‘Let us not penalize KCHC’


Breaking off from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. last week to chart an independent course, the Kagman Community Health Center now heads into the future as a non-profit entity.

With almost 5,000 patients from all over Saipan, KCHC aims to provide services to include family care, women’s and children’s care, veteran’s care, and care for the chronically ill and elderly.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres congratulates KCHC for being awarded a $3-million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be spread out in the next three years.

“We should be giving them kudos and congratulate them for…taking the initiative and being competitive to apply for a million-dollar grant. If KCHC did not apply, the grant would have gone to someone else, so let’s not penalize them for doing what I believe is good for the community,” he said.

“We must remember that this is a grant that they applied for and they are the only entity that applied and because of that, I think we should endorse that,” he added.

The new grant awarded to KCHC left out co-applicant CHCC.

The old HRSA grant is expiring on April 30, 2018.

“I believe that KCHC will bring benefit to the community… We asked the community in Kagman and everyone would like to avail of their health services,” Torres said.

“The question that we should be asking ourselves is, will KCHC provide quality healthcare for our community? If the answer is yes, then we should support it and if not, then we should re-evaluate. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

Bea Cabrera | Correspondent
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.

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