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Helm Requests State Funding for Emergency Health Care Facility In Northern Dauphin County
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) testified before the House Appropriations Committee today on the critical need to include funding in the 2014-15 state budget to help establish an emergency health care facility in northern Dauphin County.

Helm told committee members the nearest emergency medical centers are at least 45 minutes away for residents of the rural, but growing, communities, including Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Lykens, Millersburg and Williamstown. Two family practice centers are located in the area, but Helm said they have no accommodation or physician to handle stroke or heart attack victims.

“The need for a medical facility is critical and increasing,” said Helm. “The development of such a facility should start immediately to meet the current and fast-approaching future needs of that area. I have spoken to officials of major hospitals and health care entities. They acknowledge the need. They offer support. But they need to see a commitment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Rep. Helm’s testimony:

Helm requested the committee include a $5 million capital expenditure for an emergency health care facility. She also asked for support of the governor’s proposal to expand access to primary care services in rural and underserved areas by providing an additional $4 million for loan repayments to doctors who commit to working in those communities.

“My No. 1 priority as a state representative is the welfare of the citizens who elected me,” said Helm. “In my case, that specifically translates to the desire to establish a much-needed medical facility in northern Dauphin County.”

Committee members heard funding requests from a number of lawmakers on the last day of budget hearings at the state Capitol. A final version of the spending plan is constitutionally required to be in place by June 30.

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Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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