One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic.
Alliance CEO Karen Matthews told the Delta Democrat Times that some of the money will be used to expand the use of electronic health records. Other funds will repair the roof and floors and replace lighting and the air conditioning system.
Work is expected to begin in January. Officials say the clinic, which is owned by DHA, has plans to expand and partner with the Leland School District on educational programs.
The clinic recently expanded its hours, staying open later on Mondays and opening earlier on Saturdays to accommodate working families.