ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - The Rock Island County Health Department board members have decided to prolong their decision to shut down their family and the women's health services, for one month. Both programs could be cut in the next few weeks due a lack of funds, and patients.
Rock Island county health care workers say in the last three years the programs have lost over a combined $500,000. Since 2010 the family planning grants from the state have decreased 64%. The Chief Operating Officer for the Rock Island County Health Department, Janet Hill says they’re worried services provided to women, such as annual checkups, birth control, and hormone shots will all be gone in the next few months.
“The board is looking at those numbers and they're wondering how they are going to make this work, that's a lot of money when you're government and you're a non-profit and it just has to come from somewhere. No one’s happy about this, nobody our staff has worked extremely hard to get our patient numbers up,” said Hill.
Board members say they want to weigh their options before making their final decision. The next board meeting will be April 6th, at the Rock Island County Health Department