Health Care: House approves $700,000 for clinic, cancer study; goes to Senate

Also: St. Joseph's physician group has new specialist; launchesThe U.S. House of Representatives, with leadership from local Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, approved about $700,000 for local health care organizations in Marin and Sonoma counties.

If approved by the Senate, the dollars from a Labor, Health and Education Appropriations bill would provide about $500,000 to Petaluma Health Center and about $200,000 for a research project investigating the increasing rate of breast cancer in Marin.

In Petaluma the funding would be used for the federally qualified health center's plans to move to a new facility almost four times its current size. The center will need about $15 million to purchase and renovate the building on North McDowell Boulevard.

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St. Joseph Health System Sonoma County is moving forward with expansion to its revived medical practice with the addition of a critical care specialist and others on the way.

The health system opened the primarily pediatrics practice through its Orange-based, 1,600-physician Heritage Health Care Foundation last fall after going on a six-year hiatus from a group formed in Sonoma County years before.

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