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Health care center has new name

The Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center has changed its name to the Neighborhood Health Center.

"Our new name and look truly reflect what Neighborhood Health Center is all about, and that is a strong partnership of people and community who work together to meet the unique and diverse health conditions of the people we serve," Joanne Haefner, executive director, said in a statement.

The health center is one of two federally qualified health centers in Buffalo. Federally qualified health centers receive financial help from the government in exchange for providing fairly comprehensive basic medical services regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

The federal health reform law -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- included $11 billion in new funding over five years to expand federally qualified centers, and the Lawn Avenue organization is planning to operate an additional facility on the city's Lower West Side.

However, none of the federally qualified health centers in Western New York received money in the 2011 grant awards announced earlier this month.