Seven South Carolina community health centers will receive a combined $16 million in federal grants to expand or improve their operations, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Tuesday.

Facilities in Ridgeland, Greenwood and Columbia will get funds to address immediate needs such as updating equipment, modernizing waiting areas and repairing air conditioning, according to an HHS spokesman.

Others in Clearwater, Conway and Florence will receive funds for longer-term construction projects, the spokesman said.

One in McClellanville got grants to do both.

The federal government distributed more than $728 million to 398 health centers nationally as part of the Affordable Care Act. The HHS spokesman declined to say the number of South Carolina centers that applied for grants.

Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services Inc., Ridgeland: $500,000

Carolina Health Centers Inc., Greenwood: $466,906

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center Inc., Columbia: $187,781

St. James-Santee Family Health Center Inc., McClellanville: $956,254

Rural Health Services Inc., Clearwater: $5 million

Health Care Partners Of South Carolina Inc., Conway: $3,897,866

Hopehealth Inc., Florence: $5 million