2013-08-15 / Local & State

National Health Center Week August 11-17

Tri- State Community Health Center celebrates National Health Center Week August 11-17, 2013, to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers. Tri-State’s four sites serve more than 16,400 patients in Cumberland and Hancock and in Mc- Connellsburg.

Community health centers, like Tri-State, are the largest national network of safety- net primary care providers and offer patientcentered, coordinated preventive and primary health care to more than 22 million Americans at more than 9,000 locations across the country. Health centers employ more than 9,500 physicians and more than 6,300 nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives in a multidisciplinary clinical workforce designed to treat patients holistically through quality, accessible and costeffective care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. This unique model allows health centers to save the entire health system – including the government and taxpayers – approximately $24 billion each year by educating patients, effectively treating chronic diseases, and reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and ER use.

In these tough economic times, Health Centers also serve as critical economic engines in their communities helping to power local economies. In 2009 alone, Health Centers generated $20 billion in combined economic impact in communities hardest hit by the recession. Tri-State had an overall economic impact of $14.3 million.

As community owned and operated nonprofit businesses, health centers are directed by patient majority boards, ensuring that each Community Health Center is accountable and responsive to the community it serves. A long line of bi-partisan Presidents and Members of Congress and State Legislatures have recognized the Return on Value of Community Health Centers and have supported their expansion.

National Health Center Week offers the opportunity to recognize America’s Health Centers – their staff, board members, and all those responsible for the continued success and growth of the Health Center program since it was created 50 years ago. During this National Health Center Week, we recognize the multitude of ways in which America’s Health Centers are powering and empowering healthier communities by delivering high quality, cost effective, accessible health care for all.

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