2018-08-23 / Front Page

Tri-State Community Health Receives Two Awards, Grant

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


McConnellsburg’s Tri-State Community Health Center receives two national awards while celebrating National Health Center Week. Pictured, left to right: Sheila DeShong, COO of Tri-State; Robert McKenna, HRSA representative; state Rep. Jesse Topper; Leah Suter, HRSA representative; Susan Walter, CEO of Tri-State; Commissioner Rodney McCray; Tracy Salvano, Tri-State board president; and Cordelia Carson, Tri-State board secretary. McConnellsburg’s Tri-State Community Health Center receives two national awards while celebrating National Health Center Week. Pictured, left to right: Sheila DeShong, COO of Tri-State; Robert McKenna, HRSA representative; state Rep. Jesse Topper; Leah Suter, HRSA representative; Susan Walter, CEO of Tri-State; Commissioner Rodney McCray; Tracy Salvano, Tri-State board president; and Cordelia Carson, Tri-State board secretary. Local, state, and congressional representatives arrived at Tri- State Community Health Center last Thursday at noon to congratulate staff on being awarded the Health Center Quality Leader Award and the National Quality Leader Award. This makes the Fulton County Tri- State Health Center one of 36 health centers in the nation to receive an award. The awards were presented to Tri-State Community Health Center CEO Susan Walter by Leah Suter, a representative from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“As Tri-State reported their measures for 2017, they exceeded their goals. They provided better diabetic care than most national benchmarks,” said Suter when presenting the awards.

In addition to the awards a grant in the amount of $83,000 was given to the health center.

Tri-State Community Health Center is one of 1,400 federally funded health centers in the United States. During introductions, the health center also received a Senatorial Citation from Juliana Albowicz, Western Maryland outreach director for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.

“Our staff, our board of directors all have a passion for community ... they have a want to improve life,” CEO Walter said as she thanked everyone for their tireless work ethic.

August 13-18 was National Health Center Week, and the luncheon last Thursday was one of the many ways health center staff celebrated.

The Tri-State Community Health Center serves almost 20,000 patients in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. Nationally, federal health centers serve 27 million people at more than 10,600 sites.

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