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SEARHC Celebrates National Health Center Week 2014 August 10-16

JUNEAU, August 12, 2014 – The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is recognizing National Health Center Week 2014 (NHCW) in order to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers have traditionally drawn bipartisan praise from Members of Congress, as well as the White House. The Community Health Center safety net serves over 22 million people across the country and has been successful in reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities, producing $24 billion in annual health system savings, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER, and generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.

The theme for NHCW 2014 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities,” which underscores how health centers deliver quality care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies. Community owned and operated businesses health centers employ hundreds of thousands of individuals at about 9,000 delivery sites across the nation. In addition to primary care services, health centers provide a comprehensive range of services that enhance access to care, well-being, and economic and workforce development in the community, such as casework, transportation, daycare and housing assistance. 

“Health centers are a proven model that has delivered multiple returns on the public and private investment for the past 50 years,” said SEARHC Director of Practice Management, Eric Gettis. “We provide a patient centered medical home for and operated by the community that addresses the local needs fostering a healthier community. Patients not only get the care they need, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”

To learn more about the mission and accomplishments of Community Health Centers please visit the web site of the National Association of Community Health Centers at www.nachc.org.

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