Gisela Garrison and Dr. Diana Hornung: Health Center Week

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To the editor:

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2011 from August 7 to 13 to raise awareness about America’s health centers.

Medical homes are valuable and necessary. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthy.

The Community Health Center provides quality, affordable primary care to the community and so much more.

Patients not only get the care they need under one roof, 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.

Quick facts about the Community Health Center:

• Almost 3,500 people have gone to the Community Health Center for their health care in the first six months of 2011 with more than 5,000 medical visits and 840 behavioral health visits.

• All services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare are also accepted. A family of four making less than $44,700 is eligible for a reduction in price.

• The Community Health Center offers same day and next day appointments for many urgent situations.

• 82 percent of Community Health Center clients come from Moffat County, 14 percent from Routt County and the remaining 4 percent are from surrounding counties and Wyoming.

• After hours, an answering service is available for patients with medical questions and emergency situations.

• To help people determine if they need to be seen by a doctor immediately, a medical professional talks to more than 200 people per month. If they cannot manage their condition at home, a same day appointment is made.

• The Community Health Center helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need. In the first six months of 2011, 150 applications for more than 70 clients were successfully processed and the clients received $150,000 worth in prescription assistance.

• The Community Health Center employs two physicians, two physician assistants, a nurse practitioner, five medical assistants, two behavioral health counselors (who share one full-time position) and multiple administrative staff members.

• The Community Health Center was recently remodeled to provide six more exam rooms for patients. The funding for this project was provided by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

• The Community Health Center is a division of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a 501(c)3 and is supported locally by the Moffat County Commission and Moffat County United Way.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 824-8233 or log onto www.nwcovna.org.

Health center director Gisela Garrison and Dr. Diana Hornung, medical director Community Health Center

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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