National Health Center Week is around the corner

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center (CHC) is recognizing National Health Center Week 2014 Aug. 10 to 16. Health care centers all over the United States are nonprofit health care providers with a mission to provide comprehensive primary health care you can trust.

Mixer:

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Craig Chamber of Commerce will host a Chamber Mixer to celebrate National Health Center Week on from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 745 Russell St. There will be free food, drinks and door prizes for Chamber members. The general public is invited to attend. RSVP to the Chamber at 970-824-5689.

CHCs treat your whole family with affordable, personalized care including primary care, behavioral health care, prescription assistance and health screening/education. Our patients are an important part of our team and we are able to get them appointments when they need one. We offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size and we also accept Medicaid, CHP, Medicare and Private Insurance.

Please join us in celebrating these accomplishments:

• VNA’s first CHC opened in Craig in summer 2008. In January 2013, a second CHC opened in Steamboat Springs to provide services for Routt County residents.

• Almost 4,500 people have gone to our CHCs for their health care since the beginning of 2013 with 9,000 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 $47,000 is eligible for a reduction in price.

• CHC providers focus preventing disease and illness before it happens with diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer screenings and help with positive changes in behavior like quitting smoking/chewing.

• CHC offers same day and next day appointments for many urgent situations.

• After hours, a bilingual answering service staffed by nurses is available for patients with medical questions and emergency situations.

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

Medical homes are valuable and necessary. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthy. 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. As a Medical Home our staff provides assistance for many areas in our patients’ life.

Our patients are an important part of our team. This year we have established a Patient Advisory Group, to garner feedback, opinions, and suggestions how we can improve our clinic. Patients have a choice in healthcare providers and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is continually working to be the Provider of Choice and your Medical Home.

For more information or to make an appointment call 824-8233 or 879-1632 or log onto www.nwcovna.org.

Gisela Garrison is the director of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Centers.

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