Marillac Clinic Celebrates Community Health Center Week 2016
One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
- Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
- Reducing infant mortality rates
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER
- Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
Health centers serve more than 24 million people nationwide – that’s one in 13 Americans, including 7 million children and 260,000 veterans. Health centers are also increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not. Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals.
Marillac Clinic has operated as a safety net clinic since 1988 serving thousands of low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families in Mesa County. In May 2015, Marillac Clinic was awarded the Federally Qualified Community Health Center designation. Marillac continues to grow and expand to meet the ever increasing need for health care services to our most vulnerable in Mesa County.
“Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home,” said Kay Ramachandran, Chief Executive Director. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services, prenatal, pediatrics, adults and seniors; dentistry, behavioral health and optical services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. We have two permanent locations. Our main clinic on North 6th next to St. Mary’s Hospital and our second clinic co-located at the Mesa County Health Department. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during Community Health Center Week.”
To learn more about Marillac Clinic, please visit: www.MarillacClinic.org.
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at www.nachc.org.
Colorado Community Health Network at www.cchn.org