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Letter to the editor: Community health centers should be celebrated

Northwest Colorado Health invites you to celebrate National Health Center Week.

A bright spot in America's health care system, community health centers serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow with the demand for affordable primary care.

Together, health centers across the country have a significant record of success that includes:

• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings

• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room

• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit

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• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent

• Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than 2 percent of the national Medicaid budget.

Community health centers — also called Federally Qualified Health Centers — are located in areas identified by the federal government as high-need with too few physicians, higher-than-average infant mortality and elevated poverty. Many community health centers are located in rural areas.

Helping patients prevent chronic health problems and complications, which contribute to high health care costs, is the driving force behind community health centers.

At Northwest Colorado Health, primary care, dental and behavioral health providers work together to increase patients' chances of attainting optimal health. Our clinics in Craig and Steamboat Springs provide health care to anyone who needs it. We accept Medicaid for all qualified services, including dental. Patients who don't have insurance pay on a sliding scale.

To learn more, go to northwestcoloradohealth.org/chc.

Sincerely,

Diana Hornung, M.D.

Jim Dudley, M.D., medical director

Anna Lundeen, M.D.

Josh Welch, M.D.

Julia von Allmen, PA-C

Frani Jenkins, PA-C

Cinde Porter, PA-C

Suzanne Holm, DNP-C

Ken Davis, PA-C

Lilia E.U. Luna, Psy.D

Clifford C. Chapin, DDS

Gisela Garrison, director of health center

Northwest Health's Community Health Center team

 

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