Katy Trail Community Health marked National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW) with community blood drive as part of a week-long campaign Aug. 9-15 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare.
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 23 million people nationwide – that’s one in 15 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. Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good as or even better than private practices.
“Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home,” Chris Stewart, CEO Katy Trail Community Health, said. “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, pediatrics, dentistry, even mental health services. Our 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.”
Katy Trail Community Health (KTCH) is an FQHC providing out-patient medical, dental and behavioral health services primarily to the low-income residents of a three county area of west central Missouri. KTCH currently provides services from three locations: a main clinic in Sedalia and two satellite clinics located in Warsaw and Versailles. In 2014, KTHC provided services to almost 15,000 people at its sites. Katy Trail Community Health is recognized as a patient-centered medical home by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the first in the West Central Missouri area to achieve this distinction. Certain project costs have been underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program.
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