Family Health Center in Kalamazoo to Mark National Health Center Week with Visit by Congressman Upton

As Community Health Centers across the country and Michigan celebrate National Health Center Week 2010 (August 8th-14th), Family Health Center in Kalamazoo is hosting Congressman Fred Upton on August 11 to showcase the comprehensive, quality health care it provides to thousands of community members a year.

“Our mission is to ensure quality health care with dignity for all of Kalamazoo County, and we provide excellent health care to anyone who walks through our doors, regardless of their income level or insurance benefits,” said Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center.

Congressman Upton has been a strong supporter of Community Health Centers over the years, understanding their value as health care homes for people who might otherwise go without the care they need because of where they live, the language they speak, their complex health care needs, or their lack of an insurance card.

This year’s National Health Center Week observance is different than those of years’ past, as Health Centers are rapidly expanding to increase access to care for millions more people thanks to stimulus funding.  Health Centers were among the first recipients of dollars allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to build new and expanded facilities while also creating and retaining jobs in communities hardest hit by the economic recession.  Now that America’s health care system is undergoing transformation as the result of health reform, Community Health Centers stand ready to welcome more patients than ever.

Family Health Center used the funding it received under ARRA to extend hours each day to enable patients to make appointments at times that are convenient for them.  They also hired additional staff to accommodate increased patient volume and provide more hours of primary care, and are in the process of renovating a new building that will house five new dental operatories and four new behavioral health clinicians to provide outpatient therapy.

The Family Health Center’s National Health Center Week event is being sponsored in part by Pfizer Helpful Answers® Sharing the Care™ Program, which offers free Pfizer medicines for eligible patients at participating Community Health Centers. 

For more information about Family Health Center, go to www.fhckzoo.com.  To learn about Michigan Community Health Centers, visit www.mpca.net.  For more information about National Health Center Week, go to www.healthcenterweek.org.

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