Hackley Community Care Center Marks 20 Year Anniversary with Community Celebration During National Health Center Week 2012

The journey of Hackley Community Care Center—a Michigan Health Center serving Muskegon County—began in 1992 with a vision and passion to provide prenatal services to low-income women who did not have access to care. So Hackley Hospital established a Community Health Center that would provide basic care and education to community residents in greatest need.

Hackley Community Care Center (HCCC) opened its doors in a renovated house on Hackley Hospital’s campus in Muskegon. As the saying goes, “Build it and they will come.” Within just one year HCCC had outgrown the house, requiring relocation to a larger building. The Health Center moved again in 1994 to its current home at 2700 Baker Street in Muskegon Heights.

Since then HCCC has continued to renovate and expand its facility, offer additional services tailored specifically for the community, and hire additional staff to meet the ever growing demand for quality, affordable, accessible primary and preventive health care in Muskegon County. HCCC became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in 1996 and received a federal grant to provide health care services to the uninsured. In 2000 it formally disaffiliated from Hackley Hospital to become a completely separate organization.

Today a team of over 178 physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, behavioral health specialists, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, case managers, executive staff, and support staff daily focus on Hackley Community Care Center’s mission of supporting and promoting the total health of over 17,000 patients with quality, integrity, respect, and compassion.

“An individual with vision, commitment, dedication and leadership abilities can make great things happen. When you have a group of such individuals—like our dedicated staff, Board of Directors, and the incredible Muskegon community— working together with a shared vision, the impact is practically immeasurable,” said Linda Juarez, Chief Executive Officer, Hackley Community Care Center.

HCCC’s successes over the years include receiving Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, registering 17 providers for Medicaid Meaningful Use in 2011, opening a Teen Health Center, and collaborating with Community Mental Health to open a delivery site within the CMH setting. HCCC is currently in the process of redesigning its structure to provide the best quality care to patients through integrated care teams.

Most importantly, HCCC’s services have impacted the health of the community by helping to decrease the incidence of low birthweight births, increase the immunization rate and the number of women who are screened for cervical and breast cancer, and improve the ability of patients with chronic diseases to better manage their diabetes, asthma, hypertension, heart disease and depression.

Pictured L to R: State Representative Holly Hughes, State Senator Goeff Hansen, and U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga toured HCCC’s Teen Health Center at Muskgeon High School.

To celebrate Hackley Community Care Center’s 20 year anniversary and National Health Center Week 2012, local, state, and federal elected officials joined staff, patients, and members of the community today (August 9) for a tour of the Health Center and the Teen Health Center at Muskegon High School, followed by a recognition ceremony.

“Michigan Primary Care Association honors Hackley Community Care Center’s steadfast commitment to improving the health and well-being of its neigbhors in Muskegon County,” said Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “We celebrate with you and Muskegon County this week, during National Health Center Week, and look forward to continued partnership for an even healthier future.”

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