Countdown to the Launch of National Health Center Week 2016 Begins

National Campaign Celebrates Health Centers as Bipartisan Solutions in
Healthcare

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Miami
Beach Community Health Center
(MBCHC) along with over 1,100
Federally Qualified Health Centers around the country is celebrating
National Health Center Week (NHCW). The national campaign runs August
7-13th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission
and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more
than five decades.

One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, health centers
started over 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:

  • 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
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
  • Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
  • Reducing infant mortality rates

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most
challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most
pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the
walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause
sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and
addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation,
managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in
Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a
“bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our
nation.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health
fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health
centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts,
patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental
cleanings, and much more.

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.
You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW16 or #CHCsInnovate on
Twitter.

About Miami Beach Community Health Center: Since 1977, Miami
Beach Community Health Center
has been dedicated to helping the
uninsured and underinsured in South Florida obtain affordable, quality
medical care. MBCHC is the only full-service ambulatory care health
center in Miami Beach offering patients a sliding fee schedule. Visit www.mbchc.org
for more information.

Contacts

Miami Beach Community Health Center
Trudy Pacheco, 305-538-8835,
Ext. 1712
tedwards@mbchc.com