Valley Health Celebrates National Health Center Week


Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – This year Valley Health is celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW) with a full slate of events. NHCW is a national campaign running August 13-19 with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.

 

“Health centers serve as a hub for patient care in our community, providing needed health services to patients who may have chronic health conditions, including mental health problems and substance use,” Rebecca Denning, lead psychologist at Valley Health, explained. “They assist patients in navigating community resources and focus on preventative efforts and integrated care teams.”

 

Valley Health is kicking off the week with a social media contest where participants are invited to share pictures of what it means to them to #BeValleyHealthy, which could be taking a walk, playing outside or eating their favorite healthy snack. Each time they share a post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #BeValleyHealthy #NHCW17 (be sure to check the privacy setting), they will be entered to win a $25 gift card (one card will be awarded each day). The winners will be announced daily, Aug. 14-18, at 5 p.m.

 

Baskets valued at $50 will also be given away at each Valley Health medical office. To enter, patients should visit the Valley Health office nearest them. Winners will be drawn the end of each office’s work day on Friday.

 

Tuesday, August 15, Valley Health will be partnering with WIC, WVU Extension and Wayne County Farmers Co-Op to host a Pop-Up Farmer’s Market. The farmer’s market will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or while supplies last) at the Valley Health – Wayne office, located at 42 McGinnis Drive across from Wal-Mart. WIC vouchers will also be accepted.

 

Finally, on Thursday, August 17, Valley Health will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at its East Huntington office located at 3377 US Route 60. The drive will be from 1 – 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/give. Walk-ins are also welcome.

 

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are one of the bright spots in America’s health care system, serving more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. They offer a wide variety of services including medical; behavioral health; dental; optometry; pediatrics; ob-gyn; internal medicine; ear, nose and throat; and pharmacy. Over the years, 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.
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent.
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget.
  • In WV, CHCs serve nearly 1 in 4 citizens.
  • Valley Health provides access for more than a quarter million visits each year, serving nearly 65,000 patients.

 

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care 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 opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

 

Valley Health Systems, Inc. is a network of over thirty non-profit health centers that has been a Tri-State leader in the delivery of primary healthcare since 1975. For more information about Valley Health, visit www.valleyhealth.org or call 304.781.5118.

 

To learn more about NHCW, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.

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