Salt Lake City, UT, November 7, 2013 – Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front has received a New Access Point (NAP) grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) to start a new CHC site in the Glendale area. This will allow CHC to expand care in an area of extreme poverty where nearly 50% of the residents are below 200% of the federal poverty level. The new clinic includes dental and behavioral health, providing a medical health home 3,400 uninsured patients. CHC has been improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most in Utah for over 30 years, and has increased its reach in response to increased need.
The new CHC Glendale area medical clinic will be staffed with a family physician, two Certified Physician Assistants, and four clinical support staff. The dental clinic will be staffed by a dentist, dental hygienist, and three dental technicians. Behavioral health staff will include a successessay behavioral health provider, and a case manager.
The clinic will provide primary care including screenings, family planning, emergency medical services, general labs and diagnostics, family planning, immunizations, well child, gynecological and obstetrical care, prenatal and perinatal services, preventative dental care, and patient referrals to specialty services. CHC is certified as a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) by the Joint Commission.
Said Bob Bunnell, CHC’s Board of Governors President, “I am thrilled that CHC will have the increased capacity to serve more people who need primary medical care in our community. Our Board is proud of CHC’s dedicated clinical and administrative team, who do great things in delivering outstanding health care to the underserved.”
The consumer-based CHC Board of Governors comprises at least 51% of Board members who are users of CHC’s services, and works to ensure that CHC’s services meet the needs of the populations that their clinics serve.