Dr. Anne Ray Joins our Clinical Team

anne rayThe CHC team is thrilled to welcome Dr. Anne Ray who will practice primary care family medicine at our Stephen D. Ratcliffe Clinic. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

She served a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Utah. She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Like many of us, Dr. Ray is bilingual English/Spanish, having studied Medical Spanish in Costa Rica.

She chose CHC because here she gets to practice the full spectrum of family medicine—from pregnancy through delivery and the rest of life. After spending time caring for people everywhere from Los Angeles to Sweden, she decided that the best way to help others improve their health was through being a family physician. Dr. Ray is passionate about helping people take charge of their own health and make smarter decisions to feel better.   She feels she’s done the most good when her patients can treat or even cure their own health problems through healthy diet, exercise and making smart decisions about their lifestyles.

Because her father was in the Air Force, Dr. Ray grew up all over and moved a lot. When she isn’t working she loves to do yoga, cook delicious food with her family and friends, and spend time with her husband, Jeremiah and two little girls, Rosalyn and Mia.

We all look forward to getting to know Dr. Ray. Looks like she’ll be a “ray” of sunshine in our practice!

We’ve beeen awarded $144,984 from HRSA for Being a High Value Health Center Quality Leader

two thumbs up Paulina top halfSalt Lake City, UT, August 26, 2015 – Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front has received a Health Center Quality Improvement grant of $144,984 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).

CHC was recognized as a Health Center Quality Leader for achieving the highest clinical performance compared to its health center peers; an Access Enhancer through increasing the number of patients served and number of patients receiving comprehensive services; and a High Value Health Center that improved cost efficient care delivery compared to the national average while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services.

HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae announced the Health Center Quality Improvement Awards yesterday as a way to recognize health center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care and to expand quality improvement systems in health centers. CHC will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities it serves.

Gerry Marty, long-time Board Governor for CHC and Chair of the organization’s Continuous Quality Improvement Committee said, “CHC’s commitment to rigorous clinical protocols and best practices is standard procedure.  The result is high quality health care at the lowest possible cost.”

Earlier this month CHC received a New Access Point (NAP) grant from HRSA to open a new service location co-located with county services at the Ellis R. Shipp Public Health Center in West Valley City.

Carolina Guitarrari DNP, FNP Joins Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC)

carolina croppedSalt Lake City, UT, July 20, 2015 – Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front announces the addition of Carolina Guitarrari DNP, FNP to its clinical care team. Guitarrari will practice primary family care at CHC’s Stephen D. Ratcliffe Clinic in the Rose Park neighborhood in Salt Lake City.

She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University Of Utah College of Nursing. Guitarrari did her Practicum of Rotations at CHC. Her professional career includes work as a Graduate Assistant/Adult and Pediatric Triage nurse at Sutter Physician Services in Salt Lake City, and as a Registered Nurse at the Salt Lake County Health Department. Guitarrari is a Certified, Licensed Registered Nurse.

CHC Receives a New Access Point Grant to open a Site in West Valley City

CHyer August 14, 2015 – We’ve received a New Access Point (NAP) grant for $874,158 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) to partner with Salt Lake Valley Health Department and open a new service location co-located with County services at the Ellis R. Shipp Public Health Center at 4535 S 5600 W West Valley City.  This will allow CHC to expand care in an area of extreme poverty where one in five residents is below the federal poverty level.

The new clinic will provide a medical health home for 2,808 uninsured patients and provide primary care including screenings, family planning, general labs and diagnostics, family planning, immunizations, well child, gynecological and obstetrical care, prenatal and perinatal services and patient referrals to specialty services.

CHC’s award was part of an announcement by the United States Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) that $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding has been released to open 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients.

Said Mark Brunson, CHC’s Board President, “CHC can ramp up services quickly at the new access point clinic and serve more people who need primary medical care in our community.  The need for high quality, low cost care far outpaces available resources in this medically underserved area of the valley.  This will improve the lives of our neighbors and our community on multiple levels and we are glad to be able to help.”

Meet CHC’s new Finance Director, James Christensen

May 28, 2015 — Please join CHC in welcoming James Christensen, MBA to our executive team as Director of Finance.  James’ office base is the 72nd Street clinic with our administrative James at his deskteam.

James earned an MBA from the University of Utah with a focus on accounting and finance in 2013.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese n 2003, with honors, and studied in Beijing, China on a scholarship.  He brings a strong financial background to his new role, with experience as the Director of Finance at Genscape in Louisville, Kentucky.  James spent the first years of his professional career as the Head of Finance at Metastock in Salt Lake City, and an Accountant and Financial Analyst for Equis International.

His business acumen spans a range of skills including business process improvement, strategic resource planning, efficiency improvement, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting—an excellent fit for his role at CHC.  He carefully analyzed Community Health Centers, Inc. before applying, and knew it was a good use for his skill set, because he is passionate about people, numbers, technology, and processes.  James feels fortunate that the executive team at CHC felt the same way.

James and his wife, Allison have known each other since Junior High School, and married three years ago. He enjoys spending time with Allison and her daughter, Reagan, who is the light of his life.   He came to CHC via Kentucky and was very happy to find a position here in Utah, where he was born and raised, and where his wife and daughter are.  He is happy to be home.

When he’s not crunching numbers or analyzing data, James enjoys napping, eating, and watching movies.  His more active interests span canyoneering, mountain biking, snowboarding, yoga, self-improvement, and carrying out home renovations.  He lives near the office, so he’ll be able to enjoy his free time pursuing these ambitious activities.  We are so glad to add James to our team of talented and dedicated professionals.

CHC Welcomes Ana Maria Galvez, MPH, PA-C

AnaCHC is delighted to announce the addition of Ana Maria Galvez, MPH, PA-C to our clinical care team.  She will practice primary care medicine at CHC’s Central City Clinic in downtown Salt Lake City.

Ana Maria holds a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a National Health Services Corps scholarship.  She earned a BS in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Master of Public Health from Emory University.  Ana Maria was an Administrative Fellow at Emory University Hospital prior to her physician assistant studies where she focused on strategic planning and hospital management. She is Board Certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the Utah State Licensing Board.

She is fluent in Spanish and is of Mexican-American decent, a great match for our patient base.  Ana Maria enjoys practicing family medicine, but has gained special expertise in women’s health while living and working in Tepic, Mexico at the Hospital General de Tepic.  Ana Maria also spent time as a Sex Education Teacher in Chimbote, Peru.  Her parents are originally from Mexico and she learned to speak Spanish at home.

Ana Maria has amassed a great deal of volunteer experience that she brings to the position, including work with the Latin American Cancer Research Association and the American Diabetes Association.  Other experience includes financial analysis for the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group; clinical services, translation, and data analysis; as a tutor; a translator; and an organizer for various organizations during her university years.

Save the Date

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Celebrate with CHC at our annual Gala—people healing people.  We’ll enjoy nature, growth, beauty, and each other, along with wine, music, food, & silent auction.

Red Butte Garden’s fragrant, stunning, inspiring grounds will be the setting.  Guests can enjoy a stroll among the trees, plants, streams, and flowers before or after stopping off at the Orangerie for some music, socializing, auction shopping, amazing food, and a variety of entertainment.  It will be an evening to remember.

The venue is Red Butte Garden’s Orangerie, at 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City where our guests will enjoy encountering nature at the most beautiful time of year.   July 18,  be there!

Call 801 858 3455 for information, or to donate a tax deductible item or funds toward our silent auction.  All proceeds benefit low income patients of CHC.


jackie for websiteMarch 13, 2015—CHC is extremely pleased to announce that Jacquelyne Montoya—our 72nd Street Clinic’s Administrative Coordinator—has been selected as the new Central City Clinic Manager.  Jacquelyne (“Jackie”) has worked for CHC since 2010.  Prior to CHC, she worked at the University of Utah as a medical assistant.  Jackie has proven that she has all the right leadership qualities that will help complement the exceptional Central City Team.  Jackie believes in strong teamwork which is an important quality to the CHC culture. Jackie exhibits the mission through her direct patient care activities.  She is an expert electronic health records user/trainer/facilitator, a hands-on manager, and is focused on the continuous quality initiatives that CHC embraces. Jackie assumes her new role at Central City on March 16th, 2015. Congratulations, Jackie!


Steed_150Please join CHC in welcoming Dalyn Steed to our clinical care team. Dalyn will practice primary care medicine at our Oquirrh View Clinic. Dalyn has recently graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and just completed her Physician Assistant Licenses NCCPA exam last month. She holds a Bachelors of Science, Physiology, and Psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and earned a Medical Assistant Certificate from Mountainland Applied Technology College early in her medical career.

Dalyn will start her professional career at CHC, having served three of her training rotations at CHC clinics. She also served rotations at the South Main Public Health Center in Salt Lake City; at Utah Cardiology in Davis County; a surgical rotation at Salt Lake Regional Hospital; Emergency Medicine and Pulmonology at the U of U Medical Center; and an overseas stint in Ghana, Africa. She considers herself a generalist, but is very interested in women’s health.

In addition to Ghana, Dalyn worked as Country Director of Volunteers on several non-profit development projects, and as a Medical Assistant in El Salvador. Dalyn also spent time in Argentina as a Spanish/English Translator, and a Volunteer Representative. She is no stranger to the adventures of visiting foreign lands.

Dalyn has been married to her husband, Jordan Steed for just over a year. The two enjoy biking, swimming, dancing and traveling together. They look forward to participating in triathlons this coming summer. A native to snow-free Arizona, Dalyn is planning to learn to ski this winter.

Dalyn’s experiences abroad, in the medical field, and speaking Spanish will positively inform her work at CHC. We are happy to add her to our team of talented and dedicated professionals

Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) and Urban Indian Center (UIC) will hold a Spirit 5K and 1K Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at Memory Grove

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Salt Lake City, UT, September 17, 2014–Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front and Urban Indian Center (UIC) announce their organizations will host their Annual 5K and 1K Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at Memory Grove Park located at 300 N. Canyon Road in Salt Lake City. This run will begin on E. Bonneville Blvd., next to the Utah State Capitol and conclude in the park. It comprises an adult 5K fun run, a 1K kid’s fun run and a 5K Family walk. The goal of this non-competitive, family-friendly event is to promote healthy lifestyles. Other activities include planting of rose bushes, an aerobic round dance, free blood pressure checks and healthy snacks.

“This event supports our commitment to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve,” said Dexter Pearce, Executive Director of the Community Health Centers, Inc. “We also want our families and friends to have fun and enjoy life.”

Onsite registration opens at 8 am. Participants will receive a free event tee shirt. A $15 donation per person is requested; however, anyone not able to donate is welcome to participate as well. All donations received will provide healthcare for uninsured, low-income individuals.