CHC Welcomes Pediatrician Amber Sharp Heise

Amber Head ShotApril 28, 2014–CHC is very pleased to announce the addition of Amber Sharp Heise, MD to our primary care medical home clinical care team roster.  Dr. Heise will practice pediatric medicine at CHC’s Oquirrh View Clinic in Taylorsville, serving the west side of the valley.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

A Utah native, Dr. Heise earned her BS in Biology at the University of Utah and also studied at Morgan State University in Baltimore and the University of Oregon in Eugene.  She holds a Doctor of Medicine from Oregon Health & Sciences University. Dr. Heise completed her residency at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Heise most recently practiced in Grand Forks North Dakota.  Previously she practiced in McKinleyville, California and El Paso, Texas.  She is bilingual in English, Spanish, and is familiar with American Sign Language.  She loves treating children and aspires to excite her young patients about the wonders of science in the context of explaining to them how their bodies work.

She and her husband, Tim have four children ages 1 ½ to 8 and another on the way, due in August.   They are happy to be back in Utah, close to friends and family.  Dr. Heise enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading when she isn’t busy with family or work.  Her husband, Tim has just completed law school and is currently studying for the Bar exam.

Welcome Family Practice Physician Suzanne Lee

suzanne leeCHC is delighted to add Suzanne E. Lee, MS, MD to our primary care medical home clinical care team roster.  Dr. Lee is bilingual in English and Spanish, and will practice family medicine at our two Box Elder County Clinics: Bear River Clinic in Tremonton, and Clinica de Buena Salud in Brigham City.

Dr. Lee has an extensive educational background and holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California at San Francisco. She earned an MS degree in Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley, and an MS degree from Stanford in Epidemiology, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science with a minor in Spanish.

Dr. Lee has lived throughout the West; serving her residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise and her internship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education Department of Family Medicine in Phoenix.   She is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and has six years of experience practicing as a family medicine physician including in Utah in the Exodus Healthcare Network.

She likes family practice because she views the opportunity to treat the whole family as a great way to ensure each patient’s health care plan is comprehensive.

Dr. Lee grew up in Phoenix.  She and her husband, Brandon Kirby, enjoy the outdoors, hiking, gardening, and traveling to National Parks every year.  They have traveled internationally, including to Italy, Guatemala, Argentina and Chile.   They are looking forward to outdoor adventures here in Utah and the west where, if called upon, Lee can utilize her skills in Wilderness Medicine.

True Visionaries

the Holloways

March 14, 2014–Dr. Arthur Holloway and his lovely wife Ann have been providing volunteer optometry services for CHC for 35 years.  Compassion for those in need and a passion for helping community members improve their vision has been their hallmark and low-cost, high-quality vision services have been the result.  The Holloways are retiring and CHC wishes them all the best and offers up our heartfelt thanks for their service these many years.  Talk about generosity of spirit and willingness to share freely of one’s talents!   Bless you both and happy trails.

Pediatrician Maggie Hull, MD, FAAP Joins CHC

DeceMaggie Hull, MDmber 10, 2013–CHC is very happy to welcome Pediatrician Maggie Salem Hull, MD, FAAP to our clinical care team.  She will practice primary care pediatric medicine at CHC’s Oquirrh View Clinic in Taylorsville.  Dr. Hull holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah School of Medicine.  She served her pediatric residency at the Pediatrics Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  Dr. Hull is licensed in the state of Utah and has ten years of experience practicing as a general pediatrician. She believes strongly in the importance of educating not only her patients, but the whole family on healthy behaviors and choices.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hull has lived in the United States since she was nine.  She enjoys the outdoors, cycling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.  She and her family try to visit Egypt every other year to maintain the cultural connection that is so important to them.   Dr. Hull is active in community outreach including as a physician contributor to KTMP radio, as a science fair instructor in the local public school system, and as a prenatal class teaching volunteer. She also serves on the Intermountain Healthcare Peer Review Committee.  Dr. Hull will apply an authentic dose of empathy to her pediatric patients that comes from her own experience as a CHC patient at our SDR clinic during her adolescent years in Salt Lake City.

Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) has received a New Access Point Grant to open a new Site in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City

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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.

Keeping Utah’s Kids Disease Free is Our Passion and Our Goal

Eugenia and Jackie are the vaccination queens

October 1, 2013–Vaccinations work.  Today, formerly common childhood illnesses like measles have all but disappeared. Before widespread immunization in the US, infectious diseases killed or disabled thousands of children each year. Vaccines are extremely safe and effective.  Usually vaccines cause no side effects or only mild reactions such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Serious reactions are extremely rare. The risks of serious disease from not vaccinating are far greater.

That’s why we make every effort to vaccinate our patients.

CHC has just learned that our 72nd Street Clinic is #1 in the State for Immunizations for children 0-3 years old.  94% of the clinic’s young patients are immunized, a record for Utah, that includes all health care organizations that provide vaccinations to children, according to Deanne Pranke, RN-BSN, Clinical Programs Coordinator for the Association for Utah Community Health.

Congratulations to Clinic Director Eugenia Araya and Assistant Jackie Montoya for their tireless efforts in reaching out to their young patients to get them into the clinic and immunized.

CHC to Guide Consumers in Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act

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Salt Lake City, UT, July 12, 2013– Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front announces it has received a federal grant of $266,900 to help enroll patients into insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” CHC is one of more than 1,100 community health centers nationally to share in $150 million in grant money for training and deploying “health care navigators” to meet the needs of previously uninsured patients, beginning October 1, when enrollment opens.  In Utah, a total of eleven clinics received the funding.

“64% of our existing patients, about 20,000 Utahns, are currently uninsured,” said Dexter Pearce, Executive Director for Community Health Centers, Inc. “We will expand our staff to add a navigator at each of our five clinics going forward.  CHC staff members are trained in patient advocacy and education so it’s a natural extension of our mission to help these community members negotiate the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.”

The federal health care law will require most Americans to obtain coverage or face a financial penalty.

U.S. Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary Wakefield says health centers are in a great position to help Americans enroll in coverage, understand the benefits and explain how health insurance works: “What a deductible is, what a premium is, for example…they’ll be assisting them all the way through the process.”

CHC achieves Primary Care Medical Home Certification

GoldSeal_4colorSalt Lake City, UT, May 9, 2013 Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front announces it has been reaccredited by the Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program. In addition, CHC has achieved Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification. CHC is one of only 55 organizations in the U.S. to earn this distinction by the Joint Commission.

CHC first earned accreditation in 2004 has maintained accreditation since then.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards including providing excellent, safe, and effective care of the highest quality, and in realizing continuous public health care improvement.

CHC Announces Staff Additions and Promotion

Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) Announces Staff Additions and Promotion

Salt Lake City, UT, May 3, 2013 Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), the leading non-profit community health center organization on the Wasatch Front announces the addition of four new Medical Professionals and the promotion of the organization’s Dental Manager to Clinic Director at the Oquirrh View Clinic.

Tate Jensen, PA-C also joins the Oquirrh View Clinic where he will provide Family Practice clinical care. Jensen brings years of experience in family medicine and urgent/emergency care to the position. He earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Both Jerman and Jensen speak fluent Spanish, a skill that is important in treating CHC’s Spanish-speaking patients.

John Lelis, MPAS, PA-C, joins CHC’s 72nd Street Clinic in Midvale and will provide Family Practice clinical care. John holds a master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah and brings recent experience at the Yakima Valley Farm Worker clinic in Grandview, Washington to his new role with CHC.

Maria Valdizan-Garcia, FNP is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas. Valdizan-Garcia will provide Family Practice clinical care at CHC’s Central City Clinic in Salt Lake City.

Marcia Bueno, Dental Manager for CHC’s Dental Clinics has been promoted to Clinic Director of the organization’s Oquirrh View Clinic. Bueno has a strong background in clinical program management and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

Community Health Centers provides quality patient-centered primary care services to individuals in their native language regardless of their ability to pay. CHC currently operates four medical and two dental clinics located in areas with high numbers of low-income families throughout the Salt Lake Valley. CHC is accredited by the Joint Commission—an independent, not-for-profit organization, and the nation’s predominant standards setting and accrediting body in health care.