Morgan County officials mark National Health Center Week
The Morgan County Commissioners declared August 7-13, as National Health Center Week to celebrate the important partnership between Tri-State Community Health Center, America’s Community Health Centers, and the communities they serve. They made the proclamation on Thursday, August 4.
Over 9,800 non-profit community health center sites in the U.S provide quality, cost effective, and accessible primary care to over 24 million Americans in underserved communities – one in every 14 Americans.
According to health center advocates, community health centers also save the U.S. healthcare system over $24 billion annually by disease prevention and management, by reducing preventable hospitalizations and emergency room utilization, as well as by reducing the need for more expensive specialty care services.
Because of this track-record, all U.S. Presidents and a majority of bipartisan Senators and Congressional representatives – including all Morgan County U.S. lawmakers - have proclaimed that Community Health Centers are a model of care that offers a bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems facing our nation.
Tri-State Community Health Center provides primary care health and prevention services to over 19,000 people at four sites in Berkeley Springs; Hancock and Cumberland, Md.; and McConnellsburg, Pa., as well as an OB/GYN Women’s Health Center in Cumberland, Md.
In 2014, Tri-State Community Health Center opened a Berkeley Springs site at 261 Berkmore Place to increase access to comprehensive quality primary health care services for everyone in Morgan County regardless of their income or insurance status.
Tri-State CEO Susan B. Walter said the health system works to understand and respond to the needs of Morgan County residents, by collaborating with Morgan County organizations to enhance the quality of life for Morgan County residents.
Tri-State Community Health Center’s community-based volunteer Board of Directors – 51% of whom are patients – assures that each site is community oriented and provides the patient-centered quality health care every individual and family wants and deserves, said Walter.