Kinston Community Health Center – Health Care Week

KINSTON COMMUNITY
HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Hope For Equal Access

324 N. Queen Street Kinston, North Carolina 28501

(252)522-9800 – www.kinstonhealth.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sanja Hudson BSBA MBAhc

July 19, 2013 Chief Executive Officer

252-522-4350 ext. 250

shudson@kinstonhealth.org

August 11-17 DECLARED COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WEEK

KINSTON, N.C.-Governor Pat McCrory has declared August 11-17th Community Health Center Week for the state of North Carolina. Mayor BJ Murphy has also declared this week in Kinston to recognize the important contributions Kinston Community Health Center provides to Lenoir and surrounding counties.

National Health Center Week 2013 is a week long campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care; the theme for 2013 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in our Local Communities”. Health Centers have been in existence for over 45 years successfully reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, producing $24 billion in annual health system savings, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ED and generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.

Health Centers serve numerous people nationwide and are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families. The Kinston Community Health Center (KCHC) scope of service includes Lenoir, Craven, Pitt, Duplin, Jones, Wayne, Greene and Onslow counties and serves almost 10,000 residents. KCHC provides quality Family Medicine, Dental, Pediatrics, Ob-gyn, Behavior Health, Outreach and WIC services and accepts all insurances. Depending on your income a person could be seen at a discounted rate. Currently there are more than 80 employees; this includes Board Certified Physicians, clinical and administrative support. Recently KCHC was chosen to be a hub for Eastern North Carolina to educate and enroll uninsured individuals for health insurance. “This opportunity will not only allow KCHC to reach more individuals for their medical and dental needs but also hire additional staff keeping the community healthy while increasing economic growth,” said Sanja Hudson, CEO

“Daily in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home,” said, CEO. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. Quality healthcare results in a healthy community this is what health care should be and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week”.

Kinston Community Health Center will be hosting several free screenings through this week and will end with the annual Community health fair on August 17th. To learn more about the week’s activities and dates visit www.kinstonhealth.org.

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