Isabella County Health Center Receives Perfect Score on Federal Site Inspection
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. (ICH), a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary health care to residents of Isabella County, has successfully completed a site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ensuring continued funding from the Federal agency.
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) via the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Health Centers receiving grant money from HRSA are required to be compliant with 19 program requirements in four general areas – need, services, management and finance, and governance, in order to receive a continuation of funding. ICH received no conditions against continued funding for any of the 19 program requirements – a rare achievement, especially for such a new FQHC.
The management staff at ICH credited much of the visit’s success to the Center’s staff.
“Meeting all 19 program requirements, without any conditions against the Center’s funding, is a testament to the exceptional people that make ICH’s success possible,” says Jennifer White, Executive Director at ICH. “I want to thank the staff, providers, and ICH’s Board of Directors, both past and present, for their time and dedication to our success. I am proud to be part of a team that has come together to create an organization from the ground up that will serve many, many people for years to come.”
“I am very proud of the team here at ICH. The visit results validated all the hard work and commitment to develop this much needed community resource,” says Michael McConnon, MD, Medical Director and Family Medicine Physician at ICH. “It was a positive learning experience and we are eager to continue improving the way we help people access primary medical care in this community.”
ICH opened a community health center in 2013 with the purpose of providing primary medical care and related support services to all people in Isabella County and the surrounding area. The Center became a FQHC in 2015 and is one of the 39 FQHC organizations in Michigan. ICH served 4,337 people in 2015, and that number is growing every day, especially with the addition of a new Pediatric office this past January.
“We are constantly working to recruit new providers and expand services to continue to increase access to primary medical care for people of all ages in central Michigan,” adds White.
ICH provides the full complement of primary health care services across all life cycles including behavioral health, dental, and the new site for pediatrics. These services are available to all people regardless of insurance status, age, race, color, socio-economic status, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, housing status, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap or disability, age, veteran status, or any other federally protected status.
ICH is a Federally Qualified Health Center that follows the Patient-Centered Medical Home care model and provides comprehensive primary care to people of all ages in the Isabella County area. The Health Center offers a wide variety of services to patients, with a commitment to improving overall health. The Center’s mission is to provide the highest level of health care, yielding an improved quality of life in Isabella County through assured access to primary health care.
To learn more about Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. www.isabellahealth.org.
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Source: Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc.