Brevard Health Alliance To Celebrate National Health Center Week 2018 Aug. 12-18

By  //  July 25, 2018

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National Campaign Celebrates Healthcare Heroes

Brevard Health Alliance, led by CEO Lisa Gurri, is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. BHA provided 219,700 visits to 46,400 patients in 2016 covering family medicine and pediatric primary care, preventative and restorative dental health services, psychology, and psychiatry for its patients.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard Health Alliance (BHA) will hold a recognition event to celebrate its staff and healthcare providers to mark National Health Center Week 2018.

The event is part of a national campaign during the week of August 12 through 18 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Community Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

“The theme of this year’s National Health Center Week is ‘Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Healthcare Heroes,’ but none of us who work at health centers consider ourselves heroes,” said Lisa Gurri, BHA Chief Executive Officer. “Rather, we are people of the community who believe that affordable health care should always be within reach for everyone who needs it.

“Aligning with National Health Center Week, BHA is promoting a Pediatric Stay Strong Campaign, focusing on staying ahead of medical needs, back-to-school necessities, and educating patients about what a medical home is,” said Gurri.

“After the visit, each patient will receive a small gift to keep them active and show them extra appreciation from their new medical home! During the week, we will also take the time to recognize our own ‘healthcare heroes’ our provider and support staff, with a special individual thank you from everyone in the organization. During this time, we are emphasizing what a medical home is, why it is important, and how we are able to wrap various services and points of care around our patients.”

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BHA is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. Health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent
  • BHA specifically produced $49.3 million in annual economic impact to Brevard County and has created over 500 direct and indirect jobs

BHA operates eight primary care locations across Brevard County as well as a Mobile Health Unit (above) providing services to citizens at various locations throughout the county. Staff on the unit provide professional medical care to Brevard’s residents ‘where they are’; on the streets, in shelters, at soup kitchens and drop-in centers. The unit is open to the public on Wednesdays from 8 am – 3:30 pm at Daily Bread, 815 Fee Avenue, Melbourne (32901). No appointment necessary; first come, first served. For information, call 321-914-5864.

The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s National Health Center Week. More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists and dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists, and much more.

Working together, these healthcare heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness, and substance use disorders. It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success and along with it a long tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

To learn more about BHA, please visit bhachc.org

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