UNION (WVDN) – National Health Center Week (Aug. 7– 3) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.
Community Health Centers provide comprehensive care to 30 million patients at 11,000 service delivery sites in every state and territory in the United States. Health centers save the health care system more than $24 billion annually in reduced emergency, hospital, and specialty care costs. Health centers are open to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Community Health Centers are patient led. More than 50% of every health center’s governing board must be patients of that health center.
In addition to honoring patients and staff, this National Health Center Week honors those front-line providers, staff, and patients who lost their lives during the (ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic. From the very beginning of the crisis, Community Health Centers began finding innovative ways to provide preventative and primary care to their patients.
Monroe Health Center has served the community for over 50 years, employs nearly 100 employees, and serves over 9,000 patients. Monroe Health Center has locations in Union, Peterstown, and Forest Hill, W.Va., and New Castle, Va.; the Craig County Dental Center in New Castle, Va.; and school wellness centers in Craig County schools and all Monroe County schools.
Monroe Health Center provides a full range of medical services including routine check-ups, well child visits, immunizations, hearing/vision screening, acute care for injury or illness, behavioral health, lactation support, school sports physicals, specialist referrals and follow-up, as well as appointments via Tele-Health. The Dental Center offers preventative and restorative dental care to improve oral health, speech, chewing ability, and cosmetic appearance to enhance nutrition, confidence, and quality of life.