Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Devonshire Celebrates National Health Center Week

(Hemet, CA --August 10, 2017) Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Devonshire located in Hemet, California joins other community health centers across the country by celebrating National Health Center Week from August 13th – August 19th, 2017. The goal of this national campaign is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. They 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.

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they 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 opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

Neighborhood Healthcare events next week include a back to school backpack give away thanks to sponsor McKesson and Comfort Care kits given to homeless individuals thanks to sponsor Athena Health.

The San Diego Farm Bureau is donating 500 potted vegetable and herb plants that Neighborhood Healthcare will be offering to patients. A full list of activities at the various Neighborhood Healthcare centers can be found at nhcare.org

Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Devonshire is located at 903 E. Devonshire Avenue, Suite #D Hemet, CA. Staff will pass out 100 free Back to School Back Packs with supplies on Tuesday, August 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The healthcare agency asks that guests visiting the health center understand that supplies are limited and only one backpack per family will be available. Free potted herb and vegetable plants, healthy snacks, coloring books and dental goodie bags will also be offered. The afternoon will feature information about the non-profit health center’s new dental services.

Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Hemet offers medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services. The nonprofit center is one of 11 health centers operated by Neighborhood Healthcare that started helping patients in 1969. The nonprofit healthcare agency now employs 650 employees and its centers are located in San Diego and Riverside Counties. About 67,000 patients rely on the nonprofit for medical, dental, behavioral health and chiropractic care every year. To learn more about Neighborhood Healthcare, visit nhcare.org. To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org. You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW17 on Twitter.