ACHS Celebrates National Health Center Week 2012August 03 2012 - Press Release
Ammonoosuc Community Health Center is marking National Health Center Week 2012 (NHCW) by co-hosting Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce’ August Business after Hours with the Beal House Inn as part of a weeklong campaign (August 5-11) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions. The event takes place Wednesday, August 8th, from 5-7 pm at ACHS, 25 Mt. Eustis Road in Littleton.
This year’s theme “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities” underscores how Community Health Centers provide access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States. Health centers are comprised of partnerships between people, government and communities who work together to meet the health care needs of the communities they serve and are run from the bottom up, by a patient-majority governing board who guides how limited resources are effectively directed to meet those needs.
Health centers provide a medical home to over 20 million people at 8,000 sites nationwide. ACHS is the medical home to nearly 10,000 patients at its 5 sites. The health center model of care was rated as one of the most effective programs by then-President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget. Indeed, presidents from both parties and Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have long-recognized the value of health centers and supported their expansion.
With more access to health centers like ACHS, health care costs and unnecessary hospitalizations and visits to the hospital emergency rooms can be greatly reduced.
“Studies show when illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and depression are not appropriately managed or prevented, they account for a significant portion of the skyrocketing costs for families and the entire health care system,” said Ed Shanshala, ACHS CEO. “Health centers, like Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, have been leaders in showing the value of this approach as an effective way to address more needs, improve health, and contain costs. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”