We're proud to announce that Staff Care is a Bronze Sponsor of National Health Center Week 2017, an annual week-long celebration of that essential American conduit of care, the community health center.
Organized by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), National Health Center Week (NHCW) is marked by dozens of events held across the United States. From luncheons for students and community workers (like police and firefighters) to open houses and back to school health fairs, the sheer abundance of community activity during NHCW 2017 means it's easy to get involved, even once the week has already kicked off. (View the entire NHCW event list here.)
"One in every fifteen people living in the United States depends on health center services," the NHCW website explains. "Health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies.
Together with physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins — our sister firm and a fellow company of AMN Healthcare — we've committed to $30,000 to become an Enhanced Bronze Sponsor of this year's event.
The contribution "will help forward the vital work FQHCs do providing healthcare services through thousands of sites across the country," Staff Care leaders stated in a news release.
“The role of FQHCs is expanding, and Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care take great pride is assisting in this process in the key area of physician and advanced practitioner staffing,” said Travis Singleton, senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins, in the news release. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with FQHCs as they provide a growing number of patients with quality, affordable and accessible healthcare.”
“Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities”
This year’s National Health Center Week theme is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities” — a particularly apt fit for Staff Care, where we've long advocated for increased locum tenens staffing in the nation's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
"Patient demand for services clearly is rising at many community health centers, which, like other health care facilities, often experience peak usage periods," Staff Care Divisional Vice President wrote in a 2016 article for Community Health Forum® Magazine (read a recap here).
Noting that locum staffing firms like Staff Care specializes in providing locum tenens professionals "to address rising patient demand and expand services during peak usage periods," Waddill explains that locum doctors and clinicians "should be part of a larger strategic staffing plan in which patient demand for services and the health center’s staffing needs are projected in advance."
Locums staffing "should be a supplement to permanent staff, not a substitute for permanent personnel," Waddill adds, noting that the use of locum tenens doctors, dentists, PAs, NPs and CRNAs should be proactive and arranged ahead of time "instead of reacting to staff openings as they arise."
To help spread the word about how locum workers can help the nation's health centers, and to help provide support to community health centers in general, Staff Care representatives will be attending some of the week's activities, "presenting plaques and making presentations on the key role FQHCs play in delivering care in today’s evolving healthcare market," the news release explains. (At the time of press, these locations include events in California, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Virginia and Kentucky. For more up-to-date info on our NHCW17 activities, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Pointing out that community health centers "serve more than 25 million Americans" and produce "$24 billion in annual health system savings" while "reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room," the news release also points out that health centers do all this while keeping patient satisfaction at nearly 100%.
“The role of FQHCs is expanding, and Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care take great pride is assisting in this process in the key area of physician and advanced practitioner staffing," the news release adds. "We look forward to expanding our partnership with FQHCs as they provide a growing number of patients with quality, affordable and accessible healthcare.”
You can find more details on Staff Care's Bronze Sponsorship of NHCW 2017 here. We also invite you to contact us here for more information about our industry-leading locum tenens staffing services.
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