Models of Excellence
Models of Excellence in Health Care Innovation
The Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties have become models of excellence in health care innovation. This success is due in large part to community ownership and direction under a community board – over half of the board members are patients of the Health Center – that is responsive to the community as well as individual patient needs.
Consumer participation on the governing board ensures high quality care and affordable costs for services. This board structure assures the decision-makers accurately reflect the community that is being served. It also makes the board more patient-centered when making recommendations in how to improve health and wellness, patient and community involvement, cost savings, and supporting local economic opportunity.
The Health Center ‘family’ across the United States
Community Health Centers serve the primary health care needs of more than 22 million patients in over 9,000 locations across America. They play a crucial role in the nation’s health care system, providing affordable health services for millions of uninsured, the working poor and newly jobless Americans. Health Centers are good for the country. They lower overall health care costs, improve the health of their patients and generate economic opportunities in the communities they serve by providing jobs and training for local people.
Community Health Centers create savings in health care every time a patient opts for an exam and treatment at the first sign of a health issue instead of waiting until a costly emergency room visit or hospitalization is the only option.
Each health center takes a tailored approach to meet the unique needs of the people in its surrounding community. That local approach to health care, combined with an emphasis on comprehensive preventative care, generates $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system – for the American taxpayer, local, state and federal governments and public and private payers alike.
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