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Plans Underway for National Community Health Center Celebrations

August 9, 2010

ROLETTE, N. D. - For more than 40 years, health care centers in North Dakota have provided high-quality primary and preventive health care to low-income North Dakotans. The decades of care are being commemorated starting today (Monday), during National Health Center Week.

Every center in the state has something different planned to mark the occasion. For instance, Northland Community Health Center is hosting pancake breakfasts and slide shows to inform patients about what each clinic does. Nikki Medalan, director of patient services at Northland, says people will be able to clearly see the benefits of having a community health center.

"And that includes a lot of preventive care, making sure that people can utilize their local clinics as a health care facility, rather than seeing a doctor in an emergency room."

She says one thing North Dakotans need to know about community health centers is that they can get quality treatment there despite their economic situations. The centers accept patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

"Our providers are absolutely top-notch, second to none. The quality of care given here is just quality of care given to all, rather than just quality of care given to those who have insurance or can pay."

Medalan says health care reform laws are emphasizing the importance of primary and preventive care to keep health care costs down. More than $1 billion in health reform and stimulus dollars will go to centers across the country this fall, allow them to expand staff and facilities.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND