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August 13, 2013 > Making a difference in health care

Making a difference in health care

Submitted By Elaine Nagel

Tri-City Health Center (TCHC) continues to make a difference as the medical home of 23,000 patients and 55% are uninsured. "We don't ask questions, we just provide healthcare." In a continuing effort to help all members of the community, this year TCHC is focused on improving prevention and early detection of cancer, and improving patient satisfaction through new technology. The goal this year is to raise $300,000 to support community health needs. The local facility also needs a mammogram machine to help patients avoid a long, expensive trip to other facilities for this test.

TCHC's Community Awards and Breakfast Fundraiser on Friday, August 16 will celebrate National Health Center Week and include an awards ceremony to honor three outstanding patients who have exhibited excellent management of their health this past year. An award will also be presented to Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (25th District) for his outstanding commitment to public health care and continued efforts toward improving community programs.

Proceeds from this event will go toward improving patient care and service delivery. TCHC services have expanded to include medical, dental, and behavioral services that meet the needs of individuals and the entire family and evolution to an electronic health record system. Over the years, TCHC has stayed true to the mission of providing quality health care services to the underserved and uninsured families in communities of Fremont, Newark and Union City, without regard to financial position, ethnicity, language, culture, sexual orientation, or the ability to pay.

TCHC has been serving the community for nearly 42 of the 45 years of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers' existence.

"Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health home," said Dr. Zettie Page, CEO. "When people have a place to go for regular health care, they use it and stay healthier. As the preferred safety net provider in the City of Fremont, TCHC served over 23,000 patients last year regardless of their ability to pay. TCHC emphasizes disease prevention and help patients manage their chronic conditions. Patients come to us throughout their life cycle seeking services ranging from prenatal to senior care. Our services include prenatal care, pediatrics & immunizations, teen services, adult primary care, women's health and family planning, adult and senior health screenings, community outreach and health education, behavioral health, dental care, and HIV/HEP C prevention, testing, treatment and case management services. Our patients not only get the care they need in a single system of service, but they are treated in one of 19 languages and with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be doing, and why we celebrate National Health Center Week."

TCHC Community Awards breakfast
Friday, Aug 16
7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Fremont Marriott Hotel
46100 Landing Pkwy.,Fremont
(510) 252-6864
$75 per person

Tri-City Health Center
39500 Liberty St., Fremont
Appointments (510) 770-8040
Administration (510) 770-8133

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