The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger - President and CEO of OHI

Theresa Berger – President and CEO of OHI

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30th, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late.

Currently, FQHC’s service over 27 million Americans. In addition, FQHCs help to lower health care costs, create new job opportunities and help to reduce the need for hospital visits. Through this necessary funding, Health Centers are able to provide primary and preventative care services to the uninsured and underinsured populations of America. Without funding, FQHC’s would not be able to administer vaccinations, provide dental care, or offer family care services from infancy through our patient’s senior years.

For FQHCs to remain operational and continue to grow, Congress must extend the Health Center Fund and more and keep current funding levels where they are; if not raise them. If this funding cliff is not addressed, Health Centers across the country are looking at their programs being reduced by potentially 70%. This would be a devastating hit to the communities that FQHCs serve and could dramatically impact the health of the large patient populations that benefit from Health Center services. This could include the closing of nearly 2,800 Health Center Locations and a loss of more than 50,000 jobs, leaving nearly 9 million patients without the access to the care they desperately need and are currently receiving for their primary care needs.

We implore our leaders to take this message into consideration and provide a solution for this funding cliff. The health of many vulnerable patient communities depends on it.

– Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

Funding Cliff Picture

OHI Opens Its Sixth Ocean County Health Center in Brick

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), opened its sixth site in Ocean County at 1608 Route 88, Suite 207 in Brick, N.J., and is accepting new patients. The Brick Health Center, formerly run by Ocean Medical Center, has six exam rooms. OHI’s medical services include internal medicine, family medicine, and a range of pediatric services. Women’s Health services are being planned for the future.
Brick Health Center, now owned and operated by OHI, is working in partnership with Ocean Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health to include all current and new patients referred by Ocean Medical Center, in addition to accepting all new patients.
All patients of the Brick Health Center also have access to many other services OHI offers at its five other health center locations throughout Ocean County. OHI’s services include dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services, and on-site pharmacies. Patients also have access to LabCorp services at all OHI health centers and the award-winning Patient Portal that allows patients access to their medical records online.
Dr. Jay V. Wortzel and his Clinical Team are currently seeing patients at the Brick Health Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.
Dr. Theresa Berger, president and CEO of OHI, said, “OHI is proud to be able to reach out to more residents of Ocean County by opening our sixth facility. Our Brick location demonstrates the demand for more accessibility to care within the community, and we are honored to be able to deliver these needed services.”
For more information about OHI’s Brick Health Center, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.

OHI Hosts an Open House at Its Manchester Health Center

manchester-NHCW-1Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is inviting the public to an open house at its Manchester Health Center, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst, Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to debut new women’s health exam rooms and expanded OB/GYN services at this site. OHI staff will be giving free health screenings, tours, and information about all OHI services. Music and refreshments are included

OHI’s Women Health Services delivers complete and comprehensive care across all stages of a woman’s life including annual OB exams, pregnancy testing, prenatal care and delivery. OHI is excited to invite the public to come attend the Manchester Open House and get a first hand look at the new exam rooms.

If you have questions about the open house or OHI’s Women’s health Services, you should contact Kyle Fannan, marketing and development associate, at 732-719-1570.

OHI Celebrates National Health Center Week with Health Care Outreach Day on August 15

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting a Health Care Outreach Day outside of its Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St., Lakewood, N.J., from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 15 in recognition of National Health Center Week 2017.

OHI will be conducting health screenings, and giving away promotional items and information about its services.   The Health Care Outreach Day Event will focus on providing the local community with information on how Health Centers and OHI can provide services that will benefit the area’s overall health.

The theme of National Health Center Week 2017, August 13 -19, is Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities. The National Health Center Week campaign is designed to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.

For questions about the Health Care Outreach Day, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing and development associate, at 732-719-1570.

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Cancer Screenings and Mammograms Available Through OHI

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations throughout Ocean County, is working with the state-sponsored program New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) to provide cancer screenings, such as mammograms, to underinsured and uninsured patients through patient referrals.

Mammograms are being offered at Health Village Imaging, 1301 NJ-72 #100, Manahawkin; Monmouth Medical Center Jaqueline Wilentz, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch; or Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, 600 River Avenue, Lakewood.

OHI is focused on bringing specialty health care services to the communities of Ocean County. NJCEED provides comprehensive cancer education and community outreach to the vulnerable populations of New Jersey.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Wendy Cameron, Patient Navigator, at 732-363-6655 ex. 8984 or visit our website at www.ohinj.org/NJSEED.

 

Corporate Offices of Ocean Health Initiatives Move to Neptune

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), 101 Second Street, Lakewood, N.J., a federally qualified health center, has moved its corporate offices and administrative staff to larger quarters at 3600 Route 66, Suite 400, Neptune, N.J. Clinical services will occupy the vacated space in the Lakewood Health Center.
Senior management and administrative staff in the Call Center, IT, billing, wellness, and marketing are now located in Neptune. All Health Centers, however, will continue to operate and offer its services in Ocean County with no changes.

OHI Announces Its 2017 Summer Hours

OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, Manchester, and Little Egg Harbor, has announced its 2017 summer hours for all locations. As of June 5, OHI began its summer hours of operation. All sites will be open Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., pending location. Late night and Saturday appointments, not available during the summer, will resume ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­in the fall.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.  For questions about summer hours, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.