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You Are Invited to OHI’s Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser on February 10th!

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center and 501 (c)(3), is inviting the public to its annual Valentines’ Day fundraiser, which will support health care services for Ocean County children, adults, and seniors.

Enjoy dinner, dancing, and an Alice in Wonderland themed Casino Night, Friday, February 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Dr, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.  Tickets are $150 each.

Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are available, and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of the dinner. For further information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. The deadline for sponsorships and ad journal proofs is Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Send ad files to fundraiser@ohinj.org.

All proceeds will benefit the efforts of OHI to improve the quality of life in the community through enhanced medical care services for people of all ages, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. This includes, but is not limited to, better medical equipment, community outreach, educational materials, vaccinations, health awareness, and more.

OHI has been providing comprehensive primary and preventative care services to Ocean County’s uninsured and underinsured populations for the past 13 years. The increasing number of Ocean County families needing access to health care has resulted in OHI’s continued growth throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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OHI to Sponsor Blood Drive January 31!

One Donation Saves Three Lives!

In recognition of National Blood Donation Month, OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, is sponsoring a Blood Drive at 101 Second Street, Lakewood, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Central Jersey Blood Center.

Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old or be 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 120 pounds, and present a signature ID.  Remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.  Those with controlled high blood pressure, heart conditions, and diabetes can donate blood.

Appointments must be made in advance. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Carmen Lopez at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8363 or visit www.cjbcblood.org and click on “Donate Now.”

Since 1970, National Blood Donation Month in January reminds everyone that blood is needed all year, not just during disasters.

OHI Blood Drive, January 31st, 2017

OHI Announces Its 2016 Summer Hours

OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Lakehurst has announced its 2016 summer hours for all locations.  Starting this July until Tuesday, September 5 all sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Late night and Saturday appointments, not available during the summer, will resume Tuesday, September 5, 2016.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.  For questions about summer hours, contact Sasha Andino, outreach associate, at 732-363-6655, Ext. 8366summer-text-on-sand_7yY2cb

Dr. Berger and Beatriz Patino to Appear on Spanish-Speaking Television

Enrique Teutelo - Beatriz Patino - Theresa BergerDr. Theresa Berger, CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health care center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, and Beatriz Patino, OHI’s Health Exchange Coordinator, can be seen December 1, 2013, on the Spanish-speaking television station Univision Communications Inc., Channel 17*, at 7:30 a.m.

Enrique Teutelo, a newscaster at Univision, interviews Dr. Berger and Patino about OHI, the services offered to underinsured and uninsured individuals; how OHI can help people sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, October through March; and how to determine which plans would be best for their individual situations.

OHI has established a Health Exchange Marketplace Department to assist the public in understanding information about affordable health insurance coverage in advance of the Affordable Care Act, which begins on January 1, 2014.

Beatriz Patino - Theresa Berger (TV)Dr. Berger, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OHI since April 2003. Under her leadership, OHI has opened additional sites in Toms River and Manahawkin, has added a dental department, and 2 school based programs.

Patino, has served as a community health worker in the Central Jersey Health Consortium, Lakewood and North Brunswick. There she performed community outreach for such groups as the VNA, WIC, Women’s Wellness Centers, hospital clinics, OBGYN offices, and several resource centers. Patino earned a B.A. in political science from Kean University in 2005 and anticipates earning her Masters of Social Work Clinical Practice with Families and Children in 2016 from Kean University.

*Check local stations for the Univision Channel for your area

OHI and Chronic Care… A True Team Approach

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Israel Arroyo

Chronic Care Coordinator at Ocean Health Initiatives
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shutterstock_89752360Ocean Health Initiatives has developed a multi-discipline strategies approach for addressing the needs of the chronically ill patient.

We have developed a true team approach which incorporates Provider, Pharmacist, nursing staff, Behavioral Health and the Chronic Care Coordinator. We meet and review charts for patients that have visited our facilities for a specific disease state. We currently have three Populations of Focus (POF) that we closely monitor: Diabetes, Asthma and Hypertension. Based on the findings of our weekly meetings we bring patients in for either a nurse’s visit or an appointment to see their provider.

The patients meet individually with the Pharmacist and Chronic Care coordinator; they are counseled on proper medication usage, dietary recommendations, and physical activities. At this time we refer them to the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) if appropriate. We offer “Take Control of Your Health” in both English and Spanish, as well as “Take Control of Your Diabetes” in English and will be sending staff to cross-train in the Spanish version of the diabetes CDSMP.

We are building a new approach for addressing the needs of our high risk patients, attempting to be proactive to their concerns and minimizing multiple provider appointments for recurring issues.

Lessons learned:
• At times we must do a soft handoff to a service such as the laboratory in order to achieve a higher compliancy rate for definitive test results

• All staff is involved in patient education at all levels or areas of the patient visit resulting in improved outcomes

• We have moved to an open access appointment method resulting in higher patient satisfaction

• We have incorporated the Patient Centered Care Navigator whom calls each patient after visit to see if all needs were met and to see if any issues remain unresolved helping improve compliancy rates for provider’s plan of care

• Patients who receive one on one interaction from empathetic staff members show improved outcomes

Since costs is a primary concern among our under and non-insured patients we have instituted a 340B program and partnered with a local pharmacy to deliver prescribed medications at a substantial reduced rate. We have also arranged with our partnered laboratory service to perform certain required analysis at a reduced or discounted rate.

Health Exchange Marketplace Open for Ocean County

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health care center, with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, has established a Health Exchange Marketplace Department to assist the public in understanding information about affordable health insurance coverage in advance of the Affordable Care Act, which begins on January 1, 2014.

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The department is now made up of Beatriz C. Patino, Brick, the coordinator of the Health Exchange Marketplace, and Carmen E. Lopez, Neptune City, an associate, who will also answer questions and explain any changes. Additionally, they will help individuals sign up for health insurances during the open enrollment period, October through March, and determine what plans would be best for individual situations.

Both Patino and Lopez, who are bilingual, can be reached in the Health Exchange Marketplace Department, Lakewood, at 732-363-6655. They will also assist the public at Toms River and Manahawkin sites, and will be available at many outreach events.

Patino has served as a community health worker in the Central Jersey Health Consortium, Lakewood and North Brunswick. There she performed community outreach for such groups as the VNA, WIC, Women’s Wellness Centers, hospital clinics, OBGYN offices, and several resource centers. Patino earned a B.A. in political science from Kean University in 2005 and anticipates earning her Masters of Social Work Clinical Practice with Families and Children in 2016 from Kean University.

Lopez, a certified medical assistant (CMA), has had wide experience in a multi-physician medical practice and in hospital settings. Before joining the Health Exchange Marketplace, Lopez worked as a CMA at Loyal Source Government Services, Fort McGuire Air Force Base, and at the N.J. Urological Institute, formerly Shore Urology, Eatontown.

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

PCMH 2011.300dpi.colorThe National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), Lakewood, has achieved Level 3 Recognition at all three of its sites for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), a national program that uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes to focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be,” often leading to higher quality and lower costs, and improvement in patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.

To receive Level 3 Recognition, which expires March 2016, OHI met key program components in the following areas: written standards for patient access and continuity of care; use of patient feedback materials; appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information; responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care for individual patients and for the entire patient population; adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs; use of information technology for prescriptions, test and referral tracking, and coordination with other health care providers; use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions; and the measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.

These key standards OHI met are aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association.

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane said, “The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients. PCMH Recognition shows that OHI has the tools, systems, and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
As part of Level 3 Recognition, NCQA will list OHI’s practices and clinicians on its website with a recognition seal for PCMH. NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care