Amityville, NY – On Monday, August 14, U.S. Congressman Peter King joined Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, CHCANYS President and CEO Rose Duhan, HRHCare President and CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon, and representatives from the office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the American Cancer Society for a tour of the HRHCare Maxine S. Postal Health Center in Amityville to mark the beginning of National Health Center Week.
The tour gave the Congressman a chance to see the high-quality health care services that HRHCare has provided to Amityville residents since 2014, when HRHCare assumed leadership of the Maxine S. Postal Health Center from Suffolk County.
“It’s great to be here today, as I had the opportunity to work with Maxine S. Postal – a fearless advocate for health care,” said Congressman Peter King. “I want to commend all of you for the great work you do. Community Health Centers are one of the few issues that we can get bipartisan support for, and I am committed to working with you to continue to secure funding for the vital services you provide. Health centers save lives and save money.”
“It is wonderful to have the kick-off of National Health Center Week here in Amityville, as our work in Suffolk represents the best of how we collaborate with federal, state, and local partners,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of HRHCare. “We welcome Congressman King today, who has been a champion of community health centers and a leader on health issues, including increased federal funding for cancer research programs.”
“Ensuring we keep people in our community healthy is so important,” said NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre. “I commend HRHCare for stepping outside the four walls of your health centers to let people know about the vital services you provide in my district.”
“I was elected the same day as Maxine S. Postal, who then had this health center named after her,” said Town of Babylon Supervisor Rick Schaffer. “She taught me everything I know, and my relationship with HRHCare is based on the valuable lessons she taught me.”
From August 13 to 19, community health centers nationwide are recognizing National Health Center Week – a week designated by NACHC as a time to celebrate the incredible work of America’s community health centers. Health centers are the primary medical home for over 25 million people of all ages in nearly 10,000 rural and urban communities across the country. Nearly 2 million individuals visit a community health center in New York State alone each year.
“It is an honor to be here today and congratulate HRHCare during National Health Center Week,” said CHCANYS President and CEO Rose Duhan. “You are emblematic of the care that community health centers provide, and I commend you for the great work you’ve done.”
During National Health Center Week, the American Cancer Society, in partnership with NACHC, presents national awards to individuals from across the country who display commitment to the work of community health centers and eliminating health disparities in cancer screenings. This year, HRHCare Board Chair Hon. Alan Steiner was chosen to receive the Consumer Board Member Award, presented to him during Congressman King’s visit to HRHCare Amityville.
“HRHCare is truly an awesome partner in ensuring access to cancer screenings and addressing disparities,” said American Cancer Society Senior Director of Health Systems Christine Faber. “Alan Steiner is a strong advocate, and has been a catalyst in moving our ’80 by 2018’ colorectal cancer screening initiative forward.”
Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center, HRHCare Community Health is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 28 health centers throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island provides affordable, accessible care to over 175,000 patients through more than 650,000 visits annually. Our more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all.
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