Neighborhood Health Services Consider Transformation
PLAINFIELD – Neighborhood Health Services Corp., formerly known as Plainfield Health Center, will launch a $5.5 million community campaign to upgrade its facilities and acquire advanced technology to strengthen access to health care for the underserved and uninsured.
Neighborhood Health, with a main office at 1700 Myrtle Ave., a full-service office in Elizabeth, and satellite offices at Plainfield High School and Washington Community School, will kick off the three-year campaign during National Health Center Week, Aug. at 13.
The Neighborhood Health: Health Care for All campaign marks the next phase of our hero’s journey and demonstrates the rebirth of our vision and commitment to the community,” said Dr. Kerri Powell, President and CEO. from Neighborhood Health.
In 2020, after years of financial turmoil, the health center emerged from bankruptcy proceedings originally filed in 2015. There are more than 700 documents in the proceeding in federal court.
Campaign goals include:
- Improvements to Neighborhood Health Headquarters and Main Facility in Plainfield
- Improvements to Elizabeth’s office
- Hire the best talent
- New logo and brand identity
- New website
- Improved community engagement and awareness
- Public and private partnerships
- Serve as New Jersey’s official host facility for National Health Center Week
Powell highlighted the role that federally licensed health centers play in the United States.
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“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Federally Qualified Health Centers have played a key role in ensuring everyone has access to affordable, quality health care, during the pandemic and beyond” , Powell said. network serving nearly 30 million people nationwide.”
Health centers save US taxpayers $24 billion a year, Powell continued.
The health centers “are not ordinary medical clinics; they are also problem solvers who go beyond the examination room to take care of the whole person by providing access to necessities like food and housing,” Powell said.
And the need for their services increases during times of economic stress, she said.
“As unemployment rises and more Americans lose their employee-sponsored health care, our services will be key to keeping America healthy,” Powell said. “Neighborhood Health cares for everyone, regardless of insurance status.”
Neighborhood Health has recorded over 20,000 patient visits per year.
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