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To the Patients, Partners and Employees of KCHC - December 2016

 

The board of directors and leadership of the Center want to share some information with you about the recent attacks on the organization. We hope you'll help us correct the misinformation and unsubstantiated rumors that some of the Kenosha city officials are spreading via the local newspaper.

We have a responsibility to serve our patients and the community. It's something we take very seriously. This continued smear campaign against our organization is harming our staff, our patients and our ability to recruit additional providers.

Here are the facts:

  • We have repeatedly invited reporters and Kenosha city officials to visit our facility to learn more about how we help our patients and the community. We requested they let us know when they were coming to make sure our leaders were available to answer their questions. To date, none of these individuals have made appointments to get their questions answered or hear our side of the story.
  • A reporter came to our offices last week demanding to speak with the Executive Director immediately. She was in another meeting and unavailable at that moment. The reporter posted a story with unsubstantiated innuendos within an hour of showing up without notice. The Executive Director would have gladly talked with the reporter with some notice.
  • To clear things up, the Executive Director reached out to the publisher of the Kenosha News and the two are working to arrange an editorial briefing.
  • The federal government reviews KCHC every 18 months to maintain its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) credentials. The last audit took place in March 2016- and was very positive about the direction and leadership of the organization.
  • KCHC is an independent business, responsible to operate the organization in the most cost­ effective way that allows it to deliver healthcare services to underserved populations in the area. We receive federal, state and city grants and must follow all the grant conditions to the letter -which we do. Our staffing decisions are made with the sole intent of protecting the continued viability of this community health care center and consistent with best practices for FQHCs. Layoffs earlier this year were related to not having enough dentists on staff to support the number of dental hygienists working for the organization.
  • We're happy to share that we have three dentists in the pipeline in the next few months, but the constant negative publicity may make it difficult to recruit the providers we need to provide all services (in addition to dental).
  • The Executive Director, Mary Coffey, announced her resignation earlier this year. The board asked her to stay on through a transition to a new Executive Director. The board is conducting a search for this position and KCHC will share that information with the public as it becomes available.

We appreciate all your hard work to help us with our mission of improving healthcare in our community. Please help us clear up some of the rumors that have surfaced in recent weeks so we can continue to serve our patients and our community. If you hear something about the center, please let us know and we'll be happy to respond. Thank you for all you do.


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Since 1995, Kenosha Community Health Center has addressed the financial, cultural, and language barriers that prevent access to health care. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, we provide affordable and quality primary medical, dental and behavioral health care.

KCHC accepts uninsured patients and provides assistance with insurance applications.  All patients are served on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay – no one is turned away.

 

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Kenosha Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for all, from infant to older adult. We listen to our patients and always provide the best of care.

 

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Kenosha Community Dental Services focus on providing the best dental care in the most comfortable environment. Good dental care is a vital part of overall good patient health.

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Kenosha Community Behavioral Health Services help our patients cope with life and all its challenges in a loving setting.

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At KCHC, our treatment approach is holistic.  In addition to medical, dental, and behavioral health services, we offer outreach services and case management.

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The Kenosha Community Health Center and the Kenosha Unified School District are collaborating to operate a comprehensive School Based Health Care program which provides medical services and a dental sealant program to various elementary schools. Our mission is to provide greater access to health care for children and families in the District.

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KENOSHA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC is a Deemed facility by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in accordance with the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act (FSHCAA), as amended, sections 224(g)-(n) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, U.S.C. §§ 233(g)-(n). As such, KCHC is an employee of the PHS, for the purposes of section 224.

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