Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) was recently presented with the “2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award” by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). NACHC honored Lance for his steadfast commitment to the Nation’s Community Health Centers and the millions of people they serve.
“Community Health Centers provide important medical services to millions of patients across the country who would otherwise lack access to care,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. “Congress must continue to work together to support the role Health Centers play in preserving and expanding access to high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities they serve.”
Eva Turbiner, President/CEO of the Zufall Health Center, a major New Jersey Community Health Center, added, “We congratulate Congressman Lance for this award and for his leadership and support of our mission to expand access and provide affordable healthcare for the 23 million people served by health centers in New Jersey and across the country.”
Health Centers have a long history of bipartisan support. Since the first community health centers were founded nearly fifty years ago, health centers have become the Nation’s largest primary care network, collectively serving more than 22 million patients in more than 9,000 communities in every state and territory. Health centers are locally-governed small businesses providing a comprehensive range of primary care services while remaining responsive to community needs. Health centers employ more than 150,000 people, and generate an economic impact in the billions in some of the nation’s most economically deprived communities. Studies have shown health centers generate savings to the health care system on the order of $24 billion annually, primarily through reductions in unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
NACHC also praised Lance and his colleagues on House-passage of H.R. 2 – , the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which included millions in funding for Health Centers. Said NACHC, “The legislation, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, makes crucial investments in Community Health Centers and in programs necessary to train and recruit the next generation of health center clinicians. We are grateful for the leadership of health center champions on both sides of the aisle for prioritizing, defending and ultimately passing these crucial provisions, which protect healthcare for millions of Americans.”
“Community Health Centers serve millions and bring high-quality, responsive care to all corners of the U.S. Health centers are a prudent national investment, generating billions in health savings, preventative care and thousands of jobs to local small businesses. I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen community health centers,” concluded Lance.
Pictured from left to right:
- Donald Costanzo, Board Member, Zufall Health Center
- Siddeeq El-Amin, , Board Chair, Neighborhood Health Services Corporation
- Rudine Smith, President/CEO, Neighborhood Health Services Corporation
- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07)
- Eva Turbiner, President/CEO, Zufall Health Center
- Carmen Salavarrieta, Board Member, Neighborhood Health Services Corporation
- Bill Shuler, Board Member, Zufall Health Center