SEWARD, Alaska –
PRESS RELEASE from the Seward Community Health Center
February 18, 2014
After more than three years of work by the community, the Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will become a reality next month.
The Seward CHC is working diligently to prepare for opening its doors on Monday, March 10th. Many details will be taken care of in the next few weeks in order to be ready to open the clinic. The space is currently being painted and set up with supplies. Equipment is expected to arrive after the first of March. Hiring of providers and staff is in process.
The Health Center will occupy space in the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building, but will be separate from the hospital. Appointment scheduling, patient registration, billing and medical records will all be handled directly by the Seward CHC.
The CHC Board and Interim Executive Director Sharon Montagnino had hoped to open the final week of February, but delays in equipment and supplies and an extension of time by the federal grant agency have led to a short postponement. The Seward CHC Board members voted to postpone the opening to be better prepared on opening day. Providence’s Family Care Clinic has closed and the hospital will have providers available in the emergency room until March 10th to see patients until the clinic opens.
The opening of the Community Health Center will usher in a new model of healthcare in the area. The Seward CHC will accept patients whether they have insurance or not. A sliding scale discount program will be offered to patients, with discounts based on family size and income. The Health Center will be a “medical home” for patients and will care for illness, address chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and promote wellness.
A formal “grand opening” will be announced at a later date.