National Nurses Week

Mary Blankson, Chief Nursing Officer

May 6th marked the beginning of a week-long celebration of nursing.  Every year I get the great privilege of kicking off the week with a resounding thank you to all the nurses for all they do every single day! I know that all of us here at CHC have experienced the care, expertise, and compassion of a nurse either at work here at CHC, in our personal life, or the lives of one of our loved ones.

In reflecting back on my almost 3 years as chief nursing officer, I am reminded of the ways CHC has grown and changed to better serve our complex and ever growing population of patients. We have nurses everywhere at the health center, including our staff nurses, staff LPNs, Nurse Managers and Supervisors, APRN residents, Family, Adult, Pediatric, Psychiatric and School-based health center APRNs, Nurse Researchers, Nurse Leaders, a Nurse Midwife, quality improvement nurses and so many more! We are in every part of the state—from Hartford and Enfield, all the way down to Fairfield County and New London County. We should all be celebrating the impact of nurses on the care that we deliver every day —as our nurses work hard to ensure better, more robust care for our patients.  They have an increased awareness and interest in training the next generation of care team members in high quality primary care, and they contribute to the development of innovative practices and interventions that set a national standard for what we know should be the model of care everywhere!

We continue to be proud of our innovations including: The celebration of the 10th year of our APRN residency program (the first in the nation), the continued implementation of the nation’s first dedicated education unit for baccalaureate nursing students focused on primary care, the completion of the first two years of curriculum for our Complex Care Management Project ECHO Program, our LPNs continuing to expand their practice, including delivering medical services to patients here to see their behavioral health and dental providers, the continued expansion of our SBHCs and even the continued work we have done through our National Cooperative Agreement to support other health centers around the country to implement team-based care or  their very own residency program.

I am sure there are so many more innovations!

The nursing role here at CHC will continue to evolve and expand as we continue our firm dedication to setting a national standard, sharing that standard—and creating partnerships with like-minded folks all across the nation!

It is truly a great honor to recognize every CHC nurse this week—and I hope you will all join me in thanking a nurse near you for their dedication and commitment to all we do!

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Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Author of “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back”

Elisabeth RosenthalThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News and author of “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back”, a critical look at the high cost of American health care. Dr. Rosenthal examines the evolution of the profit driven American health system, and the role patients can play in re-gaining control of some of these costs.

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Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation on the Future of Health Professional Education

George ThibaultThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the only foundation dedicated solely to the advancement of health professionals education. Dr. Thibault discusses their efforts to shift modern medical education towards a more team-based model of care and a more advanced role for nursing professionals in primary care.

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Long Time Health Analyst Susan Dentzer Discusses Shifts in Health Policy That May Impact Innovation

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Susan Dentzer, President and CSusan DentzerEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, which conducts research that informs policy impacting the US Health care system. The former Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs looks at current health policy trends, and the potential impact of innovation on health care transformation.

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Leading GOP Health Policy Strategist, Lanhee Chen, Analyzes Way Forward For Health Reform

Lanhee ChenThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Lanhee Chen, health policy advisor for Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Marco Rudio’s GOP presidential bids, and Fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. Mr. Chen assesses what derailed the American Health Care Act, and what policy guidelines should move the Obamacare replacement conversation moving forward.

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Dr. Joshua Seidman, Former Director of Meaningful Use at ONC, Analyzes Healthcare Landscape Under GOP

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Joshua Seidman, PhD, Senior VP for the Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation at Avalere Health, and former Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services. He discusses the challenges that lie ahead for continued growth of meaningful use of electronic health records in the health care industry under proposed rollbacks under GOP health reform measures.

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Telemedicine Champion Dr. Peter Yellowlees Discusses Impact of Telehealth on Access to Care

Peter YellowleesThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Peter Yellowlees, President-elect of the American Telemedicine Association which seeks to improve health care delivery through better use of remote medicine technologies. Dr. Yellowlees discusses his decades of work at the University of California Davis advancing the use of telemedicine in clinical and behavioral care.

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Federation of American Hospitals CEO Chip Kahn Speculates On Health Industry Changes Under GOP Health Reform

Chip KahnThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals which represents over a thousand of the nation’s owner-operated hospitals. The long time health industry strategist speculates on changes to health coverage for millions of Americans under the GOP health reform bill, and what it might mean for the hospital industry and health care in this country.

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Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America

Paul GionfriddoThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to advancing access to mental services for all Americans. He discusses the need to change the nation’s response to mental illness from a public safety to a public health approach.

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Dental Assistant Recognition Week

This week is Dental Assistant Recognition Week, and I welcome it as an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by each and every dental assistant at Community Health Center, Inc.

Dental assistants perform a variety of basic patient care duties and assist dentists during many clinical procedures. In fact, they are the member of the dental team with the most diverse set of duties. They work hard to make sure patients feel comfortable and at ease throughout their experience.

It’s important to recognize and appreciate their hard work and attention to detail because they are often the team members who spend the most time with our patients. With so many people apprehensive about a visit to the dentist, we are fortunate that our dental assistants at Community Health Center, Inc. are sensitive and understanding to the patient needs.

All of us at Community Health Center, Inc. would like to extend a warm thank you and recognize each of the hardworking and dedicated dental assistants across our agency for an excellent patient care.

We are so proud of you and the commitment you exhibit every day and thank you all.

Sheela Tummala, Chief Dental Officer

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