On May 9, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center began renovations on a new health facility at 354 Waverly Street in Framingham. The expansion will make affordable health care available to more people. Click here to read the press release.
The National Association of Community Health Centers recently released a report: “Community Health Centers: The Local Prescription for Better Quality and Lower Costs” which documents what they are calling “The Health Center Payoff:”
- Health centers make up a substantial share of the nation’s primary care infrastructure, operating in 8,000 locations and serving 23 million patients
- Health centers are more likely to accept new patients and offer more evening and weekend hours
- Expanding health center capacity lowers Emergency Department utilization among low-income populations
- Health centers save $1,263 per person per year as a result of their timely and appropriate care
- Investing in health centers creates jobs and fuels additional economic activity through the purchase of goods and services from local businesses
Health centers by nature exemplify the model of a patient-centered medical home. Read more…