Looking Ahead with Daniel Lipparelli, CEO: A New Year of Opportunities
It’s hard to believe 2023 has come and gone, and that another year at NeighborHealth is behind us! Reflecting back, I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished on behalf of our patients and this community.
Over the course of the last year, we:
– cared for more than 7,000 patients in our first full year at our new clinic on Blue Ridge Road
– provided more than $1.5 million in unreimbursed, life-changing care for our uninsured patients that has improved lives, families and communities
– grew our staff to more than 80, including 20 incredible providers
– hosted our first annual Healthcare is our Mission partnership breakfast
– established and strengthened partnerships with like-minded organizations who are committed to serving our neighbors here in Wake County
Looking ahead, I’m most excited our ability to serve even more patients in 2024. We’ve continued to increase our number of dedicated providers, and we’ll be able to care for approximately 200 patients per day in our clinic this year. This means we’ll be able to support more patients than ever – many of whom have nowhere else to turn to for high-quality healthcare.
In December, North Carolina expanded its access to Medicaid by increasing the income threshold, which means that thousands of residents will begin looking for a healthcare provider that welcomes Medicaid patients. These providers are difficult to find – but NeighborHealth welcomes these and all patients, every day.
To support this need in our community, we’ve added new staff to help patients navigate the complex application process – in addition to the enrollment specialists provided to us by the NC Medicaid office and other community partners. NeighborHealth is in an incredible position to support the imminent healthcare needs facing this community.
Our continued growth will also improve access to pediatric and prenatal services throughout our community – both of which are increasingly difficult to find for patients who are un- or under-insured. Two of our new providers – Dr. Penelope Bliss and Hermes Silva, CPNP-PC – will see children exclusively and four of our new family medicine providers will also care for children. We know that starting children off on the path to good health begins with quality pediatric care.
All of this exciting growth and momentum would not be possible without the generous support we’ve received from our community supporters, donors, and partners. In the coming year, we’ll be establishing new opportunities for corporate and individual donors to help fund the unreimbursed care we provide through unique sponsorship programs.
At the same time, we’ll be pursuing full Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status with the federal government. In December, we were honored to host Dr. Kyu Rhee, President of the National Association of Community Health Centers along with Chris Shank, President and CEO of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (pictured above). They will help us advocate for this designation, and when achieved, full FQHC status will open doors to new opportunities for grant funding and can provide additional revenue sources. Our focus throughout this growth will remain steadfastly on our mission: serving Christ by loving our neighbors through excellent, compassionate, and accessible healthcare.
In closing, we are extremely optimistic about the future and our ability to care for even more neighbors in 2024! We are immensely grateful for each and every patient, donor, partner, and dedicated NeighborHealth center team member who makes the work we do possible every single day.