January 2024 Newsletter
Looking Ahead with the CEO: A New Year of Opportunities
We sat down with NeighborHealth Center CEO Daniel Lipparelli to reflect on our many blessings in 2023—among them serving more than 7,000 patients with a team of more than 80 staff—and to look ahead at opportunities in 2024:
“In 2024, we’ll be able to support more patients than ever—many of whom have nowhere else to turn to for high-quality healthcare. Just last month, 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.”—Daniel Lipparelli
Healthcare Corner: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Renews Focus on Children’s Behavioral Health
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced last week a commitment to improving youth behavioral health in North Carolina and is leveraging the historic investment from the NC General Assembly to ensure everyone receives the care they need when and where they need it. One of the key initiatives is the Children and Families Specialty Plan—a “first of its kind” statewide health plan to ensure access to comprehensive physical and behavioral health services for Medicaid-enrolled children, youth and families served by the child welfare system. NCDHHS is preparing to launch the plan later this year.
NeighborHealth Center is well-positioned to support this work through services provided by our Behavior Health Team (led by Meagan Martin), our growing Pediatrics team (see new provider update below), and our commitment to serving Medicaid patients in Wake County. Stay tuned for updates on this important initiative!
Meet our new Pediatric Team Provider: Hermes Silva, CPNP-PC
Hermes Silva is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner originally from the Texas Gulf Coast. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. After serving on active duty for nine years, he chose to pursue a vocation in nursing. Hermes earned his Master of Science in Nursing degree at Vanderbilt University.
Hermes is thrilled to be a part of the NeighborHealth Center Pediatrics Team. He believes parenting is one of the greatest missions God bestows; he knows from experience that access to quality, affordable, healthcare is a vital component of this mission.
After several years of moving wherever the military called, Hermes and his family are excited to call North Carolina their home. He is active in his parish’s community outreach initiatives and he is involved in his children’s extracurricular activities such as cross country and equitation.
Please welcome Hermes to the NHC Pediatrics Team!
NeighborHealth Center Receives Community Health Quality Recognition Award
In honor of our 2023 Community Health Quality Recognition, NeighborHealth Center was awarded a badge from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These badges recognize Health Center Programs that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, and COVID-19 public health emergency response.
Community health centers like NeighborHealth deliver affordable, accessible, cost-effective, and quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to our mission of providing quality care services to our neighbors here in Raleigh, and we are blessed and honored to be recognized for this community-serving work.