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NeighborHealth Achieves Community Health Center Status

Published by
Susan Metts
August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019–NeighborHealth Center recently received federal approval as one of only 44 designated CHC’s in North Carolina and the only faith-based federally-qualified health center in the state! 

Board Chair Susanne Berger said, “Across the country, we see the decades-long successful track records of flourishing faith-based health centers like Christ Community in Memphis and Lawndale in Chicago, to name a few.  NeighborHealth is modeled on these like-minded organizations.  Meeting the rigorous standards set for federally-qualified CHCs is a testimony to the hard work of our staff & providers and ultimately to the Lord’s faithfulness.

Learn more about Community Health Centers

Q: What’s a CHC (community health center)?
A: CHCs are community-based healthcare providers delivering primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay.  They receive funds from the federal Health Center Program and operate under a governing board that includes patients.

Q: What are the benefits of achieving CHC (community health center) status? 
A: NeighborHealth enjoys 3 primary benefits: 
      1) increased reimbursements for Medicaid and Medicare patients
      2) eligibility for discounted drug pricing, allowing our patients to afford needed medications 
      3) enrollment in a program offering medical school loan forgiveness to its physicians  

Q: How does being a CHC (community health center) affect NeighborHealth’s mission?
A: Our mission is to serve Christ by loving our neighbors through excellent, compassionate and accessible health care. Becoming a CHC and receiving enhanced reimbursement rates for Medicaid & Medicare allows us to see more patients in need, furthering our mission. CHC status puts us on a faster track toward sustainability–our ultimate financial goal. 

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NeighborHealth Center, Inc. (NHC), is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 agency founded to meet the healthcare needs of the underserved in the Raleigh area.