Northeastern Rural Health Clinic board seeks new members
|Westwood resident JoAnn Villalovos, left, receives a plaque from Karen Grosz, a member of the Northeastern Rural Health Clinic Board of Directors, recognizing her 12 years of service on the board Wednesday, Sept. 4. Villalovos joined the board May 2, 2000, and her term expired in December.||Northeastern Rural Health Clinic Director Karen Grosz, right, recognizes Susanville resident Mike Stark for his 11 years of service on the board Wednesday, Sept. 4. Stark joined the board Sept. 4, 2001, and his term expired in December. Photos by Sam Williams|
Sept. 7, 2013 — Members of the Northeastern Rural Health Clinic Board of Directors celebrated the service of two veteran board members who have completed their terms of office with cake, ice cream and coffee, Wednesday, Sept. 4, but their departure leaves two openings on the board.
JoAnn Villalovos, representing Westwood, joined the board May 2, 2000, and her term expired in December after 12 years of service.
Mike Stark, representing Susanville, joined the board Sept. 4, 2001, and his term expired in December 2012 after 11 years of service.
Now the clinic’s board seeks two new community members to succeed them.
“If any resident from Susanville, Doyle, Herlong, Janesville, and other surrounding towns is interested in completing an application for board membership, please call me at 251-5000,” said Janice Brinkman, the center’s clinic operations director.
She said board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at Northeastern Rural Health Clinic.
According to a press release from Northeastern, “An essential and distinguishing element of the health center program is governance by and for the people served. Health centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration must have a governing body that assumes full authority and oversight responsibility for the health center.”
Governance requirements for health centers are addressed in law, regulations and policies. Health center governing boards must maintain an acceptable size, composition and meeting schedules. The governing body must have at least nine but no more than 25 members.
Health center boards are comprised of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to create a fiscally and managerially strong organization for the purpose of improving the health status of their communities.
Federally qualified health centers operate under a consumer board of directors governance structure and function under the supervision of the Health Resources and Services Administration that is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
While the health centers were originally intended to provide comprehensive health services to the medically underserved to reduce the patient load on hospital emergency rooms, their mission has changed since their founding.
The mission now is to enhance primary care services in underserved urban and rural communities — to serve underserved, underinsured and uninsured Americans, including migrant workers and non-U.S. citizens.
The centers provide services to all persons regardless of ability to pay and charge for services on a community board approved sliding-fee scale that is based on a patient’s family income and size.
In return for serving all patients regardless of ability to pay, the centers receive consideration from the federal government in the form of a cash grant, cost-based reimbursement for their Medicaid patients and free malpractice coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
For more information, call 251-5000.
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