National health care center week celebrated

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Cannon Community Health Center, one of the 14 sites of the Upper Cumberland Primary Care Project, is marking National Health Center Week 2014 (NHCW) as part of a week-long celebration August 10-16 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. The Upper Cumberland Primary Care Project serves more than 26,000 people across the Upper

Cumberland Region annually and has been successful in:
• Producing $7.5 million in annual savings for the uninsured
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to emergency rooms
• Generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives

The theme for NHCW 2014 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities,” which underscores how health centers deliver quality care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies.

“Health centers are a proven model to improve access to care for the past 38 years in the Upper Cumberland Region,” said Cannon County Health Director Andrea Fox. “We provide a patient-centered medical home for and operated by the community that addresses the local needs fostering a healthier community. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. Patients have access to primary care as well as public health services.”

To learn more about the services of your local community health center, please call the Cannon County Health Department at (615)563-4243.

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