Salina Family Health Care Center

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Introduction Salina Health Education Foundation founded in 1979 and Salina Care founded in 1991, merged in 2004 to form Salina Family Health Care Center (SFHC). Since the inception the clinic has served Saline County with health and dental care for uninsured and low income residents. In addition the clinic has provided residency programs for family medicine physicians for future role as providers to rural Kansas towns. In December of 2004 SHEF became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Following in 2009, SHEF transformed the practice into a patient-centered healthcare home. Through this work, SHEF redefined its mission to: provide excellent healthcare in a patient-centered setting that fosters education, all in a positive work environment Salina Family Health Care Center (SFHC) implementation/alignment with the 2013 CLAS Standards; criteria to evaluate strategies. Leslie Mack, ARNP, BC-ADM, CDE, agreed to an interview regarding SHEF and the 2013 CLAS Standards. Mrs. Mack wasn’t aware of the CLAS Standards until I discussed them with her in an email and follow up in person interview. She had also checked with one of the faculty in SHEF family practice residency and he wasn’t aware of the CLAS Standards either. Mrs. Mach was surprised in light of the fact that the community health center is a federally qualified health clinic funded largely by Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA). Nevertheless she reported being relieved to know that they actually do
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