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Community Health Centers: A National Success Story

August 01, 2019

NHCW 2019

By Travis Singleton, EVP at Merritt Hawkins


Though the two sides of the political aisle currently disagree on a variety of issues, there is at least one topic on which they are able to see eye to eye: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Both major political parties have historically supported FQHCs and their mission of providing quality, affordable, and accessible care to traditionally underserved populations nationwide.  


As a result, there are a number of reasons to celebrate during 2019’s National Health Center Week. FQHCs now serve more than 25 million Americans annually, a number that continues to grow on a consistent basis. FQHCs have compiled a significant record of success that includes the following:


  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than 2 percent of the national Medicaid budget
  • Providing compassionate, accessible primary care with an emphasis on prevention as well as critically needed behavioral health care and dental care to millions of patients each year 

Merritt Hawkins is a long-time supporter of FQHCs and is proud to be a preferred partner of the National Association of Community Health Center’s (NACHC) Value in Staffing (ViS) Program.  


Through ViS, Merritt Hawkins has been able to partner with hundreds of FQHCs across the country, providing these health centers with a practical roadmap to physician and advanced practitioner recruiting. Applying more than 32 years of experience and expertise, we assist FQHCs in creating effective recruiting programs featuring competitive incentive packages, sound teamwork and communication, and an unrivaled candidate sourcing system. In addition to shaping the recruiting plan, we also work with FQHCs through every stage of the process, from opportunity evaluation to sourcing to the interview and closing.  


Most importantly, we understand the service orientation of the FQHC model and focus on recruiting mission-driven candidates who are compatible with the unique role FQHCs play as safety-net providers for the underserved.


Merritt Hawkins is pleased again this year to support National Health Center Week, a nationwide series of events recognizing the key contributions to quality, accessible care made possible by America’s FQHCs. 


As a sponsor of the event, Merritt Hawkins will support celebration activities at FQHCs in multiple states, including Texas, Missouri, Georgia, and California. The firm’s National Health Center Week Enhanced Silver Sponsorship made to NACHC will help forward the vital work FQHCs do in providing healthcare services throughout thousands of sites across the country.   


Happy National Health Center Week
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Happy National Health Center Week



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