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Tackling Patient Care: Lincoln Community Health Center

By Elisha Neubauer

A well-known concern in American Medicine is the rising costs. It is a constant battle amongst government officials as well as a staple topic across all media outlets. Many across the nation struggle to find affordable health insurance coverage, leading them to forego medical treatment- even at the most necessary of times. Many institutions have begun to fight this trend, taking medical care into their own hands.

One such institution is the Lincoln Community Health Center (LCHC) in Durham, North Carolina. Founded in September of 1971 by Dr. Charles D. Watts, the LCHC was opened in order to provide preventative and primary care to all patients, many of which are not currently covered by health insurance policies. Philip Harewood, Chief Executive Officer of LCHC, explained to us that the LCHC provides quality health care services to all community members regardless of race, ethnicity or health insurance status.

"Because services are provided to patients regardless of their ability to pay, LCHC depends heavily on collaborating with community partners like Durham County, Duke Regional Hospital and Project Access Durham County in order to insure the sustainability of its program," Harewood tells us. "Duke is well known as a world class academic medical center that takes seriously its role as an anchor institution in the Durham community and is consistently the most generous contributor of cash and in-kind contributions to LCHC."

These partnerships are important to the LCHC, as they are the life and blood of the program. For this reason, LCHC takes great care in selecting partners making sure they share similar values: courtesy, respect, quality, accessibility, teamwork and continuous improvement. "LCHC and its community partners are able to provide quality health care by focusing on improving the patient experience, improving the health of the population and reducing the per capita cost of health care," says Harewood.

Lincoln Community Health Center is a not-for-profit corporation under the International Revenue Code Section 501 (c) 3. A federally qualified Community Health Center, the LCHC is governed by a board, 51% of which are patients. LCHC offers a comprehensive array of services. A family can receive just about every service required to maintain a healthy lifestyle all under one roof. They offer both Pediatrics and Adult Health Care, as well as Dental, Family Medicine, and Radiology. Other services available include an on-site Pharmacy and Laboratory, Specialty Clinics, a Behavioral Health Clinic, and the Healthcare for the Homeless program. They also offer WIC assistance.

"LCHC serves 40,000 primarily hard working, yet uninsured patients from Durham and contiguous counties out of nine clinic sites," Harewood states. "There are thirty-four Community Health Centers (CHC) located in sixty-six counties across North Carolina. North Carolina Community Health Centers serve more than 466,000 patients out of 177 delivery sites. Please support your Community Health Center."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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