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The Community Health Center (CHC) Program is a Federal grant program funded under Section 330e of the Public Health Service Act to provide for primary and preventive healthcare services in medically under-served areas throughout the United States and its Territories.
Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) CHC program that is funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, as described above. This federal funding is provided for both its Community Health Center (CHC) program and its Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program in Las Vegas. NVHC is also an FTCA Deemed facility.
For the first 18 years of its existence, NVHC was a public entity, a consortium of counties known as Central Nevada Rural Health Consortium, originally incorporated in late 1976. It became one of the first federally funded CHCs in 1977, as authorized under the Public Health Service Act of 1976. In 1994, the organization’s name was changed to Nevada Rural Health Centers, Inc., and it became a private, not-for-profit corporation. In 2001, the organization’s name was changed to Nevada Health Centers, Inc. to better represent the organization’s mission.
NVHC is federally governed and directed by a policy making Board of Directors. The members consist of representatives from each community served, and includes a broad cross section of professional, industrial, and residential interests and activities in the region, and fairly represents a mix of gender, age and ethnic distribution. The Board must also have a majority of members who are actual users of the services provided.
The Governing Board of NVHC presently consists of 9 volunteer members, a majority of whom are users of the clinics. They represent the communities or regions where clinics are located or serve “at large” from around the state, bringing other professional skills to the Board.
NVHC depends on a balanced distribution of funding sources. This Informational Return shows currently NVHC’s revenue comes from three main sources which include 51% patient services revenue (Medicaid, Medicare, Private Insurance, Sliding Scale, Self-Pay) 27% Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) Section 330 funds and 22% state government, local government, private grants/contracts and contributions.
Nevada Health Centers served 44,154 unduplicated patients in 2017. We recorded more than 129,000 patient visits at our 17 health and dental centers. We also served 354,872 women, children and infants through our WIC clinics. The demographic breakdown of our patient population is 39% Hispanic, 51% White, 6% African American, 3% Asian, and Native American 1%. In addition, approximately 40% of our patients are under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and 31% are between 100% and 200% of the FPL.
Nevada Health Centers is making healthcare services available to people all over Nevada, with health clinics strategically located in many rural and frontier regions and in the urban areas of Las Vegas. NVHC is currently operating 17 centers, staffed by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
NVHC also provides mammography services via our mobile Mammovan and children’s dental care through our mobile Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. We also operate a centralized pharmacy that provides our frontier clinics and the Health Care for the Homeless clinics with pharmaceutical dispensaries.
Chief Executive Officer – Walter B. Davis
Chief Financial Officer – Kathy Triplett
Chief Medical Officer – Ali Shahin, MD
Chief Dental Officer – Tyree Davis, DDS
Vice President, Ancillary Services – Lisa Dettling
Vice President, Human Resources – Todd Rich
Vice President, Technology – Art Rempp
Vice President, Revenue Cycle – JC Flowers
Vice President, Provider Relations and Strategic Partnerships – Julie Clyde
Vice President, Quality Management – Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice President, Clinical Innovation – Bill Cohen
Executive Director Foundation – Vacant
Regional Director of Operations, South – Samantha Ford
Regional Director of Operations, North – Jassmin Martell-Perez
Director, Organizational Development – Josh Charlebois
Director, Revenue Cycle – Cheryl Tempel
Director, Clinical Services – Marena Works, MSN, MPH, RN
Director, Pharmacy – Stephanie Ingrey, PharmD
Director, Family Medicine – Ertha Nanton, MD
Director, Pediatrics – Kami Larsen, MD
Director, Behavioral Health – Sandra Abdullah, LCSW
Director, Facilities and Emergency Preparedness – Stacey Giomi
Executive Services Administrator – Laura Keppel
Assistant Director – Dental Services, Bryce Putnam, DMD
Director of WIC Services – Idaly Donacio