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What is a Community Health Center?
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 health care services in medically under-served areas throughout the United States and its Territories.
Who is Nevada Health Centers, Inc.?
Nevada Health Centers Inc. (NVHC), a private, not-for-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.
How is NVHC governed?
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 sex, 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 14 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.
How is NVHC funded?
NVHC depends on a balanced distribution of funding sources. 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.
Who do we care for?
Nevada Health Centers served 43,990 unduplicated patients in 2014. We recorded more than 129,000 patient visits at our 16 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.
Where are our clinics and what services are provided?
Nevada Health Centers is making health care 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 19 clinics, staffed by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Northern Area Health Centers
Austin Medical Center
Carlin Community Health Center
Carson City School-Based
Crescent Valley Medical Clinic
Elko Family Medical & Dental Center
Eureka Medical Center
Jackpot Community Health Center
Nevada Health Centers at Lockwood
Nevada Health Centers at Virginia City
Sierra Nevada Health Center (Carson City)
Wendover Community Health Center
Southern Area Health Centers
Amargosa Valley Medical Center
Cambridge Family Health Center
C.P. Squires Elementary School
Eastern Family Medical & Dental Center
Nevada Health Centers at Henderson
Las Vegas Outreach Clinic
Martin Luther King (MLK) Health Center
North Las Vegas Family Health Center
North Las Vegas
*Southern Nevada only
NVHC also provides mammography services via our mobile Mammovan and dental care through our mobile Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. We also operate a centralized pharmacy that provides 9 of our frontier clinics and the two Health Care for the Homeless clinics with dispensaries.
Who is your executive team?
We operate out of two administrative offices, one located in Carson City and the other in Las Vegas. All finance, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and human resources are based out of the administrative offices.
Nevada Health Centers (NVHC), a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) commonly called a Community Health Center (CHC) program that is partially funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. All of our physicians are board certified or board eligible and are licensed in the state of Nevada.
General Practice, Children’s Healthcare, Women’s Healthcare, Health Education, Surgery, Laboratory Services*, X-Ray*, Dentistry*, Pharmacy*.
* Some services are at select sites only. After hours care available at some centers.