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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is joining other health centers and the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in supporting a bill that will positively impact the area’s uninsured working poor.  House Bill 662, Carolina Cares, is a common-sense conservative approach to covering the uninsured. This bill, introduced by Representatives Lambeth, Murphy, Dobson, and White empowers patients to access affordable, high quality, and innovative primary and preventive care. 

Carolina Cares (HB 662)

• Would allow 300,000+ working people in the coverage gap to gain affordable coverage.
• Empowers patients by encouraging participation in preventive care and wellness programs. 
• Will not cost the state anything, as it will receive funding through (a) federal match, (b) participant contributions, and (c) state assessments, including hospital assessment.

•Encourages strategies developed in the Healthy Indiana plan established by Vice President Mike Pence.


Good for a Growing Economy
Though North Carolina’s economy is growing, that growth is across many sectors including low-wage service jobs and those in the gig economy. People in these jobs do not have the opportunity for coverage. North Carolina should offer its residents, new and old, affordable, reliable access to regular primary and preventive care, so that we can keep the economy growing sustainably. HB 662's work requirements need to include provisions that do not exclude people in the event of an economic downtown or when employment is scarce. 

Community Health Centers are Uniquely positioned to be essential Carolina Cares providers

• Community Health Centers help with access to high quality care: NC CHCs already serve people regardless of their insurance status. Currently, we serve approximately 200,000 uninsured patients statewide. 
• CHCs provide stability and continuity of care: patients will have a consistent medical home in the face of federal uncertainty around healthcare. When currently uninsured CHC patients gain access to coverage, it will enable health centers and other safety net providers to hire new staff, extend hours, offer new services, and utilize care teams to provide cost-effective, quality care. 
• Primary care can decrease costs: Carolina Cares emphasizes strong preventive and primary care services and reducing the need for urgent and emergency care. Community Health Centers are effective in lowering total patient costs because we provide comprehensive primary care and treat patient needs beyond medical care – including providing dental, pharmacy, transportation, interpretation, and other enabling services. 
• Statewide, locally-governed health centers are ready to serve. CHC sites are located in 82 North Carolina counties and serve patients from all NC counties.

 

The Rocky Hock Lions Club has taken up the cause of helping Kecia Phelps get a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Phelps, who works at the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library and previously waited tables at the Nothin' Fancy Cafe and Market, found out about a year and a half ago that her kidneys were not functioning. A biopsy was performed and she learned that she has a rare form of kidney disease in which the kidneys' follicles have died.

Doctors are not sure how long she has had the condition and don't know what caused it.

Phelps is participating in a research project to help doctors figure out what causes the disease.

She is now at only 8 percent kidney function but she's still getting up and going to work. In the meantime she waits for a kidney transplant.

“I'm determined that I'm going to get a kidney,” Phelps told the club during its meeting Thursday. “Somebody out there is going to give me a kidney and I am going to be a survivor.”

To that end, Phelps is working to get the word out to people to register as organ donors when they go to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles Driver License Office. She also plans to speak at area churches about organ donation.

You can register as an organ donor at the DMV Driver License Office. You also can register by going online to DonateLifeNC.org.

Joining the donor registry means that you have made a legal decision to become a donor at the time of your death. If you are 18 years old or older the decision cannot be overturned by others, according to information provided by Carolina Donor Services.

Phelps said that right now in the back of her SUV she keeps a bag at all times in case she gets the call that a kidney is available for her. She has two people who have agreed to accompany her to the transplant center when she gets that call. They are on 12-hour shifts every day.

Phelps keeps waiting for that phone call.

“But it's coming,” she said.

Dwain Cooper of Carolina Donor Services also spoke to the club. He explained that Carolina Donor Services provides organ donation services in 77 counties in North Carolina, including Danville, Va.

Cooper said more than 120,000 people in the United States – including more than 3,000 in North Carolina – are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. The most-needed organ, he said, is the kidney.

There is a widespread misunderstanding, Cooper said, that organ and tissue donors cannot have an open casket at their funeral. Organ and tissue donation does not keep you from having an open casket, he said.

North Carolina has the sixth largest organ donor registry in the country, with about 52 percent registration, Cooper said.

“North Carolinians are saying 'yes' to donation,” Cooper said.

But organ donation is not as common among African-Americans, he said. The lower donation rate is due partly to “medical distrust,” he said.

“We're trying to change that,” Cooper said of the lower donation rate in the African-American community.

As an organ donor you can save up to eight lives and through tissue donation you can enhance the lives of up to 50 people, Cooper said.

For organ donor families and organ recipients who wish to meet each other, Carolina Donor Services helps make that happen.

“We do facilitate that entire process of meet and greet,” Cooper said.

Although there is a rigorous process you go through if you wish to be a living donor – that is, donate one of your kidneys while you're still alive – it is possible to live a healthy and full life with one kidney if you do choose to go that route and are accepted for that lifesaving donation.

Reggie Ponder, editor of the Chowan Herald, spoke to the club about his own life with one kidney since age 15. Ponder's left kidney, which had been defective from birth, was surgically removed in 1979.

Ponder noted he had been able to live a full life with only one kidney, including open water swims across the Potomac, Neuse and Pasquotank rivers.

He said the main thing he had avoided because of having only one kidney was anything with a high risk of an impact injury to his kidney. For instance, he gave up waterskiing and never took up snow skiing.

Cooper emphasized that living donors are screened very carefully to make sure the person understands all the ramifications of the decision they are making.

Guy Simmons, president of the Rocky Hock Lions Club, pledged the club's support in finding a donor for Phelps. He told Phelps the group would “turn over every stone” in seeking a donor for her.

Phelps said she has faith that a kidney will become available for her.

“Somebody down the line is going to say, 'I am going to try to be help for her,'” Phelps said.

More information about organ donation is available online at www.CarolinaDonorServices.org or www.DonateLifeNC.org, or by calling 1-800-200-2672. 

 

Information Technology Director

(1 Full-Time Vacancy)

RCCHC is seeking a skilled motivated individual to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in technical field with a minimum of five years on the job experience with computer systems

  •   Must have prior experience with corporate information systems, including network programs, data collection services, networking corporate-wide communications and computer systems

  •   Must have prior experience with technical aspects of information management corporate-wide; installing PCs, printers, software, performing various tasks; troubleshooting; training personnel on all computer and communication systems as applicable, and other related tasks as needed

  •   Ability to use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information

  •   Works effectively with others and is able to organize workload, as well as assume responsibility and maintain confidentiality

  •   Must be able to work independently, exercise appropriate decision making skills, and function effectively on a team.

  •   Must be able to speak and communicate clearly and effectively Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    In addition to competitive salary and benefits, we offer:

401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution.

Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.
Applications may be returned to Human Resources at
sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910

Nurse Manager (RN): (1 Full -Time Vacancy)

The Nurse Manager position directly supervises RNs, LPNs, CNAs, lab personnel and support staff. Carries out supervisor responsibilities in accordance with the organizations polices and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; and addressing complaints and resolving employee problems in all aspects of their employment.

RCCHC is seeking highly motivated nurses to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Requires a current license as a Registered Nurse in the state of North Carolina.

  •   Demonstrates competencies in nursing practice.

  •   Basic computer skills with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  •   Previous supervisory experience preferred.

  •   Must be able to provide care to all patient populations.

  •   Must be flexible and willing to travel as needed.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life, and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    Bi-lingual applicants preferred.
    Salary based on experience.
    Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.

    Applications may be returned to Human Resources at sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910. 

Prior Authorizations Specialist

(1 FullTime Vacancy)

The Prior Authorization Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all prior authorization requirements related to patient care and access are met for all RCCHC clinics. The Prior Authorization Specialist will model behaviors consistent with the published values and the Code of Conduct of RCCHC.

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RCCHC is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Requires a high school diploma or GED

  •   Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant I or II required

  •   Computer skills required.

  •   Work experience in a medical practice preferred.

  •   Requires the ability to work effectively with others, demonstrating tact, discretion and diplomacy.

  •   Must be able to organize the workload for efficient timely completion, assuming responsibility for

    assignments and maintaining confidentiality.

  •   Requires well developed communication skills, being able to speak clearly, and communicate in

    writing.

    Bilingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    Salary based on experience.
    Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.

    Applications may be returned to Human Resources via email at sbarnes@rcchc.org or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910.

    RCCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center’s mission is not only to affect positive health outcomes for patients, but also positive change in the community. That community focus is represented in the Literacy Initiative, formed to promote increased literacy for all ages in RCCHC’s service area of Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton and Washington counties. The Literacy Initiative has so far been responsible for projects like implementing the Reach Out and Read program, which provides children ages 6 months to 5 years with a free book during their yearly wellness check at RCCHC; establishing Little Free Libraries, built by local Eagle Scout Daniel Lane, in its Ahoskie, Murfreesboro and Colerain clinics, as well as hosting story hours and children’s activities with Everest and Gigi the Therapy Reading Dogs.

Now, the RCCHC Literacy Initiative is happy to announce its recent partnership with the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library in Murfreesboro, NC. Both are working together to cultivate a love of reading in RCCHC patients and library patrons alike, through expanding the reach of their programs and events that address health and literacy promotion – and just having a good time! 

And a great time was had by all at two recent Story Hours organized by the library and RCCHC:

The Black History Month Story Hour was held on Feb. 20th, also in partnership with Taylor Made Publishing, Hertford-Northampton Daycare Association, Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), and the National Association of University Women’s Northampton County Branch. The event featured a reading by author G. Todd Taylor of his books, “Daddy, Who Will I Be?”, “Daddy’s Little Princess” and “I Don’t See Color”. Taylor Made Publishing generously donated a book to each child who attended to begin their own culturally diverse collection, as well as four autographed books to the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library for all of its patrons to enjoy. 30 parents and 45 children attended, making it an awesome family night and true cultural experience for all.

A celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was held on Mar. 2nd with a special reading of “The Cat and the Hat Comes Back” by the Cat in the Hat himself and his friend Cindy-Lou Who. The 40 Children and parents who attended had a great night of fun with reading, refreshments - including a special birthday cake for Dr. Seuss - and Dr. Seuss themed crafts.

Be on the lookout for more partnered events like these between RCCHC and the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library. In the meantime, check out what programs both sites have available right now online:

RCCHC – www.rcchc.org

Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library - http://www.arlnc.org/librarydirectory/murfreesboro.htm

The National Association of Community Health Centers has awarded RCCHC "Advocacy Center of Excellence" status!

 

This means that RCCHC is one of the health centers leading the way in advocating for high quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare that's available to every member of our community.

 

RCCHC's culture of advocacy means everyone, from our board, to administration, to staff , makes this mission a priority.  Take a look through our Facebook page or at rcchc.org to see what advocacy work we've done recently - like visiting elected officials in Raleigh to ask for continued funding to serve our patients through our ACC Saturday Clinics and medication assistance program, or the Story Hours hosted by our community focused Literacy Initiative.

 

We invite you to join our mission by becoming an advocate for Community Health Centers like RCCHC at:

 

NC Community Health Center Association

http://ncchca.nationbuilder.com/join

 

National Association of Community Health Centers

http://p2a.co/o3fIsZd

 

Thank you for your support!

Diabetes Educator / Program Coordinator

RCCHC is seeking highly motivated RD or RN to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Must have proven competencies in nutrition education, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and diabetes management and education activities in RCCHC clinics

  •   Serves as a nutrition and diabetes consultant to the healthcare team and community.

  •   The RD or RN must demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to complete initial patient/family

    educational sessions, assessments, reassessments and follow-up with accuracy and skill.

  •   Coordinates activities required for ADA DSME Program recognition using the most current standards

    available.

  •   Requires a current valid license as a RN in the state of NC or board certified Dietitian.

  •   Must have effective problem-solving ability, accountability, flexibility, and must be a team player

  •   Basic computer skills and excellent verbal and communication skills are required.

    Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life, and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    Salary based on experience.

    Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.

    Applications may be returned to Human Resources at sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910. 

Practice Administrator (1 Full-Time Vacancy)

RCCHC is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our management team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Associate Degree in related discipline with minimum of seven years of experience, including clinical management and public health administration or Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration or related discipline with three or five years of experience.

  •   Responsible for the daily operations of the clinics with the purpose of providing the highest quality of care to our patient population in a professional and cost effective manner

  •   Monitors and ensures clinical and operational performance goals are met and maintained.

  •   Maximizes workflow efficiencies managing staffing needs.

  •   Collaborates with the Nurse Managers/Leads at each clinic site to facilitate productivity goals.

  •   Works under the supervision of the Chief Operations Officer in collaboration with the Executive

    Team and the Clinical Management team.

  •   Develop, review and update policies, procedures, training and evaluation that help support efficient

    clinic workflows, productivity, quality improvement and customer

  •   Recommends, develops and implements improvements for the center’s operations.

  •   Ensures compliance of regulatory requirements.

    Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    In addition to competitive salary and benefits, we offer:

401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution.

Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.
Applications may be returned to Human Resources at
sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910

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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

120 Health Center Drive
Ahoskie NC 27910
Ph# 252-332-3548
Fax# 252-332-1665

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