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Kenai and Soldotna support National Health Center Week

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

 

  Kenai Mayor Pat Porter presents Stan Stedman, Board members and staff of Community Peninsula Health Centers, with official proclamation supporting National Health Center Week at Kenai Chamber.

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter presents Stan Stedman, Board members and staff of Community Peninsula Health Centers, with official proclamation supporting National Health Center Week at Kenai Chamber.

The twin cities of Kenai and Soldotna issued twin proclamations recently in honor of National Health Center Week. At their respective Chamber of Commerce meetings Soldotna Mayor David Carey and Kenai Mayor Pat Porter presented official documents to Stan Stedman, executive director of Central Peninsula Health Centers. “The mayors both presented us with proclamations in honor of this week while we are in the final stages of completing our new health center being built on Marydale in Soldotna and we are grateful for the support we’ve received from both communities, as well as the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress,” said Stedman.

In reading the proclamations from the City of Soldotna, Mayor Carey and Porter stated, “Community Health Centers are nonprofit, community owned organizations, which serve 16 million people nationally with quality health care while promoting 100% health care access and zero health disparities. Central Peninsula Health Centers, Inc. is part of the national network of over 1,000 Community Health Center organizations, with over 5,000 health center sites nationally and 122 sites within Alaska. Central Peninsula Health Centers clinics, with Cottonwood Health Center in Soldotna and Aspen Dental Center in Kenai, are addressing previously unmet health needs and reducing health disparities, while focusing on prevention and primary care for the uninsured and low income population.”

The Central Peninsula’s new Health Center is scheduled to be completed in November, but Stedman says tours of the facility are now available for anyone interested, “We’re about 75% complete and in the first part of November we’ll be holding a community event in association with the grand opening of the facility and ribbon cutting, but if anyone would like to take a pre-tour they can give us a call at 335-2022 and we’ll be happy to arrange it,” said Stedman. Both cities of Kenai and Soldotna in their proclamations urged all citizens to recognize the important contributions of Community Health Centers in safeguarding health and improving the quality of life, as well as their valued contributions of expanding access to health care and improving the health and future well being of the citizens in our communities.



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