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Health Care Center In Middletown Expands

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Construction is scheduled to begin in May on a three-story, 31,000-square-foot Community Health Center administration building in the North End.

The Knowledge and Technology Center will be built at the corner of Main and Grand streets, on the corner next to the 48,000-square-foot primary care medical building that opened in 2012. The two facilities will create a modern campus for the growing non-profit's flagship Middletown location.

Community Health Center provides health care services for 145,000 Connecticut residents in 206 locations, a large portion of them schools, domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters

CHC-backed program graduates first medical-assistants class

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The first class of medical assistants trained specifically to work as key members of primary care teams graduated last week from the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), a new national training program developed by Community Health Center Inc. of Middletown and Salud Family Health Centers of Colorado.

The seven-month classroom, online and clinical training program trains students to be medical assistants (MAs) who help with primary care office tasks such as taking weight and blood pressure, using electronic records and choreographing patient visits with physicians. They are not nurses, but the position provides entry-level exposure to the medical profession and is a growing area in health care, said Leslie Gianelli, CHC spokeswoman.

CHC graduated four students last week and Salud six and the two plan to expand their NIMAA program to 10 or 12 more clinics across the U.S. who subscribe to their training model and curriculum, Gianelli said. Classes would begin in September and cost $6,000. NIMAA also plans a shorter, less expensive program to upgrade skills of existing medical assistants, starting in early 2018.

CHC and Salud started the program after finding new MAs often weren't fully prepared for team-based primary care and required additional training, so it began the higher-level NIMAA program allowing graduates to be ready to work on their first day, Gianelli said. CHC may hire some of the graduates, pending passing a required exam, but graduates are free to take their skills anywhere.

The Department of Labor anticipates more than 20 percent growth in the need for MAs over the next decade, said David Aylward, project lead for NIMAA.

Telemedicine with a twist at Weitzman Institute/Community Health Center in Meriden

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Doctors from across the country are benefiting from innovative patient-centered care approach at Community Health Center.

Doctors in 25 states tuning into Project Echo. They’re on a myriad of devices from laptops to smart phones.

Primary care physicians are connecting with specialty doctors through a sophisticated video conferencing system.

“We describe it as making geography irrelevant. You can put people together and connect them and it doesn’t matter where they are,” said Dr. Daren Anderson, Director of the Weitzman Institute at Community Health Center, transforming healthcare delivery.

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News Releases

Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH, Receives National Outstanding Clinician Award

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Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) Chief Dental Officer Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH, was presented with the Outstanding Clinician Award at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) annual conference. Dr. Tummala was recognized for her exceptional work as a practicing dentist, her advocacy for her patients, her commitment to research and her service as an educator.

NIMAA Appoints Elena Thomas Faulkner CEO

Denver Resident Takes Helm of Nation’s Most Innovative Medical Assistant Training Program

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The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Thomas Faulkner as its CEO. She joins NIMAA from Denver’s La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc. where she served as Chief Strategy Officer, and will be based in NIMAA’s Denver office. 

Community Health Center, Inc. Receives $510,000 to Combat the National Opioid Crisis

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Community Health Center, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $510,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services as part of its ongoing efforts to address the national opioid crisis.
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