San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium’s Quarterly Newsletter
In this issue:
- HealthRIGHT 360’s new health center
- Staff spotlight
- 33rd annual gala
- AmeriCorps members moving on
- CEO reflections on the past & present
- We’ve moved!
Construction of HR360’s New Health Center Now Underway
Political and community leaders attended the groundbreaking ceremony for HealthRIGHT 360’s new five-story, 50,000-square-foot integrated health center on Thursday, February 26th. The project will transform the historic 1563 Mission building into a health care center that also provides resources for employment, education, and housing assistance. Construction is scheduled to be complete by December 2016. *See article here.
SFCCC’s Director of CQI accepted into Blue Shield’s Clinic Leadership Institute
John Hunsaker, Director of Continuous Quality Improvement, was recently accepted into Blue Shield Foundation’s Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI). CLI prepares emerging leaders of California community clinics and health centers to be effective and passionate agents of change in an evolving health care environment. John joined SFCCC in 2011 as Program Manager for Quality Improvement. As Director of CQI, he works alongside SFCCC’s Chief Medical Officer to enhance the ability of our partner Community Clinics and Health Centers to deliver high-quality health care to their patients. John officially started CLI in March 2015.
SFCCC’s 2015 Annual Gala
On June 11th, SFCCC hosted its 33rd annual gala at Dogpatch WineWorks, where we honored California Assemblymember David Chiu, an up-and-coming Democratic Party leader and critical health care supporter. If by chance you were unable to attend, you can check out photographs from the event here.
The SFCCC/AmeriCorps Experience
As SFCCC prepares to say goodbye to another team of beloved AmeriCorps members, we asked Vet SOS Project Assistant Celeste Quintero and SOS Outreach Worker Michael Ho to share their perspectives on the SFCCC/AmeriCorps experience and what the future holds for them. Click here to see their blog post.
CEO Reflections on the Past & Present
Thirty-three years ago, eight health centers and free clinics came together for one reason - to improve the health of all San Franciscans. They recognized that, through the power of partnership, they could build a primary care network that would result in healthy newborns, healthy & happy children, adults with diabetes under control, and an improvement in the overall health of San Francisco. Today, we continue to improve the health of our patients, which have tripled since SFCCC’s founding - we see more than 11% of the city’s population! While we target patients with lower family and individual incomes and who live in economically and socially disadvantaged neighborhoods, we welcome every person in need of health care.
As I finish my twenty-third year of leadership at SFCCC, I am proud to know that we have improved the health of so many people. In those few moments when I am unsure about the direction the Affordable Care Act is taking us in, all I need to do is attend a meeting of our Consumer Advisory Panel, composed of 11 dynamic health center patients, and hear all about what we are doing right and what we need to do to achieve a higher level of excellence.
SFCCC is a national model in the past, present, and future of health care. Our dynamic team embraces change to improve patient experience, ensuring that each and every patient receives the best clinical service possible and is treated with dignity and respect. I am proud to be called the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium.
-John W. Gressman, MSW, MA
SFCCC relocated on June 15, 2015. Our new address is 2720 Taylor Street, Suite 430, in Fisherman’s Wharf. Feel free to come check out our new office. We look forward to seeing you!