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RiverStone Health Clinic and 1,400 other community health centers across the nation are the family doctors for more than 27 million Americans. Our mission is to provide affordable primary care. What is less known is that we are proven innovators and problem-solvers in treating chronic disease.

Along with providing preventive care, we try to address factors that contribute to poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, poor nutrition and unemployment.

Health centers, like RiverStone Health Clinic, are on the front lines dealing with complex health conditions like the opioid crisis and obesity in low-income neighborhoods. By managing chronic conditions in a way that improves health and reduces unnecessary hospital visits, health center across the country save the nation’s health care system an estimated 24 billion dollars a year.

RiverStone Health has been a leader among community health centers. We were one of the original 11 Teaching Health Centers, educating doctors through our Montana Family Medicine Residency, and we were the first in Eastern Montana to receive national recognition for our patient-centered model of care.

Our model of care works by treating the whole patient with a range of support services under one roof. Our patients -- including low-income families, veterans and the elderly – have direct access to dentists and pharmacists. They also have help navigating what can be a confusing maze of support services and specialists in our nation’s fragmented system of care. The system can confuse even for patients who have both insurance and a regular provider. At health centers, the goal is to provide everyone with easy access to care no matter who they are, where they are from, or if they have insurance.

RiverStone Health Clinic is proud to work with many community partners to maintain a system that meets members of our community “where they are” and encourages wellness. Our health center staff strives every day to live the RiverStone Health mission of connecting people to a better life.

During National Health Center Week, August 12-18, the theme is “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes.” Few health center staff consider themselves heroes. They are people who believe that affordable health care should always be within reach for everyone who needs it. During National Health Center Week, we invite you to see firsthand why we are at center stage in a changing healthcare landscape. Visit RiverStone Health Clinic and learn about the range of services and programs we offer and find out why health centers are a good prescription for our nation’s health.

Last year, Congress -- with strong bipartisan support -- invested in health centers, recognizing that a strong community-based system of care where people have easy access to doctors and preventive care saves lives and reduces health care costs.

Nancy Taylor, Vice President of Clinical Operations, can be reached at 247-3295 or nancy.tay@riverstonehealth.org

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