News from Rinehart Clinic
Rinehart Clinic staff honored with OPCA Awards of Excellence
May, 2019: The annual Oregon Primary Care Association’s (OPCA) Awards of Excellence program recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of community health center staff throughout Oregon. Rinehart Clinic was one of the clinic’s showcased with the 2019 awards, with three staff members receiving Awards of Excellence:
Denise Weiss, Rinehart Clinic’s Quality Director, was honored with a CHC (Community Health Center) Value Award for fostering a clinic culture focused on improving patient care.
Angelica Godinez, Outreach and Enrollment Navigator, and Sara Todd, one of Rinehart Clinic’s Licensed Clinical Social Workers, received the award for championing quality health care for all in our community.
For a full list of award winners, and details on their accomplishments, visit the OPCA website: www.orpca.org/about-us/annual-awards-of-excellence
Rinehart Clinic now offers acupuncture
February, 2019: Meet Liz Vitale, Rinehart Clinic's acupuncturist, who is bringing patients a new option for managing chronic pain and other health concerns.
Offering acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Liz focuses on treating chronic medical conditions and addressing the root causes of disease. She has a background in pain management and addiction, including smoking cessation.
Liz holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland.
She is currently accepting patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Rinehart Clinic. If you would like to make an appointment, please call 800-368-5182, ext. 101.
Rinehart Clinic welcomes new CEO
January, 2019: The Rinehart Clinic is pleased to welcome Gail Nelson as our new Chief Executive Officer. Gail will join the team in late January.
An extensive search for a new CEO had been under way since late summer. The previous CEO, Marge Jozsa, resigned in October ahead of her scheduled 2018 year-end retirement.
Ms. Nelson has a background in rural healthcare and with federally-qualified health centers. For the past five years, she has served as Associate Director of Chambers Community Health Centers, Inc. in Anahuac, Texas.
Gail places an emphasis on recruitment and retention of qualified staff. She also has a strong focus on monitoring and improving quality, patient-centered primary care, and she believes firmly in collaboration–both among clinic staff and with community partners.
According to Camy VonSeggern, President of Rinehart Clinic's Board of Directors, Gail is well qualified for the job. She is excited to get started and make the move to the Oregon coast.
"The search committee was impressed with Gail's knowledge about rural healthcare challenges and her approach to running a clinic and pharmacy," said Camy. "We are confident she will serve Rinehart Clinic well and we are pleased she has chosen to accept the leadership role here."
Ms. Nelson provided the following statement regarding her new role at Rinehart Clinic: “I look forward to working with the leadership team and staff of the Rinehart Clinic and Pharmacy. I want to help the organization continue to fulfill its mission of providing high-quality, complete, personalized healthcare for residents and visitors, regardless of their health conditions and financial circumstances. It was apparent to me immediately upon meeting everyone, that each member of the team is compassionate about health care, their role(s) in the Center, and the collaborative approach to finding creative solutions to complex needs. My goal is to identify new strategic partnerships, strengthen existing community relationships, and create a sense of excitement about the future.”
Ms. Nelson received her Masters of Health Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Health Administration, from Texas State University-San Marcos. She also attended the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Please join us in extending Gail a warm welcome to the clinic and to the North County community.
Grant award brings new classes and programs to Rinehart Clinic
January, 2019: Rinehart Clinic recently received $20,000 in grant funding aimed at reducing obesity in our community. The project's focus is on expanding access to healthy foods and physical activity.
The grant comes from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization Community Advisory Committee and the Eugene Schmuck Foundation.
The generous funding will help us expand our class offerings throughout 2019. Our popular Art of Eating and Weighty Discussion classes will return, and several others are in the planning stages. The classes will include diabetes management, medication management, and perhaps new walking groups and/or other physical activities.
The first new class we are adding is a monthly Mindfulness Meditation class that will help people understand the connection between emotional wellness and healthy eating. The drop-in class starts January 28 and will be led by Sara Todd, one of Rinehart Clinic's Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Sara has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 15 years.
Rinehart Clinic reduces sliding fee charges
November, 2018: Rinehart Clinic’s Board of Directors has reduced the clinic’s sliding fee scale charges in order to make it easier for all patients to get the care they need. The change is effective immediately. The new sliding fee scale ranges from $10 to $55, and the Discounted Time of Service fee, which covers the office visit, has been reduced to $60.
What does this mean for patients? The reduced charges apply to all patients on the sliding fee. All patients are encouraged to apply for the sliding fee discount regardless of their income level, household size, or insurance coverage. If for some reason your insurance does not cover some or all of the services we provide, you may be able to use our sliding fee scale.
About the sliding fee scale: Rinehart Clinic offers discounts on charges to patients based on their family size and income, and as a Federally Qualified Health Center, we have additional programs available to help patients who may have difficulty paying their health care bills.
For questions on insurance enrollment or the sliding fee scale program, please contact our Outreach and Enrollment Navigator at 800-368-5182 ext. 112. Our friendly front desk staff can help patients make appointments and determine insurance coverage, including for our Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Call 800-368-5182, Ext. 101 to reach the front desk.
For more information, and to download a sliding fee scale application, visit Rinehart Clinic’s services page: www.rinehartclinic.org/services
November, 2018: Rinehart Clinic is pleased to be participating in Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement that connects nonprofits to those who are considering year-end giving opportunities. Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018, following on the heels of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”
If you are planning to support local nonprofits on Giving Tuesday (or anytime), please consider a tax-deductible donation to Rinehart Clinic. Online donations can be made through PayPal on Rinehart Clinic’s Contribute page: www.rinehartclinic.org/contribute/
Learn more about Rinehart Clinic’s mission to provide healthcare to everyone in our community who needs it, regardless of their health conditions or ability to pay.
Seaside Providence Community Connections program helps connect patients with rides to medical appointments
November, 2018: Rinehart Clinic has partnered with Providence Seaside Hospital’s Community Connections to expand its free ride program into Tillamook County. The program provides rides to medical appointments in Clatsop County and the Portland metro area for patients who meet income eligibility requirements (200% and under of federal poverty level).
How to apply for the program: For Rinehart Clinic patients who want to apply to use the Providence Seaside Hospital Community Connections free ride program, the clinic’s Enrollment Navigator can help complete the intake and screening process. All they need to do is fill out an income verification sheet and, as long as they meet the guidelines, the Community Connections Program Coordinator will be notified that the patient is eligible to schedule rides to medical appointments. Rinehart Clinic’s Enrollment Navigator can be reached at 1-800-368-5182, Ext. 112.
The Enrollment Navigator will let patients know when the verification is complete. At that point, rides can be scheduled through the Providence Community Connections Program Coordinator.
Details on scheduling a ride: Once the patient is qualified for the program, they can contact the Community Connections Program Coordinator at 503-717-7766.
Provide 14 days’ notice for rides
Schedule appointments for Wednesdays if possible.
If patients have a friend or family member who could drive them, they should try that option first.
The Community Connections program cannot guarantee availability, but they will do their best to work with patients to find a day and time that works.
November is National Diabetes Month
Bringing attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans
November, 2018: Rinehart Clinic is focused on diabetes throughout the year, but November is a good time to highlight its impacts since it is National Diabetes Month.If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and other serious health problems.
As you can see by these statistics from from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), type 2 diabetes is widespread across the United States. In Tillamook County the numbers are even higher; more than 11 percent of the population has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and many more are undiagnosed or prediabetic.
Rinehart Clinic's care team is placing a special emphasis on diabetes this November. Some of you may have received a letter from our Panel Coordinator telling you "It is important to have your A1C checked before the end of 2018!"
Why is this A1C test so important? The A1C test, a routine blood test, averages your blood sugars for the past three months. Testing your A1C is the best way to stay in control of your diabetes and prevent related health complications.
Rinehart Clinic is also part of Tillamook County Wellness, a county-wide collaborative of healthcare facilities and other community partners focused on reducing the risk of diabetes across Tillamook County. For more information on Tillamook County Wellness, visit tillamookcountyhealthmatters.org.
Rinehart Clinic CEO Marge Jozsa submits resignation
November, 2018: Rinehart Clinic’s CEO, Marge Jozsa, submitted her resignation effective Tuesday, October 23, ahead of her scheduled retirement of December 31, 2018.
Ms. Jozsa took the helm at Rinehart Clinic and Pharmacy in November, 2014. Since that time, she has assembled a top-notch team; her strong leadership has ushered in many improvements at the clinic and encouraged a broad and innovative approach to primary care.
Some of the clinic’s most notable accomplishments under Marge’s leadership include: integrating the pharmacy into the clinic facility; facility upgrades and renovations to enhance the team-based approach to patient care; major strides in reducing opioid prescription use through careful tapering plans and alternative pain control methods for patients; interactive classes and lifestyle coaching focused on helping address community needs and encouraging patients to become more engaged in their own health; building a more culturally diverse staff to address the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community; enhanced collaboration with other community partners focused on community wellness and safety; and the addition of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine to the care team, offering an integrative approach to primary care.
Additionally, Ms. Jozsa guided the clinic through two successful site visits by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), initiated the clinic’s successful application for coverage through the Health Center Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) program, and led the charge to improve quality measures resulting in additional grant dollars from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. During her tenure at Rinehart, the Clinic’s rating from the Oregon Health Authority as a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home was increased significantly from tier 2 to tier 4. Marge continually advanced the clinic’s mission by collaborating with many community partners and healthcare organizations. She helped to establish longevity in relationships and build partnerships to increase awareness and to promote the accomplishments of the clinic and its positive effects on our community.
In addition, Marge successfully found and secured grant funding opportunities aimed at improving the overall health of the community. With her support and guidance, the clinic has been awarded several hundred thousand dollars in grant funding focused on reaching residents currently not accessing healthcare, or who need assistance finding insurance coverage, helping patients with diabetes manage their health challenges, and expanding mental health services, including treatment for substance use disorders.
The search for a new CEO has been underway for several months, and the Rinehart Clinic Board of Directors is committed to finding the best candidate to provide exceptional leadership, partnership, and expertise in facilitating the delivery of healthcare to our community.
The Rinehart Clinic Board of Directors and staff thank Marge Jozsa for her commitment to the health and well-being of the people of Tillamook and South Clatsop Counties and wish her a long, healthy, and happy retirement.
Rinehart Clinic awarded $291,000 grant to help expand treatment for opioid use disorder
October, 2018: Rinehart Clinic has received $291,000 in grant funding to help expand access to treatment for substance use disorder. The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) $352 million investment in community health centers across the country to combat the opioid crisis.
For some time, the Rinehart Clinic has been providing treatment to those patients with substance use disorder. We have developed a strong foundation for addiction treatment within a primary care setting. This grant will allow us to increase the number of patients served and expand to more fully incorporate mental health services and primary care alongside substance use disorder treatment.
The treatment program calls for a broader, more holistic approach, with the help of Rinehart Clinic’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a support team dedicated to helping patients navigate the challenges of recovery. One of the most critical pieces of the plan is to expand access to mental health services, since mental health conditions (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, for example) are often co-occurring with substance use disorders.
We are one of 1,232 community health centers across the nation chosen to receive this grant funding. The Rinehart Clinic is proud that HRSA has put its faith in us to expand the important work we have been doing in Tillamook County.
Rinehart Clinic receives grant funding to assist with health insurance open enrollment period
[The following is excerpted from a press release issued by the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services. Rinehart Clinic is pleased to have been selected as one of Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace's community partners for the upcoming open enrollment period. Watch for details in the coming weeks on open enrollment events taking place across Tillamook County and south Clatsop County.]
September, 2018: The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded more than $795,000 in grants to eight community groups and 34 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs.
For most people who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for a health plan or switch plans. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.
“Every year more Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “The dedication and expertise of partners like these grantees help make that possible.”
The state selected grantees after a competitive process. Applicants were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare.
The nonprofit groups—called community partners—receiving a total of $457,265 in grants are:
Asian Health & Service Center, Portland
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – Community United Funds and the OR-COFA Project, Portland and Salem
Cascade AIDS Project, Portland
Centro Latino Americano, Eugene
Interface Network, Salem
Northeast Oregon Network, La Grande
Project Access NOW, Portland
Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler
Community partners help Oregonians sign up for insurance and apply for financial assistance. Their help is free of charge. To make an appointment with a partner or agent, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.