Peak Vista Community Health Centers, formerly known as Community Health Centers, will celebrate its new name and logo and the redesign and expansion of the center’s senior clinic with a ribbon cutting and special program May 26.
Bert Hayes-Davis is the director of external relations for the center, and he said that the name change to Peak Vista (vista means view in Spanish) more aptly reflects the areas served and the diversity of the center’s clients. Forty-seven percent of the center’s clients are white, 20 percent are Hispanic and 18 percent are black – the rest are American Indian, Alaskan and Asian.
The community health center has provided services to Pikes Peak area residents since 1971. In 2003, the center served 38,466 clients, intercepting 110,996 total visits. To accommodate the numbers, the center staffed 268 positions, including physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, midwives, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and support personnel.
During the 2003 fiscal year, 76 percent of the center’s patients had incomes below poverty level, which, according to federal guidelines, is $9,130 per year for single people and $18,850 for a family of four. Twenty percent of the clients paid a portion of their fees, and 4 percent paid in full. Pre-school children and students (first through 12th grades) and young adults (ages 20 to 44) comprised the majority of clients.
The center is 63 percent financially supported by Medicaid, Medicare, co-pays and private insurances. Other funding sources include 19.6 percent of in-kind contributions and other revenues; 11 percent federal funding; 6 percent grants and 4 percent county funding. Almost $2 million in donated pharmaceuticals and a little over $1 million in donated professional services and materials help ensure the center’s stability in the community. Almost $7 million in charitable care was provided last year to clients for medical, dental and health education services.
The new name, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, not only represents the diversity of the patients but also its satellite clinics in Colorado Springs, Divide and Cripple Creek. For more information, visit the center’s Web site at www.peakvista.org