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Enloe Children’s Health Center to transition to
Northern Valley Indian Health’s ownership
CHICO, Calif., Oct. 3, 2012 – Enloe Medical Center and Northern Valley Indian Health are working together to oversee the seamless transition of the Enloe Children’s Health Center to new ownership. Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) will become the new owner and operator of the center as soon as Oct. 29. The center will continue to be called the Children’s Health Center.
NVIH will assume care of all existing patients, and new patients will also be welcome. It has committed to maintaining the same level of service that Enloe has provided its patients. “Half of the native kids in the Chico area already went there, so providing the same level of service and quality was important to our board,” said Dr. Andy Miller, medical director of NVIH. The Children’s Health Center will not be limited to Native American patients. NVIH was founded 40 years ago.
Enloe founded the Children’s Health Center 19 years ago to meet the growing needs for pediatric care in the community. It has provided care in more than 340,000 visits. The center cares for children from newborn through age 18 and accepts all insurance, including Healthy Families and Medi-Cal. The medical providers and staff include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered and licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and clerical support staff. Local pediatricians have contributed to the success of the clinic by providing rotating coverage and medical directorship.
Enloe has operated the center as a community benefit since it opened. Enloe sought new management for the center as the reimbursement the center receives does not cover the cost to operate it. NVIH receives a higher rate of reimbursement than Enloe to serve the underserved population so the transition makes fiscal sense at this time, particularly when the future of health care reimbursement is changing.
NVIH offered all of the center’s 34 employees their current positions, which enables patients to be seen by the same providers. The Children’s Health Center will remain at its existing location, 277 Cohasset Road in Chico and will continue to accept all insurance, including Healthy Families and Medi-Cal.
The nine local pediatricians on the medical staff at Enloe Medical Center who take call and alternate their coverage for the Children’s Health Center will continue this practice under NVIH ownership. All of the pediatricians have voiced support of the transition. Additionally, NVIH plans to hire a full-time pediatrician for the center. Enloe is helping to recruit this physician.
The organizations are currently preparing for the transition of records and services. The date of the switch will depend upon licensing scheduling and approval by the State of California, and could take place as soon as Oct. 29. The center will continue to serve patients throughout the process. Enloe has informed all current patient families of the transition.
“We are happy that Northern Valley Indian Health wants to maintain the level of service that Enloe Children’s Health Center has provided pediatric patients for more than 19 years,” said Aaron Wood, an Enloe Vice President.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.