By Carl I. Walters II, Chief Executive Officer, Outpatient Medical Center Inc.
Dear Parish Families,
The Christmas season is fast approaching and we wanted to share some of the things we are most grateful for at Outpatient Medical Center Inc.
This holiday season:
-The opportunity to work with close to 100 of the most patient-centered, personal and professional staff who work at Outpatient Medical Center Inc.
-The opportunity to open three more Natchitoches parish school based health centers to expand the offering of integrated Behavioral Health Services in same
-The opportunity to put more of our valued community families to work through the nearly $1 mil- lion in Federal dollars we have recently earmarked to come to Outpatient Medical Center Inc.
-The opportunity to expand our company footprint into DeSoto parish by acquiring The DeSoto Health- care Center Inc., a respected health center who has faithfully and dutifully served the families of DeSo- to parish for over 20 years
-The opportunity to bring more diverse Behavioral Health Services to our valued patients by success- fully bringing up outpatient Psychiatric Services through a telemedicine treatment platform
-The fact we have successfully brought up and expanded the offering of Substance Abuse Services in our Natchitoches and Leesville Health Centers. We have plans to roll these services out in our other health centers as well
-The fact we have successfully brought up Podiatry Services in our Natchitoches Health Center
-The fact we have successfully brought up Physical Therapy Services in our Natchitoches Health Center
-The fact we have successfully been reaccredited with The Joint Commission
-The fact we have been awarded close to $100,000 in HRSA Quality program dollars in recognition for our sustained commitment to deliver high-quality, cost-effective and medically-appropriate medical services to you – our valued patients
-The fact we will use the $167,000 received in HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health Services grant dollars to hire two full-time Natchitoches parish school- based Licensed Clinical Social Workers and a full- time Case Manager to support their practices
-The fact we will use the $300,000 received in HRSA Oral Health Initiative grant dollars to upgrade our Dental Service-line x-ray equipment, chairs and dental software across the company. We were one of only four Federally Qualified Health Centers awarded this federal funding in the state of Louisiana
-The fact that we continue to “set the standard” when it comes to ensuring our patients are screened for colorectal cancer
-The fact that our Centers For Disease sponsored “Change Your Lifestyle” Diabetes Prevention Pro- gram continues to grow. Outpatient Medical Center Inc. was the only Federally-Qualified Health Center awarded this five-year $500,000 grant and we are the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the state of Louisiana with a Centers For Disease recognized Diabetes Prevention program; which will soon be offered in our DeSoto Healthcare Center Inc.
-The fact we have brought up Medicaid/Health Plan Outreach and Enrollment Services in our DeSoto Healthcare Center Inc.
-The fact we will also be expanding the offering of Medical Group Services in our DeSoto Healthcare Center Inc.
-The fact we will soon be expanding the offering of core preventative and minor restorative Dental Services from two weeks every month to four days per week every week of the month in our Leesville Health Center
-The fact our core Administrative team is now fully strengthened and stabilized
-The fact our core Nursing Group is now fully strengthened and stabilized
-The fact we have picked up multiple prestigious community service awards this year and;
-The fact we have grown our progressive company from a $5.7 million dollar integrated healthcare de- livery system to close to a $9 million dollar system over the past three years.
But the thing we are absolutely the most thankful for this Christmas season; is for your continued love and support of this wonderful company, our long-standing and respected community service mission and the privilege to partner with you to help keep our valued community families healthy and whole. On behalf of our Board of Directors and dedicated staff, thank you for your unabated sup- port of Outpatient Medical Center Inc.; as we could not do what we love to do; which is taking good care of you; without your sustained, love, support and confidence in Outpatient Medical Center Inc.
May your Christmas holiday season be filled with all of the love, family, friends, good food, laughter, fond memories, fellowship and warmth the Christmas season is intended to bring. It remains our privilege and pleasure taking good care of you; as caring for you is what we do at Outpatient Medical Center Inc. Catch the spirit of the holidays!!