NEWBURGH – The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (GHVFHC) held a ribbon cutting last Thursday for their new facility, Harper Health at GHVFHC, located at 290 Broadway. The ceremony marked the establishment of a center for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, allowing them to receive quality medical care in a safe and comfortable environment.
The ribbon cutting introduced the Family Health Center’s efforts to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for patients who may need assistance managing chronic illnesses that have gone unaddressed due to their living situation. Harper Health has treated over 60 patients since opening in mid-March and works closely with individuals to coordinate care in a supportive manner that is most beneficial to them.
John Harper, Executive Director of Honor EHG, and for whom the center is named, has provided care and stability to those who are homeless or at risk of homeless for years.
"I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world," Harper said of the dedication. He continued, "They [GHVFHC] live out their mission, never losing their compassion and respect for the less fortunate in the community."
GHVFHC President and CEO Linda Muller attributed the new center to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care). "Real access, high quality care, dedicated to those people who have the most difficulty in affording or accessing quality medical services," Muller said.
Clifton Jacobs, a patient of Harper Health, called the facility a very comfortable place.
"From the beginning they cared," Jacobs said, who considers Harper Health family. "This is a great place because they actually do care about you."
G. Robert ‘Bobby’ Watts, Executive Director of Care for the Homeless, who has over 25 years of experience in developing health and social service programs with and for homeless, mentally ill, HIV-positive, and substance-abuse populations spoke at the dedication as did New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados and Mayor Judy Kennedy.
Harper Health services will include physical examinations for children and adults; immunizations; office and laboratory testing; dental evaluations; care for acute health concerns and chronic conditions; and behavioral health evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, and pre-natal evaluations all withreferral for treatment. Walk-ins are welcome at Harper Health.