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Manchester Community Health Center & Child Health Services Combine Operations

Increasing Number of Children Served
Manchester – Citing enhanced comprehensive services to clients and greater cost savings, Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC) and Child Health Services (CHS) announced today that their organizations will become one operation effective 11/1/14.
“Manchester Community Health Center and Child Health Services have collaborated for years and have a strong working relationship already in place,” said MCHC President and CEO Kris McCracken. “We anticipate now having the capacity to expand services to another 1,500 children with the combined organization with three sites and we believe that’s only the beginning of the many ways in which this coming together will positively impact the community and the patients served by the organizations.”
No layoffs are anticipated as a result of the agreement and administrators anticipate a bottom line cost savings of over $500,000 annually, achieved through a combination of a merged administrative architecture, enhanced reimbursement rates for Medicaid patients at CHS and gains in efficiencies. As time evolves, the two combined entities will look critically at opportunities to strengthen infrastructure, reduce unnecessary overhead, respond to opportunities, expand services and streamline functions.
“This announcement is the culmination of a decade’s worth of discussions that have finally come to fruition,” said Dr. Steve Paris, president, CHS Board of Directors.  “Combining the two organizations will truly create a medical home where children and their parents or guardians receive comprehensive care in the same medical practice. As services become more integrated, patients will notice greater consistency in accessing services. In addition, healthier finances will allow us to chart a service plan that can meet anticipated needs with dependable resources.”
Under the agreement, which has received approval from the U.S. DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration, the New Hampshire Attorney General and other funders like the State of New Hampshire DHHS, McCracken will be the Chief Executive Officer of MCHC and its practice at CHS. CHS Corporation and its board will remain to oversee the charitable purpose of CHS assets (endowment) that were acquired through donations or fundraising throughout CHS’ history. The Corporation itself will have no employees. MCHC will act as the support organization to provide the necessary infrastructure, and the assets will continue to be used and managed as originally intended by the donors involved. The building located at 1245 Elm Street will be transferred to MCHC to provide ongoing services at that location. MCHC will operate its pediatric care program under the name “Child Health Services.”
In addition to sharing many of the same funders, MCHC and CHS have collaborated for a number of years and already share staff under three program areas – Project LAUNCH, the Behavioral Health Integration Project and interpreters.
Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center offering high quality, comprehensive, and family-oriented primary health care and support services since 1993. Providing health care for a stronger community, MCHC serves nearly 12,000 patients annually. Founded in 1980, Child Health Services is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of at-risk children.

Posted on: October 29, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Expansion

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