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Stephenson speaks on Pediatric OT

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On Monday, Brian Stephenson, Director of Occupational Therapy at Compass Community Health Care Center was the guest speaker at the Portsmouth Rotary luncheon in the Shawnee State University Sodexo Ballroom.

Stephenson opened by explaining not only rehabilitation and geriatric patients have a need for occupational therapy, but children do sometimes, as well.

“Children have certain things they need to do independently, too,” Stephenson said. “We want to help them have functional independence and quality of life.”

When occupation is mentioned most people think of a career: professor, banker or employment of some kind.

“A child’s occupation is play,” he said. That is how the therapy is designed, keeping children in mind.

To read more on this article, visit the Portsmouth Daily Times.

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Compass Heads to San Diego for Training, Advocacy, and More

This week, Compass staff Summer Kirby (CEO), Eva Gitome (CFO), and Erin Trapp (Clinical Director) traveled to San Diego to attend National Association of Community Healthcare Center’s (NACHC) annual Community Health Institute (CHI) and Expo. While there they looked for opportunities to network with representatives from Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) from all across the nation, as well as attend general and individualized informational sessions on topics vital to community health center (CHC) operations and interests.

During the opening general session, participants were greeted by new NACHC Board Chair Jim Luisi. Luisi took the opportunity to remind the audience of the fast approaching FQHC fiscal cliff and the important role advocates will play in the coming weeks. They also heard from a community health center patient Anna Arellano, who said community health centers were the key to helping her live a healthier life.

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(L to R) Summer Kirby, Jim Luisi, Erin Trapp, Eva Gitome

At the following general session, attendees were given the opportunity to hear from Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized graffiti artist and author. Wahl discussed how organizations who embrace creativity and “disruption” will flourish, while those who don’t make innovation a top priority will fall behind.

Individualized session topics included discussions on how to improve work flow to identify and address the socioeconomic needs of patients, either through in-house means or through referral sources. Another session focused on how to reduce dependency on grant funding should reductions to the federal budget be ratified. There was also a session on up-to-the-minute updates from Capitol Hill, with special emphasis on funding, Medicaid, telehealth and more.



(L to R) Eva Gitome, Summer Kirby, Jim Macrae (HRSA), Erin Trapp

One overarching theme of the convention has been the pressing reality of the upcoming FQHC fiscal cliff. If Congress does not act by September 30, 2017 community health centers stand to lose upwards of 70% of their funding. This funding is vital to ensuring community health centers can continue to deliver high quality, affordable health care to all members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

That’s why it’s imperative you sign up as an ADVOCATE TODAY, and tell your legislators that good health and FQHC funding is important to you.

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Compass Community Health Care Center Earns Renewed FQHC Status To Provide Primary Health Care

Scioto County, Ohio – Compass Community Health Care Center (CCHCC) announced today they have successfully been designated renewed status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC ) designee until 2020, and awarded the accompanying funding for a total amount of $2.1 million, which will mean $701,472 annually, for the next three years to enhance services and patient care.

Compass CEO Summer Kirby said, “The funding award enhances our ability to reduce barriers to care. It is vital that we maintain awareness of how to address the needs of our patients and community.  Everyone should have access to affordable, high quality health care, regardless of insurance coverage.  Our team remains committed to growing our existing health services and expanding services when we see an opportunity to address our patient’s whole health.”

Kirby also recognizes this award for excellence as an endorsement of the Compass health care team, and says, “A patient’s experience and improved outcomes is a direct reflection of the caring and compassionate team we have here at Compass. Over and over, our patient satisfaction surveys comment on how our providers take their time and really listen to our patients. We all work together to provide quality, family-style, primary health care for everyone in the community.”

Under the Public Health Service Act, FQHCs provide core primary and preventive health care services to underserved populations. In addition to primary care, Compass also offers in house pharmacy services and consultation, connection to community agencies and programs through Outreach and Enrollment services, help with transportation to the office and any other related doctor appointments; as well as on-site specialized services for behavioral health and pediatric occupational therapy services.

Compass Medical Director Dr. John Turjoman
Compass Medical Director Dr. John Turjoman

Compass Medical Director Dr. John Turjoman said, “We are dedicated to providing high quality and compassionate care to all in our community regardless of barriers patients may have run into in the past. Compass Community Health Care Center is constantly evolving and growing, and will adjust our services as we see our community’s needs change. Our services encompass not only the immediate local community, but all of Scioto county and the surrounding area.”

Compass Community Health Care Center, located at 1634 – 11th Street, US Highway 52E, Portsmouth, Ohio, is open to all in the community and always welcoming new patients. Call for more information, (740) 355-7102.

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Compass Occupational Therapy Supports 15th Annual Autism Walk

At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday afternoon, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

In honor of April being Occupational Therapy and Autism Awareness Month, we have been highlighting the importance of occupational therapy, as well as autism by providing topics all this month during our #LiveWellWednesday posts. Today’s post concludes this series from Compass Community Health Care Center Occupational Therapist, Liz Legg.


Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a proud supporter of the Autism Project of Southern Ohio and we are so excited for the Autism Walk this weekend.  Many of our kids are members of the Autism Project and they look forward to the walk each year.  We encourage you to go out and support these kids and this wonderful event, Saturday, April 29th, beginning at 11am at Millbrook Park in New Boston! For more information and details about the walk check out this article in the Portsmouth Daily Times.

For additional information on this topic check out the Autism Society or to schedule an assessment with one of our providers, please contact our office 740-355-7102.

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Autism Walk



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Day Two Recap – A Little More Coffee, A Smidge More Politics, and a Whole Lot of Advocating

To start the day, Beth and Samantha joined other NACHC Policy and Issues Forum first-timers, including Dr. Aaron Clark, CMO of PrimaryOne Health, in meeting Senator Sherrod Brown at his constituent coffee. They had the opportunity to thank Senator Brown for his attendance at October’s round table discussion with The Counseling Center and to thank him for his continued support of CHCs. They also had the pleasure of speaking with his legislative director, Jeremy Hekhuis, further detailing the need for support behind Ohio’s CHCs.

At the same time, Todd and Summer were back at the conference hall attending a session regarding health center operations. They spent time learning how Compass can continue, deliver, and expand its current services.

The Compass group then reconvened with other Ohio FQHC delegates to meet with Representative Brad Wenstrup. It was asked of Rep. Wenstrup to support continued health center grant funding, workforce initiative funding, and Medicaid expansion. Rep. Wenstrup was very open to the discussion and spoke of his support for CHCs.

OACHC Wenstrup Hill

#FunFact: Dr. Wenstrup once served as a board member of a Cincinnati-area CHC.

Next, the Ohio group met with Senator Brown’s aide, Abigail Duggan, to ask the same support from the senator. Ms. Duggan assured the group that Sen. Brown was a big supporter of CHCs and that he would do what he could to assure we have the needed resources so we can continue to deliver high quality care to the citizens of Ohio.

To wrap up the day, the group met with Jack Dolan, aide to Senator Rob Portman. Again, the three asks of grant funding, workforce initiative funding, and Medicaid expansion support were brought to the forefront of the conversation, with Summer leading the charge. Mr. Dolan assured us that CHCs had Sen. Portman’s support, especially in terms of how they have been one of the biggest responders to the opioid epidemic.

OACHC Portman Hill

Friday will see the Compass group breaking into various educational sessions. Topics include finance, compliance, advocacy, and a plethora of others. Stay tuned for summaries from tomorrow’s sessions. In the meantime, make sure you sign up to be a health center advocate.

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Day One Recap – Coffee, Politics, and Buckeye Solidarity

To start the day in D.C. attending the national FQHC Policy and Issues Forum, Beth, Samantha, and Summer met with members of OACHC at Senator Rob Portman’s constituent coffee to speak with the senator about the great work CHCs do for Ohio’s communities. Specifically, Compass had the pleasure of speaking directly with both Senator Portman and his aide Jack Dolan about the importance of integration of behavioral health and primary care with respect to the opioid epidemic facing Southern Ohio, an issue dear to the senator’s heart.

Across town, Todd, underwent NACHC’s “Board Member Boot Camp”. There they discussed areas of finance, quality, and responsibilities related to the oversight of CHCs. He’s eager to share what he learned with the rest of the Board of Directors.

Later in the day, Beth, Samantha, and Summer, re-grouped for the session “Be Ready to Head to the Hill”. There they learned how best to address legislators in one-one-one meetings and how to encourage advocacy efforts while in D.C. and after returning back home to our communities.

The group, as a whole, reconvened for the General Session to hear from NACHC leadership, as well as participate in a round table discussion involving former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle and Former Utah Governor, Michael Leavitt about the art of speaking with legislatures and an insider’s update on the current political atmosphere and where they believe it is heading.

General Session

To end the day, Compass met with FQHC representatives from all over the state of Ohio to discuss the plan for tomorrow’s capitol hill visits. Led by OACHC’s Julie DiRossi King and Teresa Rios-Bishop, the Compass team learned some best practices when interacting with Ohio’s representatives and senators. Armed with this knowledge, Compass looks forward to #stormingthehill today to discuss the importance of such issues such as continued CHC funding, workforce programs, and more.

OACHC Delegation

Tune in later for more updates. As always, don’t forget to sign up as a health care advocate today.

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Compass to Join Fellow FQHCs in Our Nation’s Capital

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Seen here with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Compass Compliance Officer Beth Dunlap and Outreach Specialist Samantha Walls are part of a group of healthcare advocates visiting legislators this week in Washington, D.C.

This week, Stephen “Todd” Crabtree, Board Vice Chair; Beth Dunlap, Corporate Compliance Officer; Summer Kirby, Chief Executive Officer; and Samantha Walls, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist and Advocacy Coordinator will be meeting with community health care workers from around the U.S. to discuss the future of healthcare with policy makers in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Discussions will include continued funding for CHCs, preserving expanded Medicaid, advocacy, and compliance issues, among other things. Compass has the unique opportunity of visiting with Senator Sherrod Brown,  Senator Rob Portman, and Representative Brad Wenstrup and/or their legislative assistants with the OACHC delegation to discuss what their decisions mean for the patients back home in Ohio and how they can be integral in ensuring no patient is left without access to affordable quality healthcare.

In the coming days, we will be posting photos and information from the sessions we attend and ways you can help make a difference for your community health center. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up to be a health center advocate! Also, take to Twitter and Facebook with a photo and let us know why you #valueCHCs. Don’t forget to tag us and your legislators. Those who participate and show the most influence on Twitter will receive national recognition.

Capitol at Dusk

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Ed Hughes Retiring After 27 Years

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Ed Hughes, CEO of Compass Community Health Care Center, is retiring after 27 years of dedicated service. Ed is passionate about people and the love he has for his community is endless. We wish him the best of luck and will cherish the impact he has had on the many lives he touched.

If you look up the word “fixture” in the dictionary, it has two different definitions – “something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.” or “a person or thing long established in the same place or position.” One would be hard pressed to not find Ed Hughes, Executive Director of Compass Community Health Care in either of those definitions.

Continue to the full Portsmouth Daily Times article by clicking here.


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Operation Gratitude 2016, A Huge Success

large-group-photoThank you to our community volunteers for joining us to honor our area veterans!  We were able to provide food bags for 100 local veterans.

It takes a community to make a project successful and Compass Community Health utilized that model when they honored area veterans Friday. Volunteers from many local organizations including RSVP, Compass Community Health, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Red Cross, Ohio State University Extension Office, Shawnee State University’s Rotaract Club, Kathleen Young Southeastern Ohio liaison for Governor John Kasich’s Office, Congressman Bill Johnson, Pleasant Green Baptist Church, United States Daughters of 1812, the Portsmouth City Health Department, ADAHMS Board, Community Action Organization, Potters House Food Pantry and others, distributed donated food items to more than 115 local veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

For full Portsmouth Daily Times article click here.