What Is A Community Health Center?
Good Neighbor Community Health Center (Columbus) and GN Fremont are one-stop primary health care clinics that offer a wide variety of services, including family and general practice medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN care, dentistry and behavioral health. We are located together so you can more easily meet YOUR healthcare needs.
Good Neighbor Community Health Center and Good Neighbor Fremont are federally qualified community health centers (FQHC). FQHC is a federal designation given by the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the federal Department of Health and Human Services. FQHCs are located in, or serve, a federally designated medically underserved area/population. The Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995 granted medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to HRSA-supported health centers. Good Neighbor Community Health Center is an FTCA Deemed Agency.
Good Neighbor Community Health Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® (accreditation) for Laboratory, Ambulatory, Behavioral Health, and Patient Centered Medical Home by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
Did You Know?
- 113,528 patients in Nebraska rely on community health centers for their primary care, preventative services, chronic disease management, and support services to address medical, dental and behavioral health needs.
- Health centers are a crucial component of the health care safety net, serving over 113,000 patients in Nebraska annually.
- Health centers across Nebraska are making a healthy difference in our community. Over 30% of uninsured Nebraskans received care at an FQHC.
- Access to health care continues to be an issue for low income and uninsured Nebraskans: 17% of adults lack health insurance; 12% are unable to see a provider because of cost and; 418,000 low income Nebraskans are not served by a health center.
- Health Centers are open to all persons regardless of location, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, insurance status or ability to pay and offer sliding fee scale options to low-income patients.
- Health Centers reduce costly emergency, hospital and specialty care, saving $168 million to the overall health system in Nebraska annually. They create jobs and serve as a critical component of the safety net program, serving 34% of the uninsured population and 39% of the uninsured children in Nebraska.
- Seven health centers including Good Neighbor and GN Fremont, operate almost 80 sites in Nebraska, providing tremendous value and impact to the communities we serve. We offer medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacies, and enabling services.
- Research has repeatedly shown that individuals who have access to care at community health centers have fewer office visits and hospitalizations, are more likely to receive preventative screenings, and have fewer emergency room visits compared to non-health center patients. For each patient who receives care at a community health center, the health care system is saved about 24% in costs. In Nebraska alone, those savings total $168 million per year.
- Health centers lead the charge to reduce health disparities and ensure that high-quality, person-centered health care is readily accessible to the communities in Nebraska.