|10/18/2012 10:25:00 AM|
Columbia Valley Community Health Celebrates 40 Years
Patient stories and generous outpouring creates a night of community connections
|CVCH Medical Director, Malcolm Butler, MD (right), helps keynote speaker Dr. Francis Collins, MD, DDS adjust the microphone for his keynote speech at the CVCH 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 27.|
Submitted photo from CVCH
It began in 1972 as the North Central Washington Migrant Health Project. Today Columbia Valley Community Health offers medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, WIC and outreach services to everyone in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Their mission is to provide access to improved health and wellness with compassion and respect for all.
CVCH is now an industry leader and was the first in the Pacific Northwest to achieve the Joint Commission's Primary Care Medical Home certification.
CVCH celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Over 350 people attended the event to reflect on the humble beginnings and commemorate the accomplishments of CVCH.
The patients of CVCH were the focal point of the evening. There were stories of gratitude, recognition and personal achievement on every table. There was also a unique silent auction comprised of patient-made items, accompanied by their personal stories relating the impact CVCH has had on their lives.
Guests had the opportunity to bid on items such as an intricate hand-stitched tablecloth, hand-beaded jewelry, even an exclusive private music concert. The winning bid of each auction item went directly to the participating patients.
Together, the bids for all eight auction items totaled over $1,500.
There was a ninth auction item that was donated by local artist Martha Flores. Flore's art, and other proceeds and donations from the event, excluding the silent auction, went to the CVCH Helping Hands Fund, which assist needy patients by paying for healthcare and other medical services. The evening's donations raised over $5,500 for Helping Hands, which is primarily funded through voluntary staff contributions throughout the year. Over 50 percent of CVCH employees donate to this fund which assisted more than 330 patients in the last two years.
Columbia Valley Community Health Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Bucknum, stated that the primary goal for the celebration was for guests to leave feeling connected.
"There is no better way to feel connected to what we do than to join us in our efforts to support our neediest patients, and to gain a clearer vision into the disparities that exist in the lives of our neighbors," Bucknum said.
Bucknum also challenged guests not to back away from service and finding one's true purpose.
"Our true purpose is not found when we are all dressed up and out on the town. It is found when we are getting our hands dirty in the service of others. After 40 years, we are most proud of the knowledge that our communities are living healthier lives because of our Mission and service,"
Bucknum said. "It's the culmination of stories and testimonies that reinforce our dedication to the communities we serve."
Columbia Valley Community Health has clinics in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Chelan. The Wenatchee location at 600 Orondo Ave. offers medical and dental services including pharmacy, diabetes, radiology, and Lab services.
The Express Care Clinic is located at 900 Eastmont Ave. in East Wenatchee. And the Chelan Clinic at 317 E. Johnson provides medical, dental and WIC service. CVCH currently serves over 20,000 patients a year through all of its locations.
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