2017 was a busy year for Gifford: Our Birthing Center celebrated a forty-year anniversary, residents moved in to Morgan Orchard’s Strode Independent Living, all our primary care practices achieved level 3 patient-centered medical home certification, and we were awarded the largest quality grant award of any FQHC in the state.
It was also a year of significant organizational change, transitions that seem to mirror larger state and national healthcare uncertainties. Change, while disruptive, brings opportunities for creative responses to challenges that can transform the way we approach our work.
New initiatives in 2017 included reinvigorating our community outreach program to strengthen support for health-related activities and collaborative partnerships in the community. An expanded focus on Primary Care brought the addition of Addiction Medicine services, a direct response to our community’s growing opioid crisis. And we continue to explore and invest in new technology and resources that bring more efficient and accurate testing services for our patients.
Gifford’s mission is clear and focused: to provide quality care locally and promote the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. This focus has inspired adaptive responses to change for more than a hundred years, and will continue to ground and guide us as we navigate today’s challenges and uncertainty.
Dan Bennett, President and CEO
Matt Considine, Board Chair