Hispanic Heritage Month Staff Highlights

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Each week, we’ll be recognizing the contributions of Hispanic members of our team to the health of the communities we serve and listening as they share how they celebrate their culture.

Today, we are highlighting sisters Sandra and Solangie! Sandra is the Practice Manager of NHFHS’ Travelers Rest office and Solangie is a Clinical Support Specialist at our Mallard site.

What does your Hispanic heritage mean to you?

Our Hispanic heritage means cleaning house on Saturday morning to salsa music, eating mom’s homemade frijoles and chicharrón, speaking Spanglish and knowing that we will always call two countries home. It means that we take pride in who we are, love our family and are grateful for what we have and where we are.

What are your favorite Hispanic cultural traditions? 

All of December including the Day of the Candles on December 8 and opening our Christmas gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. For New Year’s Eve, we have many traditions — one of the best is eating twelve grapes, one for each month of the upcoming year. As you eat a grape, you make a wish for that month!

What do you enjoy most about your role at NHFHS?

Both Sandra and Solangie agree that providing patient-centered care is what they enjoy most about working at NHFHS. “Being able to make a difference through interaction with patients is an important part of my day,” says Sandra. Solangie adds, “I like speaking to patients on the phone and knowing that I was able to help them.”

 

 

 

NHFHS Launches Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program

New Horizon Family Health Services (NHFHS) has launched a staff COVID-19 vaccination incentive program to encourage employees to get vaccinated.

As part of the program, fully-vaccinated NHFHS employees receive a $100 gift card. Additionally, a monthly drawing to win a $500 gift card is held for fully-vaccinated staff. Since the program started in July, the COVID-19 immunization rate among NHFHS staff has increased to 68%.

NHFHS’ Lead Pharmacist, Joe Umina, won a $500 gift card as part of the organization’s COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program.

NHFHS’ Lead Pharmacist, Joe Umina, is the recipient of the first $500 gift card drawing.  When asked why he chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Joe said, “I received the vaccine because I care. I care about my health along with my family, my coworkers and my community’s health and wellbeing. I believe this incentive reflects New Horizon Family Health Services’ commitment to provide a safe environment for all employees and patients through encouraging all employees to be vaccinated.”

NHFHS’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Regina M. Mitchell, agrees. “Our organization is committed to the health of our staff, patients and community. The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best tools we have to fight the virus and keep our communities healthy. In addition to the vaccine incentive program, NHFHS continues to work to educate staff and patients on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. I urge everyone to get vaccinated and be part of the solution.”

All NHFHS medical offices offer the Moderna vaccine to eligible individuals. Individuals can make an appointment by calling 864-729-8330, extension 1766. Or just walk in to the 975 W. Faris Road office in Greenville Monday-Friday 8 am-3:30 pm, no appointment needed.

NHFHS Partners to Launch Life-Saving Program

NHFHS, American Heart Association and Meals on Wheels Start Blood Pressure Monitoring Program

NHFHS is pleased to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Meals on Wheels to launch a blood pressure monitoring program for community members living with hypertension. “High blood pressure is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death,” said Kelly Wilkins, Executive Director with the American Heart Association. “Through this collaboration, we are able to serve those in need and connect them with services to improve their overall health.”

AHA provided health resources, including blood pressure cuffs, to New Horizon Family Health Services patients who have been diagnosed with hypertension. NHFHS’ Nurse Patient Care Coordinator/Educators will work with these individuals to help them monitor and manage their blood pressure from home. Individuals will also be provided healthy meals through the Meals on Wheels delivery service. “Meals on Wheels is honored to be a part of this collaborative effort to provide nutritious meals in conjunction with support for healthier lifestyles that can impact cardiac health” said Catriona Carlisle, Executive Director with Meals on Wheels. Good nutrition is an important part of managing blood pressure. Together, these organizations are helping individuals reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiac death.

“This collaboration furthers our organization’s mission of improving the health of the communities we serve by providing NHFHS’ Nurse Patient Care Coordinator/Educators an additional tool when working with patients diagnosed with high blood pressure to help manage this chronic condition,” said Regina M. Mitchell, New Horizon Family Health Services President and Chief Executive Officer.

The American Heart Association presented the blood pressure cuffs to New Horizon Family  Health Services. From left-right: Kelly Wilkins – Executive Director, American Heart  Association; Catriona Carlisle – Executive Director, Meals on Wheels; and Triva Smith – Care Management Supervisor, New Horizon Family Health Services.

High blood pressure affects more than 100 million adults in the U.S. and over 50% of people living with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. “Knowing your numbers is the first step to controlling your blood pressure,” said Wilkins. “We are grateful for the  collaboration with New Horizon Family Health Services and Meals on Wheels because  together, we can accomplish so much more.”  

National Health Center Week 2021!

Join Us For These Events as We Celebrate Community Health Centers! 

Saturday, August 7 – Movies in the Park! 

Join us for a FREE outdoor movie in Trailblazer Park’s Movies in the Park at 235 Trailblazer Drive in Travelers Rest! NHFHS is proud to sponsor this event.

Monday, August 9 – Health Care for the Homeless Day 

Visit our Facebook page to learn more about NHFHS’ Health Care for the Homeless and Medical Respite Care Program which provides health care access to more than 2600 individuals experiencing homelessness each year.

Wednesday, August 11 – Patient Appreciation Day 

Sign up as a health center advocate and support the work we do!

Tune in to our Facebook page for a virtual story time from NHFHS’ Behavioral Health Director, Dr. Kostman!

Friday, August 13 – Staff Appreciation Day

As part of our staff appreciation day, we invite you to consider joining our team! Are you seeking a new opportunity while making a difference in the health of your community? Drop by our Career Table today at 975 W. Faris Road in Greenville from 11 am – 2 pm to learn more about our job openings.

It’s COVID-19 Vaccine Action Week!

It’s COVID-19 Vaccine Action Week! Do you still need the vaccine?

Before I made the decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine, I took time to review the facts and the science. I was convinced that the vaccines are very effective and safe. Serious side effects are rare and treatable, and minor side effects, like a sore arm, usually go away within a few days. That gave me the confidence I needed to get the vaccine as soon as it was offered to me.

If you’re still trying to decide if you’ll get a COVID vaccine, I strongly recommend that you get vaccinated. Your health, and the health of our community, is incredibly important to me, and the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you and your loved ones from getting sick. And it will help us all get back to doing the things we love.

All New Horizon Family Health Services medical offices are offering the Moderna vaccine to all eligible individuals in our community. You can get the vaccine in two ways:

Schedule An Appointment!

Call 864-729-8330, extension 1766 to make an appointment at one of our medical offices.

Greenville Office – 975 W. Faris Road

Greer Office – 111-A Berry Avenue

Travelers Rest Office – 1588 Geer Highway 

OR

 Just Walk In!

Walk in to our 975 W. Faris Road office in Greenville from 8 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday.

No appointment needed!

I want to make sure that you have the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you. If you have any questions, please contact one of our medical offices. Please visit www.newhorizonfhs.org/offices/locations-2/  to find contact information for each office.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deanna Cotter

Chief Medical Officer, New Horizon Family Health Services

Celebrating the Success of Those Overcoming Homelessness – Virtual Event

Join us on Monday, June 21 — the first day of summer and longest day of the year — as NHFHS’ Health Care for the Homeless and Medical Respite Care Program team and community partners celebrate the success and resilience of those in our community who have overcome homelessness. Tune in to our Facebook page to hear their stories and learn more about the community’s collaborative efforts to make homelessness brief and rare.

 

NHFHS Hiring Event – May 25!

Join us for the opportunity to learn more about NHFHS and our organization’s current openings, speak with a hiring manager, have an on-the-spot pre-screening interview and apply online for a position (if applicable)! Click here to learn more about working at NHFHS: www.newhorizonfhs.org/working-at-nhfhs/.

Open Positions Include: 

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical Assistant

Patient Care Technician

Scheduler

Dental Hygienist

Patient Service Representative

Pharmacy Technician

Medical Interpreter

Nurse Patient Care Coordinator/Educator

Facilities Technician

Quality Management Specialist

Health Information Management Clerk

Benefits Include: 

Comprehensive Benefit Package

Paid Annual Holidays

 No Sunday Hours of Operation

Vacation and Sick Leave

Green Smoothie Recipe – National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month! Tune in as NHFHS’ Registered Dietitian, Ken McCormick, shows us how to make a quick and healthy green smoothie! Print the recipe below.

Did you know that nutrition counseling services are offered to patients as part of NHFHS’ integrated care approach? Speak with your NHFHS primary care provider to learn more.

NHFHS Welcomes New Behavioral Health Director

New Horizon Family Health Services is pleased to welcome a new provider to our team! Sherry Kostman, PsyD has joined NHFHS as our Behavioral Health Director. A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kostman has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 20 years and has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is currently completing a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is also a Certified Case Manager (CCM) through the Commission for Case Management Certification. NHFHS offers behavioral health services to patients as part of our integrated approach to care. To make an appointment with a Clinical Counselor, please ask your NHFHS primary care provider for a referral.