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Open enrollment for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1, but consumers will have half as long to enroll as they’ve had in previous years.And that, combined with other recent changes to the ACA, also known as Obamacare, could result in fewer people being covered, advocates say.The enrollment period runs through Dec. 15, which is six weeks shorter than usual, said Shelli Quenga, director of programs for the Palmetto Project, a nonprofit that helps answer consumer questions and enroll people in insurance. Last year, she said, the project assisted almost 80,000 people.

On Thursday, August 17th, City of Greenville Mayor Knox White proclaimed National Health Center Week in Greenville, SC at New Horizon Family Health Services' West Faris Road Office!

Thank you to all who celebrated this special occasion with us at our Community Open House and Career Fair! In attendance at this event were members of the Board of Director's for the health center, expanded management, representatives from local elected officials offices, community partners and patients.

Governor Henry McMaster, Governor of the great State of South Carolina proclaimed August 13 - 19, 2017 as South Carolina Health Center Week throughout the state and encourages all South Carolinians to recognize the important contributions of health centers in safeguarding the health and improving the quality of life for the residents of the Palmetto State!
GREENVILLE, SC June 8, 2017— Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent colon cancer altogether.

 “Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Dr. Deanna Cotter, VP Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at New Horizon Family Health Services.  “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options – even take home options – available. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those who are uninsured.”

 While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.

The partnership between The University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research, American Cancer Society(ACS) and New Horizon Family Health Services (NHFHS) began in 2016 when NHFHS, signed the 80% by 2018 pledge. Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which over five hundred  organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.  Leading public health organizations, such as American Cancer Society, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

New Horizon Family Health Services is asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.  From 9:00am - 4:00pm on June 13th, 14th and 15th, NHFHS will host a series of free events at its 975 West Faris Road location in Greenville to inform patients and the Upstate Community about the risks and options regarding Colorectal Cancer Screening.  June 13th and 14th will feature a “Talk with a Doc” session in which NHFHS’ medical providers will be on hand to answer questions and to provide confidential information about colorectal cancer screenings.  Patients who wish to receive a screening will be given the opportunity to speak with a provider to determine the most appropriate and cost-effective screening option. In some cases, a Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) will be recommended.  The FIT test will test for occult (hidden) blood in the stool sample and it can be completed either on-site or at the patient’s home.  To conclude this 3-day event, Genentech Inc. will provide a 12 ft. x 12 ft. x 10 ft. inflatable replica of a colon which will depict the varying stages of cancer as well as what the normal colon tissue looks like.  This walk through exhibit will be guided by Nurse Educators.  Giveaways, patient testimonies and key members of this partnership will be a part of this special event, including Dr. Frank Berger, University of South Carolina’s Director of the Center for Colon Cancer Research.

GREENVILLE, SC May 12, 2017—The Salvation Army of Greenville County announces that New Horizon Family Health Services, a primary health care provider in Upstate South Carolina, is the 2017 Partner of the Year Award winner. New Horizon Family Health Services is proud to accept this award based on the accomplishments of its Health Care for the Homeless program.

The partnership began in 2005 when the programs announced their commitments to serve the homeless population. The Health Care for the Homeless program works closely with Upstate homeless shelters and other health and human service organizations to improve and promote the health of our communities by providing and maintaining quality, affordable, compassionate, patient-centered health care. The Health Care for the Homeless program provides access to primary care, dental care, behavioral health services, pharmacy services and more to a 13-County area of the Upstate. In 2016, the program served 2,672 patients with a total of 4,566 primary care, dental and behavioral health visits.