Esperanza Family Health Center in Estancia is celebrating National Health Center Week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 15. The family-friendly event is open to the public and includes health screening opportunities, refreshments, tours of the facilities, and a meet and greet with Center staff.

Esperanza Family Health Center’s open house is part of National Health Center Week which takes place nationwide Aug. 13-19. The annual event is designed to recognize the importance of community health centers.

Complimentary health checks include blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and personal height-weight-and body-mass-index. Paps and other checks are available too but require a pay source and an appointment.

Assured Imaging will be onsite making available mammography screenings and retinol checks. Appointments are required at 505-384-2777 with most insurance plans accepted, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

“Esperanza Family Health Center is a federally qualified facility that offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services,” said Lisabeth Fullerton, Program Administrator. “We’ve been serving the people of Estancia for close to 30 years. We do not turn away anyone based on ability to pay. Our focus is the uninsured and underinsured.”

Currently, the medical team of EFHC consists of Linda Stogner, MD; Kelly McDonald, Physician Assistant, and Inez Lopez, Dentist.

Across the state, Presybterian Medical Services operates 43 health centers in 32 community locations. In 2016, PMS provided 370,638 medical, dental and behavioral health visits to 71,892 New Mexicans.

As with other PMS community health centers, EFHC is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The not-for-profit center does not turn away any patient due to lack of insurance or financial status.

Payment options include Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance. For the uninsured, payment is on a sliding fee scale. In operation since 1969, Presbyterian Medical Service’s mission is to design and deliver quality, accessible, integrated health, education, and human services in response to identified community needs of the multi-cultural people of the Southwest.

For more information, see pmsnm.org or call 800-477-7633.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

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