Yesterday, 08/13/2020, Howard County Community Health Center, located at 1300 S. Gregg in Big Spring, celebrated Patient Appreciation Day as part of National Health Center Week by distributing goodie bags near the clinic entrance.
According to Jeff Malpiede, Development Director/Outreach Coordinator for South Plains Rural Health Services, Inc.- which includes the HCCHC - health centers are all over the country and were started in 1965 as an expansion of some social services. He advised that there are approximately 14,000 health centers across the country.
"Every year we like to recognize where we come from, and we'd also like to say thank you to the community because our patients are central to who we are," said Malpiede. "We serve folks from every kind of background and we'd just like to, during this week, say a small thanks to our patients for coming to our community health center and coming for medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and all the services that we offer."
Malpiede went on to say that although the goodie bags were modest this year due to the pandemic, Howard County Community Health Center and South Plains Rural Health Services still wanted to show their appreciation for the support from the community.