Sadler Health Center Health Care Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Sadler Health Center Health Care Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

CARLISLE, PA – There is a lot of excitement inside Sadler Health Center (SHC). Today could mark the “beginning of the end” of the pandemic as Sadler Health received its first shipment of vaccinations. Several front-line health care workers including its medical and dental teams and others received the first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. It is anticipated that all Sadler Health employees who want to be vaccinated will receive it. In addition, the vaccines will be available to patients and community providers in the near future.

“I’m honored and relieved to receive the vaccine. However, I will continue to do proper things as far as masking, social distancing and washing my hands,” said Pam McKay a certified Medical Assistant who has supported COVID-19 testing at Sadler since the start of the Pandemic. Pam who has worked at Sadler Health Center for over 15 years             was the first SHC employee to receive the vaccine.

In accordance with state and federal distribution guidelines for prioritizing who receives these limited vaccines, SHC was prepared to begin vaccinating its health care workers after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the Moderna product and CDC issued updated guidelines.

“Our employees are valuable and it’s important that we protect them,” said Manal El Harrak, Chief Executive Officer. “They have worked tirelessly on the frontline, taking care of the communities we serve, and supporting our community testing efforts. We appreciate the sacrifices they have made as we go forward.”

SHC is pleased to be among the first to receive the Moderna vaccines. The vaccination program for SHC’s health care workers is voluntary. Dr. Lakshmi Polovarapu, Family Physician and Director of Laboratory services states that, “While vaccines can protect individuals, vaccination as a public-health strategy protects a community. Every person who gets vaccinated is a small step toward herd immunity”. While the general public will not be able to receive vaccinations in this initial phase, the shots will be made available to the communities SHC serves as soon as possible.

Sadler Health Center

Serving nearly 10,000 patients per year, Sadler Health Center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavior health services at its facility in downtown Carlisle and dental care at its Perry County location.  With a history dating back nearly 100 years to 1921, Sadler Health Center has evolved over the decades and in 2015 was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center whose mission is to advance the health of our community by providing inclusive, high-quality, and compassionate care.   

 

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Sadler Health Center Completes Renovation Project in Carlisle

Sadler Health Center Completes Renovation Project in Carlisle

Community health center increases medical exam room capacity by 21%   

 CARLISLE, PA – Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its facilities in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today that it has completed a renovation project at its health center located at 100 North Hanover Street in Carlisle.  The project includes the addition of five exam rooms which increases examining capacity by 21%. 

By reconfiguring existing space in the health center, Sadler was able to add two labs and examination rooms, three of which are negative pressure rooms that will keep patients with infectious illnesses or patients who are susceptible to infections, safe and distanced from patients, visitors and healthcare staff.  The lower air pressure in the room allows outside air in while pushing existing air out of the room and through a filtration system. 

“As the cold weather months were approaching, it was important for us to take measures to isolate sick patients,” Manal El Harrak, Chief Executive Officer of Sadler Health Center, said. “Previously, testing for infectious diseases were conducted outside.  Now, we have the capability to offer sick patients a convenient and accessible vital service that will help decrease the added burden of these patients having to seek care at local emergency rooms.   This renovation project reflects our continued commitment to the safety of Sadler’s employees and valued patients,” she added. 

According to El Harrak, Sadler Health Center recently received a grant that also allowed the center to acquire and integrate Needle Point Bipolar Ionization technology into the renovation project.  The gold standard technology safely inactivates pathogens and cleans the air.  The industry leading ionization process from Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) effectively neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 and leads a 92.6% inactivation rate at 15 minutes, and 99.4% inactivation rate at 30 minutes virtually eliminating the virus from the air. 

“As we look forward to celebrating Sadler’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we remain committed to increasing access to integrated, high-quality and compassionate health care in a way that is as safe as possible for the communities we serve.  The expanded capacity this renovation project has provided will allow us to care for more patients in a safer environment during a global pandemic while providing a more convenient, enhanced and patient-centered experience,” El Harrak explained. 

Sadler Health Center

Serving nearly 10,000 patients per year, Sadler Health Center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavior health services at its facility in downtown Carlisle and dental care at its Perry County location.  With a history that goes back to the 1920’s, Sadler Health Center has evolved over the years and in 2015 was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center whose mission is to advance the health of our community by providing integrated, high-quality and compassionate care.   

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Sadler Health Center Becomes a Skilled Training and Development Site for Healthcare Professionals

Sadler Health Center Becomes a Skilled Training and Development Site for

Healthcare Professionals

 Posted on November 9, 2020

CARLISLE, PA – Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its centers in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today its partnership with the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA).  Sadler will provide hands-on, in-clinic experience to the NIMAA students enrolled in its Medical Assistant Training Program.

NIMAA (www.nimaa.org), a nonprofit education institute, trains Medical Assistants to work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care settings. NIMAA was created by community health centers to provide access to education and employment opportunities in the communities they serve, while addressing a critical workforce shortage.

NIMAA’s online program requires students to gain 240 hours of clinical experience at partnering externship organizations like Sadler.  The first group of three qualified candidates will begin the externship at Sadler in March 2021.  Sadler is the only site in Cumberland County and one of three in the state to accept NIMAA students.  Applications are available at www.nimaa.org and require a $25 non-refundable fee.  The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021. 

“As a community health center dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate and patient-centered care, we are offering new healthcare professionals a unique experience that combines skilled, hand-on training with oversight and support from experienced medical providers,” Manal El Harrak, Chief Executive Officer of Sadler Health Center, said.  “It’s not only important for us to care for our patients and enhance the health and well-being of our community, but to do so while cultivating the expertise and knowledge of those in our medical industry,” she added. 

In addition to the partnership with NIMAA, Sadler hosts medical students from the Penn State College of Medicine conducting their Health Equity Clerkship.  Also, Sadler has relationships with more than 15 different schools to support training for students doing pediatric rotations and fellowships in addiction medicine.  The dental providers at Sadler support Dental Assisting internships from local community colleges and Vo-Tech high schools. 

In support of Sadler’s philosophy to provide training and development opportunities for healthcare professionals, the community health center recently appointed Earth-Shameenah Barber, FNP-C, to its team of Family Nurse Practitioners.  Barber earned her Family Nurse Practitioner license in March 2020 from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

“I am honored to begin my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Sadler Health Center where I will be working alongside an exceptional team of medical providers who are committed to mentoring and supporting me as I work towards achieving my career goals,”  Barber explained.  “I look forward to utilizing my skills and talents to serve the community while gaining experience in a top-notch, primary care setting.”     

Sadler Health Center

Serving nearly 10,000 patients per year, Sadler Health Center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavior health services at its facility in downtown Carlisle and dental care at its Perry County location.  With a history dating back nearly 100 years to 1921, Sadler Health Center has evolved over the decades and in 2015 was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center whose mission is to advance the health of our community by providing inclusive, high-quality, and compassionate care.

Badge denoting Sadler Health Center as an NCQA Recognized Patient Centered Medical Home

Sadler Health Center REcognized as a National Clinical Quality Improver

CARLISLE, PA (October 21, 2020) – Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care,  behavioral health and support services at its centers in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today its recent national recognitions by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). 

Sadler was awarded a Quality Improvement Award (QIA) from HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.  QIAs are one-time grant supplements to recognize health center accomplishments in expanding access to care, improving care quality and outcomes, reducing health disparities, enhancing health information technology for quality improvement, and achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home status. 

According to HRSA’s website, the QIA awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.

“We are honored to receive a HRSA Quality Improvement Award recognizing our clinical quality performance in 2019,” Laurie Cross, Director of Quality and Risk Management at Sadler Health Center, said.  “This recognition will help us expand our clinical improvement initiatives, staff training, and enhancing health information technology in 2021.” 

Sadler earned the HRSA QIA for 2019 by demonstrating at least 15% improvement for each Clinical Quality Measure, advancing the use of information technology to support health care, and by maintaining its status as a Patient-Centered Medical Home determined by the NCQA, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health quality (www.ncqa.org).  The community health center was informed last month of its fulfillment of all requirements and successful renewal of its recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home which is effective through September 2021.   

“Our philosophy, which is focused on patient-centered, team-based, coordinated and accessible primary care, aligns with the Patient-Centered Medical Home model to put patients in the forefront of care,” Manal El Harrak, Chief Executive Officer of Sadler Health Center, explained.  “These national recognitions represent Sadler’s commitment to provide high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients as we strive to advance the overall health and wellness of our community,” she added.    

Tatiana Michura, FNP-BC

Accomplished Doctoral-Prepared Nurse Practitioner Joins Sadler Health Center

CARLISLE, PA (October 13, 2020) – Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its centers in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today the appointment of Tatiana Michura DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC to its team of providers.

“Dr. Michura joins Sadler as a Family Practice Provider offering high-quality and compassionate care to our patients at our downtown Carlisle location,” Manal El Harrak, Chief Executive Officer of Sadler Health Center, said.  “As a doctoral-prepared nurse practitioner, she will provide pediatric, wellness, geriatric and general family care to advance the overall health and wellness of our community.  Also, by recently meeting the rigorous requirements and training necessary to earn a license to prescribe medication used to combat addiction, Dr. Michura will serve patients in our medication-assisted treatment program,” she added. 

Spending most of her career in community health, Dr. Michura joins Sadler after serving several years at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan as a family nurse practitioner focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of chronic illnesses.  From 2017 to 2018, she was an adjunct faculty member at Muskegon Community College where she provided clinical instruction to nursing students in an acute care setting.  With many years of nursing experience, Dr. Michura has served in both school and hospital settings. 

“I look forward to addressing the health care needs of the community including those struggling with addiction,” Dr. Michura said.  “I am here to provide professional, comprehensive and quality care to all my patients and will focus on utilizing my experience in community health to help enhance the Carlisle region’s access to patient-centered health services.” 

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Dr. Michura earned a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner and most recently a Doctorate of Nursing Practice both from the University of Michigan.  She resides in Marysville with her husband, Daniel, and their two dogs.  Daniel and Tatiana enjoy traveling.   

 

Dr. Roderick Frazier, DDS

Distinguished Dentist Retires From Sadler After Nearly 20 Years Of Service

Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its facilities in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today that Roderick Frazier, DDS, former dental director and staff dentist, is planning to retire later this month after nearly 20 years at Sadler. 

Sadler Accepting New Patients for Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its centers in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today during the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Recovery Month that it is accepting new patients into its medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. 

Manal El Harrak, CEO

Interim CEO Appointed CEO of Sadler Health Center

Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and enabling services at its facilities in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, announced today that Manal El Harrak has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the organization’s Board of Directors.  El Harrak, who joined Sadler in March of 2015, served as the Interim CEO after spending several years as Chief Operating Officer.