It’s National Health Center Week! Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s federally qualified health centers over the past five decades. Health centers serve 27 million patients. In addition to our long history as health care homes, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health.
This year, we are celebrating our incredible health care heroes – individuals who live and breathe the health center mission and exceed the call of duty to support health centers in providing quality health care for patients in the community. You can vote for your Healthcare Hero here. We hope to see you at our celebration on August 18th from 12-3pm in the SCHC parking lot to see the winner announced!
Bill Price, Bill Price Broadcasting/WLOU & WLLV – Community Partner Organization Nomination
Bill Price in an iconic figure in Louisville’s broadcasting business. In 2018, Mr. Price’s broadcasting company acquired WLOU and WLLV. These radio stations can be heard across Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana. Mr. Price has spent over 40 years developing programming and local radio talent. He started as an intern and worked his way up to working full-time and hosting a morning show. He soon became one of the youngest Program Directors in the country. In addition to owning his own broadcasting company, Mr. Price previously worked at Clear Channel, Cox Broadcasting, Blue Chip Radio, Johnson Communications and Anchor Radio. WLOU won the Stellar Award for National Mid-Market Station of the Year in 2012. WLOU shares Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center’s Health Minutes. We appreciate the role Mr. Price plays in helping us share messages about improving health.
Yvonne McCoy, SCHC Board Member and Executive Director of Oasis Retreat and Wellness Center – Board Member Nomination
Rev. Yvonne McCoy has more than 30 years of experience in holistic health and wellness. Her Integrative Medicine practice, “The Transformation Institute”, provides Holistic Healing Sessions that attends to the whole person, mind, body, soul and spirit. Natural healing methods are integrated with conventional medicine practices to produce the greatest outcome for the people she serves. Some of the modalities included in a healing session are prayer, counseling, healing touch and essential oils. All modalities are biblically-based and Christ-centered. Mrs. McCoy is also the founder and executive director for Oasis Retreat and Wellness Center, a Non-Profit Ministry where retreats are provided for women who have been or are being abused to receive emotional healing. She is a retired Hospital Chaplain from Norton Healthcare. Rev. McCoy currently serves as an Associate Minister at the Third Central United Christian Church where she is the Director of the Holistic Health and Wellness Ministry. Yvonne has actively served as a Board Member of Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center for more than two years. Yvonne shares SCHC’s whole person care approach, and we are so blessed to have her as a board member.
Evelyn Spurley, Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church – Individual Community Partner Nomination
While Evelyn Spurley claims to be retired, you’d never know it! Ms. Spurley retired from JCPS where she worked as a Student Support Personnel at Shawnee High School. In her role, she worked with families and judges in the truancy court. In her retirement, Ms. Spurley is an active member of Portland Church where she serves as an usher and youth team member. She is a proud member of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and has worked closely with Councilwoman Cheri Hamilton since her induction. Ms. Spurley has worked to increase health care screenings by promoting the services of SCHC, bringing a Norton mobile unit to provide mammograms, and starting a heart program for youth and adults that brings awareness for the importance of life savings skills. In her words “God has plans for me to do his will.” Thank you, for helping us serve God, and serve our community.
Emily Beauregard, Executive Director, Kentucky Voices for Health – State Advocacy Partner Nomination
Emily Beauregard became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Ms. Beauregard served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association and as the Health Planner and Refugee Health Coordinator for Family Health Centers. Throughout her career, Emily has been a tireless advocate for increasing access to healthcare. Her health advocacy efforts are both local and national. Most recently, Kentucky Voices for Health has been a key player in advocacy efforts focused on maintaining Medicaid benefits without barriers including reinstating dental, vision, and non-emergency transportation benefits. Emily, thank you for helping us to maintain and expand access to health care services for all Kentuckians.
Misty Aviles, Clinical Coordinator – SCHC Staff Nomination
Misty Aviles is the Clinical Coordinator at Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center. She has worked at Shawnee for nearly two years and has been an incredible asset to our team. Prior to working at SCHC, Misty worked in emergency healthcare starting as an EMT, then moving to the hospital as an emergency room tech before getting her nursing degree. Misty transitioned to primary care because she wanted to be able to spend more time with patients and to connect with them. Misty began at SCHC as the Nursing Supervisor before transitioning to her current role. Misty told us that “It is truly fulfilling when I am able to help or advocate for our patients. I love working with our healthcare team and being able to see caregivers and staff that truly care be involved with our patients care and wellbeing.” This attitude and her dedication to her work make Misty an incredible asset to your SCHC health team.
Pastor Steve Ensley, Redeemer Lutheran Church- Faith Community Partner Organization Nomination
Pastor Steve Ensley has been the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Shawnee neighborhood for four years. He has a heart for serving people in our neighborhood and community and embodies Redeemer’s mission statement, which is “A People Growing in Christ – Joyfully Serving”. Prior to his time at Redeemer, Pastor Ensley was a pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne Indiana. He attended Seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana. Pastor Ensley and his wife Terrie, have three children, and five grandchildren. SCHC patients might be familiar with Pastor Ensley. He has volunteered in SCHC’s prayer room most every Thursday for the past 2 years. As a volunteer in the prayer room, he is available to pray with patients directly and he also makes calls to SCHC patients who have left their prayer requests. Pastor Ensley, thank you for helping us fulfill our mission to serve God and serve people.
Joan Blincoe – SCHC Volunteer Nomination
Joan Blincoe is a devoted volunteer with SCHC. Each week since January, Joan has volunteered her time and energy to helping SCHC and the patients we serve. Joan is the mother of two sons who spent the last 20 to 30 years taking care of her family, working as a nurse, and being a caretaker for her elderly parents. The last two years brought a lot of changes for Joan with the passing of her parents and her sons moving away, and Joan felt called to serve God and those he loves. The staff here is so happy that God led you to serve at SCHC. During her time as a volunteer, Joan has made patient calls, assisted with triage and helped assist staff in countless ways. Joan, as a member of our team, you have helped to ensure that we provide high quality care for our community. While you said you have been changed and blessed during your time at Shawnee, we have also been changed and blessed to have you as a volunteer.