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A Day in the Life of Our Pediatric Clinic
He walks along with his mother, but has to stop to cough. He is three years old and the cough is much worse today. His mother scoops him up in her arms as she walks a little faster. Her hand brushes his forehead as she walks through the door of Arlandria Health Center for Children.
It is a winter Monday morning and the waiting room is crowded with crying babies and toddlers sitting on parents’ laps...
From the moment our clinics open every morning to when the last patient leaves at night, we see your investment in ANHSI at work in the lives of the children and adults we serve. Our patients’ stories illustrate how much your donations matter.
Jose, a 4 week-old baby, was vomiting frequently and failing to thrive. He had been seen at the emergency room multiple times and endured numerous lab tests and x-rays with no diagnosis. Our pediatrician suspected a milk allergy and treated him for that. We provided Jose’s mother with guidance and support and Jose got better. He stopped vomiting, has gained weight, and is now a healthy baby.
Rose, a young African-American woman, came to our health center 37 weeks pregnant. Her hands
and feet were quite swollen and she felt terrible. Our nurse practitioner evaluated her and found that
Rose had dangerously elevated blood pressure and other serious symptoms. Rose had pre-eclampsia,
threatening the health of both the mother and unborn child. Our nurse practitioner counseled Rose
and arranged for the paramedics to take her to the hospital immediately, where labor was induced
and she gave birth to a healthy baby. Rose returned for a post-partum exam and her baby is now
Mrs. Smith, a 53-year-old Caucasian woman, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She lost her job and her health insurance this year. When she called us she had run out of her critical
medications because she could not afford to buy them. When Mrs. Smith came for her
medical appointment, her breathing was so labored that even walking was impossible for her. ANHSI
These are just a few examples of the problems that our patients are dealing with when they come in seeking care and the impact we have on their health. Times of economic hardship magnify the need for ANHSI’s services to safeguard our community’s health.
The ongoing generosity of friends like you enables us to uphold our commitment to our mission
under any circumstances. On behalf of all of us at ANHSI and our patients, we thank you for partnering
Gene Kendall, Jr.
Greetings! Because of your generous and ongoing support, ANHSI continues to fulfill its mission to provide accessible, coordinated, community based primary health care, including behavioral health and oral health, to people in Alexandria and surrounding communities.
However, if you combine the effects of a recession with our open door policy, the demand for our services has never been higher, frequently exceeding our capacity.
In CY2012, 13,057 patients received primary health care; of these, 10,065 were adults and 2,992 were patients under 20 years of age. Of those under 20, 1,263 were children under 5. A total of 46,948 health care visits were held at the health center in CY 2012.
Every day at Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., we are reminded of the power of collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goals-far beyond what any single individual or organization might accomplish. Read more about A Day in the Life of a Pediatric Nurse.
In everything we do, there remains one essential partner- and this is YOU - our loyal ANHSI friends and supporters. We thank you for being a vital part of our team!
We invite you to help us provide a medical home for the growing number of families in need of health care! Your gift offers hope, strengthens ANHSI as a medical home and helps to build a healthy community for all!
Gene Kendall, Jr., Board President
Who we are:
Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (ANHSI), a 501(c) (3)
not-for-profit organization, manages the Arlandria Health Center to address
the health and human service needs of families who are low-income and
uninsured or underinsured in Alexandria and surrounding communities.
Dear Friends and Visitors of ANHSI’s Web Site:
Access to affordable health care is Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.’s (ANHSI) reason for being. Our Arlandria Health Center is the only “open access” facility in Northern Virginia where everyone is welcome regardless of age, ethnic background, insurance status, residence or ability to pay. The majority of our clients are low-income and uninsured (93% of adults, 47% of children).
We are also seeing an increasing number of longtime community residents who have no health insurance, either because they are (1) unemployed; (2) working and underinsured; or (3) working but unable to afford insurance. Our patients also include young and middle age professionals who suddenly lose their jobs and older adults with no or inadequate insurance.
We are the health care safety net for the majority of these families and individuals who have no other health care options and who otherwise would seek care through the emergency rooms, or go without entirely. Over 11,000 individuals now call ANHSI their health care home, and new patients walk in and call every day. Many of these individuals have no other health care options, and our Health Center is their only, and trusted, medical home.
At the Arlandria Health Center we provide comprehensive pediatric, women’s health and adult medicine services that meet the highest standards of care. Medical services include illness prevention and wellness care, management of acute and chronic illnesses, dental services, and access to discounted and free medications. Equally important, we are able to attend to many non-medical needs by providing counseling, case management, enrollment in child health insurance, and access to basic needs such as food, shelter and transportation.
Our new and expanded facility at 2 East Glebe Road in Alexandria allowed us to add eight exam rooms, several nursing stations, an ample reception area, a lab service area and a small conference room. The Adult Medicine and Women’s Health Programs have been fully functioning in the new space for the past year. Our Pediatric Program located at the original location at 3804 Executive Avenue is currently undergoing a long-deserved renovation.
Sixty percent (60%) of adult patients and 35% of children come to us with undiagnosed or long neglected chronic illnesses. Meeting the health care needs of a highly uninsured community with a prevalence of chronic illness creates major financial and other resource challenges for our organization. Additional health care providers, labs and diagnostic tests, medication assistance, medical supplies, and other associated costs are met by contributions from the community − caring individuals and families like you.
We would be happy to arrange a tour of the Arlandria Health Center at your convenience or send you a CD with visual graphics of the Health Center and information about our services and the children, women and men we serve.
P.S. Feel free to contact Executive Director, Martha Wooten, at (703) 535-5568, Ext. 1010, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Nyrma Hernandez, our Development Director, at (703) 360-4387 or at email@example.com.
ANHSI in the news!
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, ANHSI’s staff physician Dr. Basim Khan provides insight on what the Medicaid expansion means for many of our patients – the working poor who are without insurance. Under the ACA, states are given federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to all individuals making up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level ($25,390/yr for family of 3). This expansion would provide insurance for upto 400,000 uninsured Virginians including many of our patients. Read More.
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