Minutes from June 7, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Open Board of Directors

San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present: Don Averill, Carole Beswick, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Dick Hart, Neil Macready, Charlie Ng, Bruce Satzger, Christina Bivona-Tellez and Phil Waller.

Guests: Robbie Broedow, Nathan Miller and Stephen Wall

Announcements: 1) The Countywide Vision project will be featured at the SANBAG General Assembly Reception that will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Maloof Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga.  Inland Action members are encouraged to attend.  Please Rsvp to Nicole Desmond (949) 244-5946 or by e-mail Nicole@biabuild.com 2) The newly designed Inland Action web site will go “live” by Friday, June 10th.  Members were asked to supply photos of their respective business’ and of the general area to be considered for the site.  3) The redistricting ad hoc committee is having continued dialog with the Monday Morning Group.  They are creating a coalition of support for more representation for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

M/S/P: Minutes of the May 31, 2011 meeting

Dr Richard Hart introduced Cynthia Rollins, CFO; Holly Yonemoto, Vice President; Dr. Ken Hart, Medical Director; Kent Paxton, Office of Mayor Morris and Ann Atkinson, SACHS Board Member.

The Social Active Community Health System (SACHS) began in the 1960s through the benevolent efforts of Loma Linda University and Medical Center staff and students.  In 1995 they were able to utilize the vacant 3rd Street location (part of the former Norton Air Force Base) and received the existing dental chairs and equipment left in place by the Air Force.  They currently have three Community Health Clinics within the City of San Bernardino and are a 501©(3) not for profit facility.

The services provided by SACHS include Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Dental Services, Pharmacy Services, Health Education & Prevention and Allied Health Services.  They serve approximately 35,000 patient visits annually of which 50-60% are uninsured and do not qualify for Medi-Cal.  Virtually all of their Patients are at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below.  The need for San Bernardino County is great with 28% of our residents living below the poverty level (compared to 14% State wide) and some 40% of the population receiving some form of public assistance.

Services at SACHS are not free as is commonly thought.  In addition to coverage that comes from Medi-Cal, Medicare, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, IEHP, Molina, Risk Management and Blue Shield they provide a Sliding Fee Scale where patients pay minimal amounts based on income.  They screen, qualify, and match patients to available state and county programs such as CDP – Cancer Detection Program, CHDP – Child Health Disability Program, CPSP – Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program, Family PACT – Planning, Access, Care and Treatment and MAPS – Medication Assistance Program.

The primary care areas include; Adult & Pediatric Care, Physicals & Immunizations, Laboratory Services, OB/Well Woman Care, Well Baby Care, Sick Visits, Disease Management, Nutrition & Health Education, Diabetes, Hypertension, & Weight Management, Pharmaceutical Services and SACHS Student Community Clinic

Committed to whole person healthcare they have behavioral health assistance in marriage & family counseling, individual therapy, couples, family, & group therapy, drug and alcohol treatment.

SACHS also provides dental services in Periodontal & Preventive, Restorative & Cosmetic, Root Canal Therapy, Crowns, Bridges, & Dentures, HIV/AIDS Specialized Care.  They have the largest HIV/AIDS Clinic in the State.

This year they applied to be a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHA).  This designation is for community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary care and preventive care, including healthoral, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.

Federal designation for Community Health Centers under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act

Would provide SACHS two major benefits:

· Additional funding through increased reimbursement rates and federal grant funding sources

  • · Ability to serve more people in need by expanding programs and services

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.

Tours of the SACHS facility followed.