CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center Inc. officially opened the second stage of their four-stage partnership on Friday, May 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of La Red Health Center’s satellite site at CHEER’s Pelican Cove Activity Center in the Shoppes at Long Neck.
The two agencies entered into a partnership in 2017 to make health care more accessible to Sussex Countians by opening satellite sites to deliver health care services at CHEER activity centers in the county. The first one opened in August 2017 in Ocean View. Two more satellite sites will soon open at CHEER’s Milton and Greenwood activity centers.
On hand to assist in the ribbon-cutting ceremony was U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who said that everyone needs to have access to health care. In describing the team work of CHEER and La Red Health Center, he said, “Sussex County has tied our ropes together to accomplish better health care.”
State Rep. Ruth Briggs King commended the two agencies for giving back to the community time and time again.
“They have built a system of networking to provide services where needed and when needed, and to do so with respect and dignity to their clients,” she said.
State Rep. Rich Collins told the gathering of officials and senior citizens that the federal government has designated Sussex County as a problem area for health care.
“We have the second highest percentage of senior citizens in the nation,” he said of the area’s population.
In response to that statistic, La Red Health Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Olson assured the group that La Red Health Center is working to be sure their patients receive proper health care.
“But in order to do that, we needed to take our services out into the community,” Olson said, referring to the CHEER satellite clinical sites. With the opening of the Long Neck location, La Red Health Center now has seven clinical sites in Sussex County.
In closing the ceremony, CHEER Chief Executive Officer Ken Bock reminded everyone that CHEER’s mission is about keeping senior citizens active and healthy in their communities.
“This is a natural partnership,” Bock said. “We are looking forward to opening La Red Health Center satellite sites at Milton and Greenwood very soon.”
Health care services at Long Neck will be handled by La Red Health Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fabricio Alarcon, and board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) Claudia Pierce.
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Pictured, from left, are: front row, LRHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fabricio Alarcon, LRHC Board Member Chris Sadowski, state Rep. Rich Collins, CHEER Chief Operating Officer Beckett Wheatley, LRHC Chief Executive Officer Brian Olson, LRHD Board President Prue Albright, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, CHEER Chief Executive Officer Ken Bock, state Rep. Ruth Briggs King, CHEER Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Westen, CHEER Board Member Diaz Bonville, CHEER Board Vice President Walt Koopman, CHEER Nutrition Director Florence Mason, and Long Neck CHEER Center Director Nancy Dodd; back row, several supporting members of the community, as well as members of the CHEER and LRHC staff.