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Hilltop Community Healthcare Center helps its 1000th patient


February 14, 2006

If three is a lucky number, the Hilltop section of South Pittsburgh is truly ready to celebrate.

First, the Hilltop Community Healthcare Center (HCHC) welcomed patient number 1000 last week. Eugene Carter, is the third in a three generation trio. His daughter, Sheena Timbers, and his grandson, Maurice, had been seen previously by Dr. Alison O'Brien, a family practice physician, and Dr. Amy Nevin-Martin, a pediatrician. These two providers have been at the Health Center since it opened on November 3, 2004.

The HCHC, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), and a satellite of the Sto-Rox Family Health Center in McKees Rocks, is the first stage in the realization of a dream of the Beltzhoover Citizens Community Development Corporation (BCCDC). It was under the guidance of Malcolm Taylor, the consultant for this group, that the temporary modular came into being at 317 Climax Street in Beltzhoover.

Along with the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, other funding sources were the Birmingham Foundation, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Other services are provided by Dr. Dan Garner, dental care; Dr. Roger Rooth, foot care; Dr. Leslie Lehman, from Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, counseling.

Clinical and clerical support are provided by Arlene Felicion, R.N., Beverly Hinzman, R.N., Judy Wipkowski, R.N., Sandra Richardson, M.A., Joanne Broadus, and LaTaia Trischler. Space is limited, but the care, compassion, and commitment of the staff is not.

The second piece of good news is the appointment of Arlene Felicion as the site manager. Arlene, an R.N. for 11 years, is well known in South Pittsburgh as a community assessment nurse and supervisor for Elder-ado. Ms. Felicion's organizational, listening, team building and supervisory skills are a tremendous asset in her new role at the center.

The temporary site is bursting at the seams, but now Hilltop is moving into the future. The BCCDC's dream is being moved toward a bigger reality - a Community Center - which will house, not only the health care, but a variety of other services and programs, designed to meet the needs of the residents of Beltzhoover and the surrounding neighborhoods.

With funding from the Birmingham Foundation, Maureen Hogan has been hired as a consultant to move this project forward. Ms. Hogan will be meeting with local groups, organizations, churches to hear what they have to say about what is and what they think should be. Several meetings will be held which will be open to all interested residents.


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