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December 9, 2019

Fetter Makes Strides in Diabetes Management with Interprofessional Approach

Fetter Health Care Network has implemented programs and brought on new staff within the past year to specifically address the growing diabetes epidemic in South Carolina. Through patient treatment combined with educational health opportunities, Fetter has seen positive change in the lives of its diabetic patients. The health care provider’s interprofessional approach combines pharmaceutical knowledge and dietician support to help patients with diabetes live a happier and healthier life.

In 2018, Fetter established a partnership with the MUSC College of Pharmacy to allow a Pharm-D professor, who is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), to facilitate Pharm-D students who are in their Clinical Medicine rotation to perform medication reviews. These reviews allowed the students to consult with Fetter’s providers and make pharmaceutical recommendations based on the most updated evidence-based guidelines on all uncontrolled diabetic patients.

Fetter set up its care approach so that any patient with a hemoglobin A1c over 9% (which represents significantly uncontrolled diabetes), is automatically referred to the Pharm-D/CDE for one-on-one diabetes education sessions. After seeing the benefit of these efforts in late 2018, Fetter decided to hire a full-time Pharm-D/CDE. This new staff member now provides care for patients at Fetter’s busiest health center in downtown Charleston, while the partnering MUSC team sees patients at all other locations. Fetter’s team also uses Telehealth technology to accommodate the large number of patients who are referred to the program at its satellite sites.

In addition to hiring clinical pharmacists who are also diabetes educators, Fetter recruited a registered dietician to its team. This team member works alongside patients with diabetes, obesity, hypertension and chronic kidney disease to educate them on health and wellness while also forming specific dietary plans to meet their needs.

In the summer of 2019, Fetter formed a partnership with Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG) to provide a mobile farmers market to its patients and facilitate a 6-week educational course. LSG sets up its mobile farmers market at Fetter’s Charleston Family Health Center every Wednesday, providing healthy food options for patients at an affordable cost. LSG also gives $10 in produce for every $5 a patient spends on their EBT card. Patients in Fetter’s 6-week course also receive a $20 food voucher for each class they attend.

Fetter truly understands the importance of an interprofessional approach to chronic conditions and has made efforts to employ a variety of medical specialists as well as form partnerships with other community agencies to address conditions such as obesity and diabetes. As a result of these initiatives, Fetter has improved its diabetes-related UDS measure (standardized reporting used by community health centers) from having 35% of diabetics uncontrolled in 2018 to only having 30% of patients uncontrolled as of August 2019. If this trend continues, Fetter anticipates that less than 30% of diabetic patients will be uncontrolled by the end of 2019, a number that is significantly better than the state average of 35%.

To find out if you could qualify for Fetter’s educational programs offered to diabetic patients, schedule an appointment today.


October 9, 2019

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Visits Fetter Health Care Network

Charleston, SC – Fetter Health Care Network will hosted Eric D. Hargan, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 51 Nassau St. in Charleston. Hargan joined members from Fetter’s team for a round table, discussing the Federally Qualified Health Center’s (FQHC) role in combatting the opioid crisis and HIV epidemic here in the Lowcountry and how FQHCs are tackling these issues throughout the U.S.

“We were honored to welcome Deputy Secretary Hargan to our headquarters here in Charleston,” said Aretha R. Jones, CEO of Fetter Health Care Network. “We’re grateful that Mr. Hargan values the FQHC’s throughout our country and that he sees that vital role that they play in caring for America citizens. Our team was thrilled to host him here in the Lowcountry and discuss the top issues relating to healthcare that we face today.”

As Deputy Secretary of HHS, Hargan serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest department in the federal government, leading over 80,000 employees across 26 divisions. He was sworn into his position on Oct. 6, 2017 and served as Acting Secretary of HHS from October 2017 to January 2018. Hargan is now responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development.

Fetter Health Care Network is a FQHC that has been serving the Lowcountry for more than 50 years, providing care in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties in more than 20 different sites. Fetter is a chartered 501(c)3 nonprofit and is a recognized NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home. To learn more about Fetter Health Care Network, visit FetterHealthCare.org

About Fetter Health Care Network
Fetter Health Care Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) chartered as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the State of South Carolina in 1975. They provide comprehensive services for insured, uninsured and underserved residents in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties. Today, Fetter Health Care Network has more than 20 different sites, a dental practice, mobile dental unit, medical labs and three pharmacies.


August 9, 2019

Fetter Health Care Network Celebrates National Health Center Week

Charleston, SC – Fetter Health Care Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving communities throughout the Lowcountry, will participate in National Health Center Week from Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9. Each day will hold a special celebration to honor themes like Children’s Health Day, Patient Appreciation Day and more.

This annual week-long event is hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network and seeks to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers. This year’s theme for National Health Center Week is America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities.

“We’re proud to celebrate National Health Center Week with events throughout our communities and health centers,” said Aretha R. Jones, CEO of Fetter Health Care Network. “This week, we will reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.”

The schedule of events for Fetter Health Care Network’s celebration includes:

      Monday, August 5 – Patient Appreciation Day
      Tuesday, August 6 – Children’s Health Day
      Wednesday, August 7 – Community Partners Appreciation Day
      Thursday, August 8 – Health and Wellness Day
      Friday, August 9 – Health Center Staff Appreciation Day

Fetter will also be joined by community partners and representatives throughout the week including Representative David Mack at its downtown Charleston Health Center (51 Nassau Street, Charleston, SC) on Monday, August 5 at 1 p.m. and Representative Joe Jefferson at its Elijah Wright Health Center (1681 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC) on Wednesday, August 7 at 12:30 p.m.

To learn more about how you can participate, please call (843) 722-4112 or email info@fetterhealthcare.org.

About Fetter Health Care Network
Fetter Health Care Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) chartered as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the State of South Carolina in 1975. They provide comprehensive services for insured, uninsured and underserved residents in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties. Today, Fetter Health Care Network has more than 20 different sites, a dental practice, mobile dental unit, medical labs and three pharmacies.


 

Fetter Health Care Network is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center receives HHS funding and has federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

 

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© Copyright Fetter Health Care Network | 2020

51 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403 Phone 843-722-4112

Fetter Health Care Network is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center receives HHS funding and has federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

© Copyright Fetter Health Care Network | 2020