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Western Wayne Family Health Center -- Taylor Dedication Ceremony Marks Important Step in Providing Healthcare to Underinsured and Uninsured
Date:7/27/2009

s instrumental in bringing the WWFHC to the community, and today she acknowledged the efforts of those who worked to make this valuable resource a reality.

"Michigan's healthcare centers are a lifeline for families without health insurance," said Sen. Stabenow. "I was proud to work with Oakwood Healthcare System and its community partners in leading the federal effort to obtain this critical funding, and I look forward to seeing the positive effects this facility will have for children and families in Taylor and the surrounding communities."

Research shows 52 percent of the population living in the WWFHC service area are either uninsured or rely on federal programs for coverage. More than 38 percent live below the federal poverty level.

"The Western Wayne Family Health Center Taylor will go a long way toward ensuring that individuals in the Taylor community and other surrounding areas have access to quality primary health care services," said Mayor Priebe. "This is an important form of delivering needed medical care to the uninsured and underinsured before their maladies require a trip to the emergency room."

Studies show these residents are also at high risk for a number of diseases and health problems including cancer, coronary heart disease and low birth weight babies -- specialty services that can be addressed through the partnership with OHS.

"Oakwood is proud to continue to partner with the Western Wayne Family Health Centers to provide necessary medical care to our neighbors," said Brian Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.

"The Western Wayne Family Health Centers are easily accessible, and close to Oakwood Heritage and Oakwood Annapolis Hospitals should the need for more advanced medical intervention or specialty services arise," said Connolly. "The Oakwood System has played a role with the creation and openings of these cl
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