PMG, Inc. is joining the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in celebrating the success of the Community Health Center program. Fifty years ago, a daring experiment in President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty led to the opening of the nation’s first Community Health Centers in Boston and the Mississippi Delta. Today, that pilot project has evolved into the largest and most successful primary healthcare system in the U.S. Health centers now serve more than 23 million Americans and save the nation’s healthcare system about $24 billion annually in reduced overall costs from hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
“PMG is a proud sponsor of the 50th Anniversary celebration of health centers and their historic legacy of saving lives,” said Robert B. Skeffington, PMG Vice-President and Co-Founder. “In marking this important milestone PMG supports the mission of health centers to provide high quality and affordable healthcare to people in need.”
With their inception, Community Health Centers not only formed the basis for quality primary care in America; they also began one of the most successful—and enduring—public-private partnerships in U.S. history. To this day, health centers remain small, not-for-profit businesses operated by patient-majority governing boards that meet local healthcare needs. Every dollar invested in health centers means a return on the investment, with more lives saved, reduced healthcare costs and more jobs.