BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES INC

aka Blue Ridge Health   |   Hendersonville, NC   |  www.brchs.com

Mission

Providing quality healthcare that is accessible and affordable to all.

Ruling year info

1969

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Richard Hudspeth

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brain Morton

Main address

220 5th Ave E

Hendersonville, NC 28792 USA

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EIN

56-0794933

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Blue Ridge Health seeks to provide quality affordable health care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Medicine

The health of our patients is our top priority. BRCHS provides primary and preventive healthcare services, including treatment of acute illnesses; management of chronic illnesses; annual physical exams and immunizations for children and adults; pap smears; perinatal care; as well as laboratory, x-ray and dietician services.
By choosing BRCHS as a permanent medical home, patients have their own dedicated, board-certified physician along with a medical team designed to support the patient’s health goals and keep them on the path to wellness. Patients can also access other BRCHS services such as dental, behavioral health and pharmacy, making our health centers a one-stop shop of truly integrated care.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Migrant workers

Oral health services are a critical component in keeping our patients healthy. Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life. In many cases, the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. More than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning dental providers may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem.
Through providing comprehensive dental services, BRCHS was able to increase awareness of the importance of oral health, help patients adopt preventive dental plans and offer access to those most in need in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Access to behavioral health care remains a challenge throughout the state of North Carolina and the counties we serve. Many private behavioral health providers do not accept the uninsured. As a result, BRCHS is one of the only safety net providers for patients with behavioral health issues.
BRCHS offers a complete range of support groups and individual counseling services. Our board-certified psychiatrists and skilled counselors work together with medical providers to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions from anxiety and depression to addiction. Both of our psychiatrists specialize in addiction treatment, with one specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In the past, many BRCHS patients faced very real barriers to accessing medications. Those barriers included affordability, distance to a pharmacy, transportation and language. Today, all BRCHS patients have access to pharmacy services at all eight locations. And, patients at Blue Ridge Health Center are able to obtain their prescription at the same time and place as their medical visit, which helps improve adherence to medication treatment plans. Having an in-house pharmacy also improves the overall quality of our health services with pharmacists and medical, dental and behavioral health providers available to consult immediately with one another if there is a question or issue with a treatment plan. Additionally, patients have access to medications through the 340B discounted drug program. This program allows BRCHS purchase outpatient drugs at discounted prices.

Population(s) Served
Adults

School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) have become an important method of health care delivery for over 2,000 children in Henderson County. They create an environment of service coordination and collaboration that addresses the health needs and well-being of students with health disparities or poor access to health care services, effectively establishing a medical and behavioral health practice within school walls.
Many children in Henderson County schools have barriers to receiving basic health care which include poverty, lack of insurance, lack of transportation and language barriers. These children also come from families where the parents are also not insured and little emphasis can be placed on preventive health care due to this lack of coverage. Medical attention is often only sought in a crisis situation, which many times could have been avoided with access to primary care.
SBHCs are the result of a collaboration between BRCHS and Henderson County Public Schools. The school system provides the physical space for the centers and BRCHS provides comprehensive nursing, medical, behavioral health and nutrition services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As a Community Health Center, we are committed to making affordable health care accessible for all of our neighbors. Our outreach services are designed to meet you where you need us – at home, at work or in the community. BRCHS offers: Health education, Health screenings, Interpreting and translation, Case management, Referrals, Assistance accessing community resources.
A great example of our commitment to reaching out to those most in need in our region is Clínica en el Campo (Clinic in the Field) a mobile clinic specifically for Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers. This collaboration brings health screenings, BRCHS medical and dental providers along with medical residents and pharmacy services to farm worker housing locations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GOAL 1: BRCHS supports and partners with its employees to become an “Employer of Choice".
GOAL 2: BRCHS provides safe, efficient, high-quality patient centered services at every point of care. GOAL 3: Maintain cash reserve at 90 days through effective cost and cash management systems.
GOAL 4: BRCHS is recognized as a preferred provider of affordable, quality care that attracts patients as well as community stakeholders.
GOAL 5: BRCHS uses a systematic approach to business development for expansion to new geographic areas, new access points, and new and expanded service lines.

GOAL 1
Recruit a professional workforce.
Retain a professional workforce.

GOAL 2 Increase quality and quantity of patient education at every point of care.
Implement consistent measurement and communication of quality outcomes.
Improve accessibility for all patients across all service lines.
Improve integration of care and timely coordination within service lines.

GOAL 3
Maintain cash reserve at 90 days through effective cost and cash management systems.
Optimize collections, including point of sale, insurance, and other accounts receivable.
Develop a immediate financial action plan to maintain programs in the event there are significant revenue reductions in grants, patient revenue, or other outside sources
Improve financial viability of all service lines.
GOAL 4
Increase community's awareness of BRCHS services.
Develop brand recognition in the community that is synonymous with quality people and programs in health care.
Develop a strong community health advocacy network.
Engage regional and local philanthropic stakeholders.
GOAL 5
Develop a systematic approach to the development of new service lines.
Expand services in western North Carolina counties.

Leadership Team Meets weekly for a strategy discussion that includes a items as they relate to the strategic plan. Through these meetings and status checks with staff directors progress is tracked. At the end of each fiscal year staff directors and the leadership teams performance is measured with the strategic plan in mind. In addition to satisy the Federal Grant requirements specific measures must be tracked. We do this through the UDS. The Uniform Data System (UDS) is a standardized reporting system that provides consistent information about health centers.
The UDS includes:
■ The number and socio-demographic
characteristics of people served.

■ Types and quantities of services provided.
■ Counts of staff who provide these services.
■ Information about the quality of care
provided to patients.

■ Cost and efficiency data relative to the

delivery of services.

■ Sources and amounts of health center
income.

Blue Ridge Health currently has 19 practice locations in 8 western North Carolina counties with plans to expand into one additional county in 2021.

Across all service lines in 2020 Blue Ridge Health provided care through 186,926 patients visits to 42,537 individual patients. With the addition of a minimum of 2 additional sites planned for 2021 this number will continue to grow.

Service lines include family medicine, pediatric medicine, dentistry, mobile dental, behavioral health, substance abuse disorder counseling, pharmacy, school based health, nutrition, pregnancy care, patient navigation, and health education and outreach.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES INC

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr.. Josh Kennedy

Polk County DHHS

Term: 2020 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data