Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman presents a Certificate of Appreciation to staff members of the Cornerstone Care Community Dental and Behavioral Health Center in Waynesburg during the center’s Patient Appreciation Open House event on Aug. 17.

Greene County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Appreciation to staff members of the Cornerstone Care Community Dental and Behavioral Health Center in Waynesburg during the center’s recent Patient Appreciation Open House event.

The Open House, held on Aug. 17, was hosted by Cornerstone Care Community Health Centers to commemorate National Health Center Week 2018, as well as Cornerstone Care’s 40th anniversary.

These events were part of a national campaign during the week of Aug. 12-18 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

The Open House held at Cornerstone Care Community Dental and Behavioral Health Center — which is located at 501 W. High St. in Waynesburg — featured a wide array of giveaways and prizes, activities and games, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, superhero costume and coloring contests, face-painting, free concessions and much more.

To coincide with the event’s theme of “Celebrating America’s Health Care Heroes,” staff members and youths attending the event were encouraged to dress up as famous superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Superman, Spider Man and others.

During the event, Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, representing the Board of Commissioners, presented staff members with the certificate and recognized the health center for its contributions to providing quality health services to local residents.

“We are very appreciative of the many wonderful services that are provided here, and we recognize these ‘heroes’ who work here — and in all health centers — for all that they do for our communities,” Zimmerman said. “And, we especially congratulate Cornerstone Care for achieving the impressive milestone of celebrating 40 years, which is fitting because it coincides with National Health Center Week.”

The goal of National Health Center Week is to raise awareness about America’s health centers and their dedicated staff who help make affordable health care possible.

Sarah DeCarlo, who serves as Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator and representative in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg for any legislative action that affects community health centers, staff and patients’ care, planned the Aug. 17 event. She said the celebration was truly a community event.

“National Health Center Week gives us an opportunity to showcase the quality health care that Community Health Centers like Cornerstone Care and thousands like us across the country provides year-round,” she said. “It also gives us a chance to give back to our communities and our patients. We really embraced this year’s theme so we couldn’t wait to host our Superhero Open House. It’s just been such a joy to see how much fun the kids are having today. Who doesn’t love Superheroes?”

Cornerstone Care is a non-profit network of community health centers serving southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia with a mission to improve the health of their patients and of the residents of local communities, with a special concern for the underserved.

The agency provides a broad range of primary health care available to everyone in the community regardless of ability to pay, insurance status, economic status or other personal characteristics.

Cornerstone Care has locations in Waynesburg, Mt. Morris, Greensboro and Rogersville and provides a wide array of services such as primary care, dental, behavioral health, and pediatrics. They also have a Mobile Unit that travels to areas throughout Fayette, Washington and Greene counties providing medical and dental care to neighboring communities.

This article was first published on the Green County Messenger on September 7, 2018.