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City of Hattiesburg Moves to Beef up Health Care in Mississippi

Mayor Johnny DuPree Proclaims August 8-12 as National Health Center Week

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg is continuing efforts to provide premium health care to people of all economic backgrounds living in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas by proclaiming the week of August 8-12 “National Health Center Week.” 

A proclamation ceremony was held Wednesday at The Kaye Ray Medical Complex (Hattiesburg Family Health Center). Geroldean Dyse, interim CEO of Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., said community health centers across the state play a key role in providing health care to uninsured and medically underserved people across the state.

“The need for community health centers has never been greater,” said Dyse.  “Throughout our 14 sites, located in and around the Hattiesburg area, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., provided health care to over 40,000 patients last year, resulting in over 100,000 visits. We have board certified providers and a well-trained staff with big hearts striving to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve.”

Health centers are nonprofit, community-owned and operated health providers that aim to reduce health care costs by fostering prevention and integrating the delivery of primary care with aggressive outreach, patient education, translation and other enabling services. The centers have made great strides in the Mississippi health care system specifically by maintaining high standards of accountability, demonstrating cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of care and empowering communities to address unmet health needs.