If you have a just cause, take it to the people who can bring it to fruition. Summer Kirby, CEO of Compass Community Health Care is doing just that. Kirby and several others are in Washington DC, meeting with office-holders about something near and dear to her heart.
“I am here advocating on behalf of the voice of our patients and we have the opportunity to come together with other health centers across the nation including Ohio, to learn and come up with new and creative ways to bring back to help our patients gain more access to care,” Kirby said.
The delegation, in addition to Kirby, consists of Beth Dunlap, Sam Walls who do outreach and enrollment at Compass and board member, Todd Crabtree. They had constituents coffee Wednesday with U.S. Senator Rob Portman, met with U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and again with Portman on Thursday.
“We hope that the voice of our patients is heard, and that we are able to craft ways to reduce barriers, so that individuals in our community have access to high-quality care, so that, inevitably we can not only impact our patients, but we can impact our community and the health of our local community, state and the area that we serve,” Kirby said.
The overview of the trip is to express the value of health centers.
“We are definitely trying to storm the Hill,” Kirby said.
According to their website, Compass Community Health Care is a primary care, family practice of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and referral specialists who have lifelong connections in the community, and who are dedicated to helping you get the health care services you need.