Our Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Bay Community Health is monitoring the situation closely. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, patients and the communities we serve. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (affects the nose, sinuses and lungs) including the flu and coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing after going to bathroom and before you eat.
- If you have no soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is alcohol based with 60-90% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who have respiratory symptoms.
- Practice good health habits.
“On 11/13, Bay Community Health attended the Business Leaders Luncheon with Governor Larry Hogan. We appreciate Governor Hogan taking the time to speak at the forum. The video below features an audio excerpt of Governor Hogan answering the question we submitted. Pictured with Governor Hogan is Jamie Wallhauser; Bay Community Health board member.
Bay Community Health’s question in full:
“Bay Community Health is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Southern Anne Arundel County providing primary and behavioral health care to the community, and thanks to you we now have an initiative with our local library branch to host Mental Health First Aid trainings to the public. This would never happen without your initiative. Tell us about your initiatives in mental health and health generally and what we as a community can do to help you.”
Bay Community Health also receiving quality awards for increasing the number of patients served between 2017-2018, meeting or exceeding a 10% improvement in health across different racial/ethnic groups, utilizing Health Information Technology to increase access to care and advance quality of care and recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
More than 28 million people – 1 in 12 nationwide – rely on a HRSA funded health center for affordable, accessible, patient center primary health care. Health centers advance a model of coordinated, comprehensive and patient-centered care, integrating a wide range of medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder and patient support services. Grantees received recognition based on the latest HRSA Quality Improvement Awards.
“HRSA-funded health centers continue to lead the U.S. healthcare system in providing quality, value-base care to their communities” said HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels. “Today we are recognizing nearly all HRSA-funded health centers for their continued improvements on clinical quality measures and supporting them to continue as quality leaders nationwide in the years to come.”
In 2018, BCH provided healthcare services to over 4,900 patients in Southern Anne Arundel County delivering affordable, accessible, cost-effective and quality primary and behavioral health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.
About Bay Community Health
Bay Community Health (BCH) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. BCH operates two health centers offering primary and behavioral healthcare serving over 4,900 patients, including underserved and uninsured annually. Patient -Centered Medical Home care, a team-based approach using evidenced based medicine to meet a patient’s physical and behavioral health needs. For more information, visit baycommunityhealth.org.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S> Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.