North County clinic hosts receptions

SAN MARCOS — The first in a series of North County Health Services “Celebrating our Clinicians” evening receptions was held in Carlsbad on Oct. 21.
NCHS hosts the gatherings to recognize their outstanding clinicians and their work in providing medical and dental services in each individual community they serve.
The informative receptions are a way to update donors about new NCHS programs, to
continue outreach efforts and to introduce new community and business leaders to NCHS
services.
NCHS was fortunate to host employees from Covidien at the reception who presented a $10,000 gift in support of the NCHS “Preventing Obesity in Children with Asthma” program. The money will allow NCHS to expand their Family Nutrition Program, which was created to respond to a general trend of higher Body Mass Indexes (BMI’s) in pediatric patients who suffer from Asthma. Asthma is a common diagnosis in children with a Body Mass Index at or greater than 25. At present, NCHS has 1,023 children diagnosed with asthma and of these, 753 or 73.6 percent have a co-morbidity of obesity.
NCHS utilizes a family-centered health care approach that is characterized by a partnership between the family and medical providers. Many NCHS programs, such as the Family Nutrition Program, are not possible without the support of our donors and community partners. If you would like more information about North County Health Services, would like to volunteer or attend a Clinician Celebration Reception,
contact Dana Withall, Development Director at (760) 736-6710.
North County Health Services is a private not-for-profit organization that serves more than 60,000 patients annually at 11 health centers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Ramona and San Marcos, and two mobile clinics. For more, visit www.nchs-health.org or call (760) 736-6767.

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