April 23, 2012– The O’Connor Hospital Board of Directors has approved the transfer of ownership of the O’Connor Family Health Center, an outpatient clinic affiliated with O’Connor Hospital, to the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (IHC), a Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC). This change will be effective on June 25, 2012. The O’Connor Family Health Center is the primary outpatient teaching site for the San Jose-O’Connor Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, which was established in 1977 and is the only residency program of its kind in Santa Clara County.
“Nonprofit hospitals and clinics of all types and sizes are looking for ways to ensure viability and financial stability in these challenging economic times,” said James F. Dover, President & CEO of O’Connor Hospital. “During an extensive discernment process, we asked ourselves many questions, including in what ways could we better serve the residents of Santa Clara County. Working with the Indian Health Center will help the Family Health Center to fulfill its goal of improving lives by providing quality primary and preventive health care services.”
O’Connor Hospital and the Indian Health Center both have a long-term presence in Santa Clara County and compatible mission and values, including a commitment to care for all members of the community, especially the underserved.
Founded in 1977, the mission of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (IHC) is to help ensure the survival and healing all members of the community by providing high quality, comprehensive health care and wellness services.
“Serving the community by providing high-quality, culturally competent health and wellness services is our primary mission,” said Liz Hunt, Chief Executive Officer for the Indian Health Center. “We are passionate about making sure that everyone has access to health care when they need it. Working with O’Connor’s Family Health Center will help continue to provide much-needed health services to a population that often goes without health care.”
The O’Connor Family Health Center, located across the street from O’Connor Hospital, sees patients of all ages. Health care providers in the O’Connor Family Health Center include faculty-physicians, resident-physicians, and physician assistants. The Family Medicine Residency Program will continue its teaching affiliation with O’Connor Hospital and Family Medicine Associates (FMA). O’Connor Hospital will maintain oversight of training the Family Medicine residents and will continue to recruit new residents to the program each year, and the Indian Health Center will operate the clinic.