News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Tri-State Community Healthcare.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Tri-State Community Healthcare in Needles, California.
As first reported on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, ZachNews was tipped off to a Facebook posting of a picture of an eviction notice for Tri-State Community Healthcare, located at 1402 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California, and the picture of the eviction notice was signed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Since that news story, ZachNews has repeatedly asked those staff, board member, and doctors who worked at Tri-State Community Healthcare and were told that it wasn’t true.
ZachNews was even contacted after posting the news story by Megan Johnson-Pharr from Tri-State Community Healthcare at 2:08pm PT on Friday, March 6th, 2015 who said by Facebook message, “My CEO, Aram, would like to speak with you about the clinic. About the plans he has for it and some good news on a grant.”
But, nothing happened and nobody met with ZachNews in regards to our news story regarding the eviction notice, the rumors of the clinic closing down, and rumors of doctors leaving the clinic including Beth Verharst, Nurse Practitioner, shortly after Tri-State Community Healthcare held residential meetings discussing the different medical services offered at the clinic.
No other residential meetings with Tri-State Community Healthcare were held after that leave.
After months of waiting, on Thursday, June 4th, 2015, ZachNews attended a clinic meeting held inside the Tri-State Community Healthcare where Aram Manoukian, Tri-State Community Healthcare Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), who announced to staff that the clinic is now federally qualified health center; approved by the federal government and is 1 of 30 approved in 2015.
ZachNews asked Aram Manoukian during the clinic meeting if the clinic is staying open, and Aram Manoukian told ZachNews, “Yes,” adding that they are working to add more services that the community needs such as physical therapist as well as looking for more doctors and providers.
ZachNews wanted to talk on camera with Aram Manoukian and was promise that he would, but after a long wait in the office, that interview didn’t happen which was going to be on camera instead of filming the clinic meeting because Aram Manoukian didn’t feel conferrable having our camera filming the clinic meeting.
So, as far as we know, the Tri-State Community Healthcare is staying open, working to bring in more services, and are now a federally qualified health center, but only time will tell if everything that the community have been wanting in health care services will come to reality.