Sapphire offering sports physicals and Lab Fair

By the Ravalli Republic | Aug 16, 2017

Sapphire Community Health is offering sports physicals with free backpacks for $10 and a Lab Fair on Aug. 16-17 for $35 as part of National Health Center Week.

Sapphire is a part of a national network of primary care providers to more than 25 million Americans, including more than 106,000 Montanans. The program started more than 50 years ago as a small but bold effort to provide health care to medically underserved areas including rural states.

Community health centers have saved countless lives, reduced and prevented chronic disease and provided people with more affordable options for care than a costly emergency room, according to Janet Woodburn, Sapphire’s chief executive officer. They’ve proven to be innovators in treating chronic disease like diabetes and hypertension while tackling the tough issues such as mental health and substance use.

According to a 2016 study in the American Journal of Public Health, health centers save an average of $2,371 per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers, which contributes significant savings to American taxpayers.

Health centers are more than “just” an affordable health care provider, Woodburn said in a press release.

“We are problem-solvers that look beyond medical charts not only to prevent illness but also address the factors that actually cause poor health such as homelessness, lack of nutrition, transportation barriers, or unemployment,” the release states.

Health centers bring a unique and important perspective to the national and state conversation on health care. Sapphire is proud to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to strengthen and improve the availability of quality primary care and preventive services to everyone who needs it.

For more information on the physicals and Lab Fair, contact Sapphire Community Health, 316 No. Third in Hamilton, at 406-541-0032.