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Premier Community Healthcare Adds Jobs To Meet Growing Needs In Pasco

Providing high-quality access to healthcare treatment and services to people who need it greatly but have no insurance and little money to pay is a challenge that has become more common in recent times.

Premier Community Healthcare Group, Inc., a Pasco County medical practice, embraces that challenge as a business model and is growing as a result of it.

Premier was founded in 1979 and operates as community family healthcare centers in Zephyrhills, Dade City and a recently opened clinic in New Port Richey. A full range of services are provided, including adult and pediatric care, OB GYN, dental and behavioral health.

Premier CEO Kim Schuknecht says finding solutions that will improve patients' lives is part of the joy in doing the work she and her staff perform. "Working in a community health center is very challenging and somewhat frustrating at times, but also extremely rewarding. The majority of our patients are uninsured so the challenge comes in finding the resources to meet their oftentimes complicated medical issues."

Susan Hutson, Premier's director of marketing and development, says part of the answer is in how health is viewed at Premier. "Because of the nonprofit "higher calling," our approach is more holistic," she says.

Some of the openings Premier is hoping to staff with professionals who are motivated by a sense of community service include a pediatrician, medical office manager, ARNP and office and housekeeping positions.

These are salaried positions, but Schuknecht says there's a non-monetary bonus as well. "The reward? Knowing at the end of the day that we have done something to improve the health and well-being of those who would otherwise go without quality care. That's a good day at Premier!"

Writer: Brad Stager
Source: Susan Hutson, Premier Community Healthcare Group
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