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
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
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
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.
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!"
Source: Susan Hutson, Premier Community Healthcare Group