Devember 1, 2021

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Public Health Management Corporation announces 2021 APEX Award for innovation from
PA Association of Community Health Centers

Philadelphia, PAPublic Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities, has been awarded the 2021 APEX Award for Primary Care Excellence in innovation by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) at its annual conference in Lancaster. PHMC’s Director of Nursing Christine McGowan was the recipient of the award, which is given to an individual who has improved system-wide or health center-wide processes or outcomes.

McGowan was recognized for designing telehealth protocols and processes that led to a 25 percent increase in productivity across the PHMC Health Network and ensured the delivery of high-quality services. The PHMC Health Network provides care for more than 23,000 Philadelphians annually through six locations, including PHMC Care Clinic, Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless, PHMC Health Connection, Congreso Health Center and Rising Sun Health Center.

“The APEX Awards are designed to recognize those who go above and beyond and who are an inspiration to the patients they serve and their colleagues,” says Cheri Rinehart, PACHC’s President and CEO. “They represent the pinnacle of service, quality, innovation, and achievement in primary health care.”

“Christine is an outstanding employee. She is creative, insightful and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients. She embodies a perfect mix of the attributes you’d look for in a director of nursing: an in-depth clinical knowledge, a commitment to supporting our clinical staff, and excellent problem-solving skills,” said Dinetta Armstrong, Managing Director of Health Services for PHMC.

The 2021 APEX Awards were sponsored by Gateway Health and featured 10 categories focused on patient care and career achievements. Each category recognized the outstanding efforts of individuals and teams which work in and/or volunteer for Pennsylvania’s community health centers.

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Public Health Management Corporation is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC), Pennsylvania’s primary care association representing Community Health Centers – the largest primary care network in Pennsylvania and the nation. Public Health Management Corporation is part of this statewide network of health centers that provides access to affordable care for more than 900,000 Pennsylvanians.


About PHMC

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses, and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services.

PHMC has served the Greater Philadelphia region since 1972 as a facilitator, developer, intermediary, manager, advocate, and innovator in the field of public health. With more than 3,000 employees, hundreds of programs, and a network of subsidiary organizations, PHMC serves 350,000 clients annually and is one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation.