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Kagman health center mulls partnership with Kosrae health center

THE Kagman Community Health Center is considering a future partnership with Kosrae Community Health Center which wants to be an independent entity like its Kagman counterpart.

Kagman Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer Vince Castro said officials of the Kosrae health center visited the Kagman center on May 15 and 16 to look into its “fiscal set up as an independent health center.”

The Kosrae health center delegation consisted of its chief executive officer Nena Tolenoa, three board members and their finance manager, Castro said.

“They wanted to see how we are running our finances. We discussed with them the pros and cons of going independent,” Castro said.

The Kagman center used to be a partner of Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. In May 2018, the Kagman center became an independent non-profit entity.

Tolenoa said the Kosrae community members want their health center to become independent like Kagman’s.

Kosrae Community Health Center is under the Kosrae Department of Health Services.

Kosrae Community Health Center officials visited the Kagman Community Health Center on May 15 and 16. In the photo are Kagman Community Health Center chief executive officer Vince Castro, second from left, with staff, board chair Velma Palacios and Kosrae Community Health Center officials.  Contributed photoKosrae Community Health Center officials visited the Kagman Community Health Center on May 15 and 16. In the photo are Kagman Community Health Center chief executive officer Vince Castro, second from left, with staff, board chair Velma Palacios and Kosrae Community Health Center officials. Contributed photo

Like the Kagman center, Castro said, if the Kosrae center’s plan pushes through, it would seek funding from the U.S. government.

“During their visit, we did presentations on finance, human resources, and operations,” Castro said. “We also showed them our board’s paperless meeting system. Then, we walked them through any areas of concern.”

He said there is also a plan to sign a memorandum of agreement between the two health centers, as suggested by Kagman health center board chair Velma Palacios.

He said the MOA would allow both health centers to exchange information.

The Kosrae Community Health Center, he added, has a successful diabetes program with a significant number of people going through lifestyle changes.

“We want to go over there and get trained in that and bring it over here. If we have something that we can share, they can come over here and we can train them,” Castro said.

He added that both centers can also share their certified personnel.