RRHC moving forward with new technology and a great staff

Tina Tvedt grew up in a small town with a population of around 300 in South Dakota. She is the executive director at Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway. Tvedt said she felt right at home in Southern Humboldt and loves working with both the dental and medical clinics.

RRHC began in 1976 when a small group of people formed a health care clinic. In 2002 RRHC became part of the Federally Qualified Health Center and is a community-based, nonprofit clinic.

The nine-member board, comprised of 51% clinic patients, meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at the health clinic. Terms on the board are three years, which means every three years three people come up for reelection.

RRHC currently has four sites including the Redway clinics, the Family Resource Center at Redway School, an Alderpoint clinic and clinics at South Fork High School.

Tvedt said that in 2011 RRHC had almost 4,000 patients with 12,309 clinic visits.

Their operating revenue consists of 56% from patients, 34% from federal grants, 5% from private grants, 4% in donations, and 1% in other miscellaneous revenue. Salaries make up 70% of their expenses, with 34 employees, including 29 who work fulltime.

She said 50% of their patients are uninsured, with 22% on Medicaid, 9% on Medicare, 6% other or private pay, and 15% have insurance.

There is a lab available for blood work and various tests and the clinic providers have a working relationship with the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District where they can send patients for x-rays.

RRHC recently welcomed their new medical director Dr. Philip Scheel and he is now seeing patients and adjusting to life in Southern Humboldt.

Tvedt said RRHC is looking for members to join their Community Advisory Committee. This committee is a bridge between the community and the board. They meet quarterly. Application deadline is Friday, Dec. 28.

For more information, or to make an appointment, give Redwoods Rural Health Center a call at 986-2783.