2013-09-05 / Health

Milner honored by MPCA for distinguished service


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Michigan Primary Care Association Board President Joseph Ferguson (left) presented Darrell Milner, executive director of MidMichigan Community Health Services, with a 2013 Distinguished Service Award during Michigan Primary Care Association’s 34th annual awards ceremony Aug. 6. The award recognizes commitment, dedication and outstanding service. (Courtesy photo) DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Michigan Primary Care Association Board President Joseph Ferguson (left) presented Darrell Milner, executive director of MidMichigan Community Health Services, with a 2013 Distinguished Service Award during Michigan Primary Care Association’s 34th annual awards ceremony Aug. 6. The award recognizes commitment, dedication and outstanding service. (Courtesy photo) MidMichigan Community Health Services Executive Director Darrell Milner was recently recognized at the Michigan Primary Care Association’s 34th annual awards ceremony held Aug. 6.

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is the non-profit association representing Michigan Health Centers. The MPCA Distinguished Service Award recognizes commitment, dedication and outstanding service on behalf of Michigan Health Center patients.

“It was certainly an honor,” Milner said. “I wasn’t expecting it...it is appreciated.”

“I have had the pleasure of working with Darrell for many years,” Michigan Primary Care Association Chief Executive Officer Kim Sibilsky said. “I greatly value his vision, creativity and leadership. Darrell has never turned away from a challenge and has shown real professional courage in addressing barriers to care for the people he serves.”

Milner said having worked with the MPCA for so long made the award more special.

MidMichigan Community Health Services provides quality, affordable primary and preventive health care to residents of Roscommon and surrounding areas in north central Michigan. It is one of Michigan’s 35 Health Center organizations that together operate over 220 sites across the state, providing care to more than 600,000 patients each year regardless of insurance status or income.

Michigan Health Centers are part of a nationwide network of Health Centers that serve the primary health care needs of more than 22 million individuals in over 9,000 locations from coast to coast. Health Center services are tailored to meet the unique needs of communities, providing primary care, dental care, behavioral health care and pharmacy services, as well as services that help patients overcome barriers to accessing health care, such as transportation and translation. Health Centers are also sources of local jobs and they generate tremendous economic benefits for the communities they serve.

Michigan Primary Care Association has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan since 1980. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For information, visit www.mpca.net or call (517) 381-8000.

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