SAN JOSE, California (Date). Mike Hart is all heart. For eight years as a nurse practitioner with the School Health Clinics of Santa Clara, he has helped at-risk children get well, stay well, and stay in school. “Patients love him. He is very kind, patient, and welcoming. Mike does whatever it takes to take care of his patients, and goes that extra mile to help them,” said Monica Mensah, MD, Medical Director of the School Health Clinics. This dedication to young patients has earned Mike an award for outstanding service and commitment to the community from the Community Health Partnership.
The Community Health Partnership helps expand access to health services for the medically underserved, and encourages prevention and health promotion through service, education and advocacy. Partnership members are committed to developing a community-based system of accessible, affordable health care services that meet the needs of a diverse, multicultural community. Every year the Partnership honors an individual who embodies the spirit and mission of community health clinics, goes beyond the call of duty to help patients, and demonstrates a commitment to quality and service.
This year’s winner, Mike Hart is based at the Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic, one of five School Health Clinics in San Jose and Gilroy. The School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County provide easily accessible, quality health care to infants, children and adolescents on school campuses. “Mike is team player, very respectful of other staff members’ opinions. He is willing to learn, contributes fully to the organization, and provides constructive suggestions at staff meetings,” said Dr. Mensah. “We are grateful for his dedication to our patients.”