Friday, November 13, 2015

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness: My Story

Several years ago, a beloved member of my own family became afflicted with Alzheimer's. I was living with my grandmother and doing things with her every day. Things like, shopping, cooking, laundry, clipping coupons, and weeding the garden. I never noticed anything was wrong until one day when I brought home some charcoal broiled chicken from the poultry market for dinner. I left the chicken on the kitchen table and told my grandmother that I would round up the other family members to eat. When I returned with my aunts, I saw my grandmother standing at the kitchen sink scrubbing something. I went over to see what she was doing and discovered all of the chicken soaking in soapy dish water. She looked at me and said, “Shari doll, this chicken you bought was so dirty. I’ve been scrubbing it to get the black off.” My aunt and I began laughing but also realized that there was something wrong. This was our first outstanding sign of her disease. There were probably other signs, but being with her every single day, I couldn’t see it.  

Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain and is not a part of normal aging. It is a debilitating decomposition of the brain which affects not only those who are diagnosed, but all of the people around them; friends and family alike. It is a painful life experience to witness the loss of memories of loved ones who are in decline. 

For those who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, there are many resources available to increase your comfort and allow you to remain active. Here in Tucson and Marana, AZ, MHC Healthcare has many sources and services that can  help you cope and find inspiration.  If you feel that you need to be examined for signs of the disease, please call MHC Healthcare to see one of our primary care providers at 520.682.4111. 

A Few Facts About Alzheimer’s

What do you mean by “early stage”?
Regardless of age, those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are usually at the beginning stages of the disease. Persons in the early stages will experience some forgetfulness, mild problems with language, and problems making decisions, but are generally able to function during in their daily activities.

What is not “early stage”?
People beyond early stage Alzheimer’s (middle stage) will not remember having a diagnosis of memory loss and will have problems communicating. At this point, they will need a caregiver for dressing, bathing, meal preparation and transportation. 

Is there a cost?
The Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Programs and Services are free of charge. Please call 1.800.272.3900 for more information or to register for any of their programs or services. For more information go to
     For local Arizona residents, MHC Healthcare can get you started with one of our primary care providers who can diagnose, refer and provide you with the resources that you will need. 

What happens when I can no longer participate in Early Stage Programs?
When you reach the period of transition, from early stage to middle stage Alzheimer’s, care consulting services are available for future planning, including caregivers, support groups, educational classes and a 24/7 helpline.

Helpful Alzheimer’s Educational Programs

These programs will help you understand changes and challenges to be expected with early Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.

Written by Sharon Kether, a valued MHC Healthcare Volunteer

Monday, October 5, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it's time to raise awareness about this common form of cancer that affects over 230,000 women in the US every year. Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. 

When you’re told that you have breast cancer, it’s natural to wonder what may have caused the disease. But no one knows the exact causes of breast cancer. Doctors seldom know why one woman develops breast cancer and another doesn’t, and most women who have breast cancer will never be able to pinpoint an exact cause. What we do know is that breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cell's DNA. 

Women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease. Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can’t be avoided. Having a risk factor does not mean that a woman will get breast cancer. Many women who have risk factors never develop breast cancer, and many women who have no risk factors do develop breast cancer - that's why early detection and treatment is so important! 

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed each year. When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%.* Create your early detection plan today:


Thursday, August 13, 2015

National Health Center Week 2015 - MHC Healthcare Press Release

Contact Info:
Miley Clark
Public Relations Director, MHC Healthcare
Tues-Thurs 8am-5pm
520-682-4111 x 6255

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2015

MHC Healthcare Celebrates National Health Center Week 2015
Part of National Campaign Celebrating 50 Years of Success in Healthcare Delivery

MHC Healthcare, which includes Marana Main Health Center, the oldest community health center in Arizona, and one of the oldest in the United States. For over 50 years, MHC has been providing quality primary and preventive care to those in need. MHC has grown from a single clinic serving migrant farm workers into MHC Healthcare (MHC) serving over 43,000 patients annually at 14 health center sites spread throughout Marana, Pima County, Catalina, Picture Rocks and the Tucson metro area.

Nationally, this week is marking National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW) as part of a weeklong campaign (August 9-15) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the country’s largest and most successful system of primary healthcare. This national network of health centers in rural and urban neighborhoods across America, serves over 24 million Americans or 1 in 14 Americans. Health Centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The Marana Health Center is one of the original clinics and has been successfully providing quality primary and preventive care ever since.

Nationally and locally, health centers are one of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system saving $1,200 per patient per year – a total annual savings of $24 billion to the entire health care system. In fact, MHC and other community health centers are the lowest cost primary care providers in Arizona. In addition to reducing costs, MHC and other community health centers provide high-quality primary and preventive health care to the people who need it most. MHC provides primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and a variety of support and specialty services. MHC Healthcare continues to break new ground by being the first organization in Arizona to integrate medical and behavioral healthcare into one healthcare setting to better meet the needs of our community.


MHC Healthcare has 14 locations throughout Marana, Pima County, Catalina, Picture Rocks and the Tucson metro area. MHC Healthcare collectively serves over 43,000 individuals annually who have various forms of medical coverage, including private insurance, AHCCCS, Medicare, sliding fee scale or with no medical coverage.

MHC Healthcare/Marana Main Health Center: 13395 N. Marana Main Street, 520-682-4111

Monday, August 10, 2015

National Health Center Week 2015! August 9th - 15th

MHC Healthcare is celebrating 50 years of success in healthcare delivery with the National Association of Community Health Centers. We want to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers, which is the largest and most successful primary healthcare system in the country. 

MHC Healthcare is part of a national network of health centers in rural and urban neighborhoods across America, serving over 24 million Americans. One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes reducing mortality rates, lowering hospital emergency room visits and admissions, and generating $24 billion a year in annual healthcare savings.

MHC is proud to be a part of America's health centers legacy! We are able to provide care to over 57,000 people in Pima County, Arizona. We offer primary care, dental, behavioral health, and many more services. Visit our website for a full listing: Our mission is to provide excellence in integrated health services to the communities we serve. We offer healthcare to everyone who walks through our doors - regardless of race, ethnicity, citizenship status, or ability to pay. Let MHC Healthcare take care of you and see how community health centers maintain patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100%. Call us! 520-682-4111

About Community Health Centers: To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, community health centers serve over 24 million people at more than 9,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Health centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. To learn more please visit or You can also follow the #NHCW15 hashtag on Twitter.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

What is Juvenile Arthritis?

That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is not a disease in itself. Also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States.

Although the various types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, each type of JA is distinct and has its own special concerns and symptoms. Some types of juvenile arthritis affect the musculoskeletal system, but joint symptoms may be minor or nonexistent. Juvenile arthritis can also involve the eyes, skin, muscles and gastrointestinal tract.

Talk to your MHC Healthcare primary care provider today if you suspect your child has JA.

Want to learn more about causes, symptoms and treatment? Visit


Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July Safety

Independence Day Fire Safety

Americans will spend more than $2 billion on cookouts this July 4th holiday and will eat more than 150 million hot dogs. And they’ll cook those hot dogs on an assortment of gas, propane, and charcoal grills, which means—if they’re not careful—they could be playing with more fire than they mean to. There are nearly 9,000 grill fires every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and July is the peak month for them.

Safety rules for all grills:
  • Grills should be used only outdoors. Indoors, they pose both a fire and a carbon monoxide hazard. “Indoors” includes garages, sheds, and other partially enclosed spaces. 
  • Protect children and pets. Keep them away from the grill area, and don’t let children play with matches and lighters. 
  • Never leave a grill unattended while it is in use.
  • Don’t spray grease flares with water. Water can cause grease fires to explode.

Independence Day Fireworks Safety

Fireworks injuries are on the rise, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 2013, injuries hit a 10-year high, with eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks. Most of the injuries were caused by device malfunction and improper use.

Before you light fireworks:
  • Check the label. Legal fireworks have the name of the manufacturer, the words "Class C Common Fireworks," and a warning on the label. Fireworks without this label should not be used.
  • Put pets indoors (they may become frightened by the noise).
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
  • Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
  • Teach family members to "stop, drop, and roll" if their clothes catch on fire.
When lighting fireworks:
  • Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Do not allow children to light fireworks.
  • Wear safety goggles.
  • Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display has finished.
  • Use fireworks (including sparklers) only outdoors and away from anything that can burn.
  • Never throw fireworks, and never hold them in your hand after lighting.
After you finish:
  • Clean up all debris.
  • Remember, duds can be dangerous, too. If a device doesn't light or fire, an adult should wait at least 5 minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.

Enjoy a Fun & Safe Holiday!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Meet Dr. Serrano

When I was a little girl growing up in Puerto Rico, my grandma used to take me to this nurse to get my shots. The nurse would use these rubbing alcohol cotton balls to sterilize my arm, and I really liked the smell. I thought to myself, I want to do this, I want to be a doctor. I admired doctors, they just knew so much. Then that smell disappeared for many years, since people started using other things to disinfect with. One year during my residency I was coming into the ER to see a patient and the smell of rubbing alcohol came back and transported me to that nurse’s office when I was little. I knew then, that I had chosen the right path.

In 2012, I relocated to Arizona with my husband and three kids – that’s when I discovered MHC Healthcare. Compared to the other healthcare companies in the area, MHC spoke more to who I was as a person. I grew up underserved, so it felt like this is where I am meant to be. I can really connect with my patients here. My favorite part about being a doctor is when somebody tells me, “thank you for helping me,” “I’m so glad to see you, ” “you’re the one that listens,” or even “thank you for saving my life.” Just last week I caught someone’s cancer in time. Big or little, I’m helping people, that’s what I love to do, and that’s why I chose to become part of the MHC Healthcare family.

MHC believes that regardless of who you are, your financial status or background, we will take care of your healthcare needs. I love being the Chief Medical Officer and your family practice doctor. This work is critical to my personal mission of giving back to the community. I chose MHC Healthcare because I truly believe it is a strong, solid organization with a very promising future. In my personal life, my family is my highest priority. This is a fervent value of mine that spills into my every-day work life. I want every patient to feel welcome, supported, and well cared for. MHC Healthcare works hard to be the best for our patients and we want you to feel like you are part of our family.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Jenitza Serrano
Chief Medical Officer

Humans of MHC Healthcare

Humans of MHC Healthcare (HOMHCH) is an ongoing collection of pictures and quotes from real MHC employees. It shows MHC’s dedication to providing quality healthcare with a heart to all of our patients. HOMHCH began because we wanted to put a human face to our name. Specifically, the faces of people who work hard every day to ensure that patients who come to us are getting the best care possible. We are not just another healthcare company – we are a non-profit community health center, which means we work for your health, not our profits. HOMHCH is not only a way to show patients that we care, but it also gives our providers, referral specialists, medical assistants, and other staff the recognition they deserve. Whether it’s staying late to finish a patient’s appointment, or spending their lunch break researching cancer treatment grants, the staff at MHC go above and beyond their job description. All HOMHCH postings can be found on our website and we look forward to including patients testimonials in the future. Humans of MHC Healthcare captures our passion for serving our communities.

“What do you think is the biggest obstacle?”                                      
“Teaching patients their rights and responsibilities, teaching them self-care, teaching them their responsibility as a healthy person or how to be on the road to becoming a healthy person. Some patients are not used to self-care, and they don’t have the self-appreciation to know that they’re worth the self-care. I think that’s probably the biggest obstacle is having patients take reign of their own life and realize that they are worth it.”
 — Loretta Workman,
Referral Specialist
MHC Healthcare Ortiz Health Center

Social Media

MHC Healthcare has officially entered the digital realm! We are on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Blogger, and Pinterest. Our focus is to add value to our community by sharing informative, interesting and inspiring content. We keep our patients and followers in the loop about MHC and community events. We discuss health and public activities, recognize other organizations for their accomplishments, and shine the light on extraordinary MHC employees. Get involved with us today!

Thank You Corner

As a non-profit organization, MHC Healthcare receives grants and donations that allow us to continue providing affordable healthcare to our patients. Thank you to Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation for a grant of $15,000 to support MHC’s dental program. Funds will assist uninsured pregnant mothers with third trimester dental screenings and cleanings.

The 2015 Trico POWER Grants program awarded MHC Healthcare $8,000 to reduce barriers to basic preventative care for children and their families. Thank you, Trico! Special thanks to the Heritage Highlands Women’s Health Luncheon Committee and their recent $4,800 donation! Their contribution will support Behavioral Health Programming. All contributions to MHC Healthcare make a difference in the lives of children, individuals, and families throughout our communities. Thank you for your support!

Innovative MHC Pharmacy Leads with Speed and Accuracy

When it comes to healthcare with a heart, MHC Pharmacies never miss a beat with their customer service and efficiency.

MHC Healthcare pharmacies serve all MHC patients and have three convenient locations: Marana Main Health Center in Marana, Clinica Del Alma Health Center in southern Tucson, and Wilmot Family Health Center on the east side of Tucson.

MHC Healthcare recently purchased an innovative robot, the Parata Max Flex, for the Marana Main Health Center Pharmacy, to help fill prescriptions with speed and accuracy. The Parata fills approximately 45% of our prescriptions on a daily basis. The robot’s innovative design allows it to use space effectively, store up to 232 prescriptions, and ensures 100% accuracy. This automation frees up pharmacists to spend more time with our patients and decreases wait times. When patients get the correct medication, they are safer, healthier and happier!

Fast, warm, and personal service is the goal of MHC Pharmacies. Patients can refill their prescriptions in a variety of ways. Our app, RefillRX Mobil, allows patients to scan the barcode on their prescription bottle, which sends the refill order instantly to an MHC Pharmacy. When the prescription is filled, the pharmacy notifies the patient by their preferred choice of communication. Another refill option is to touch-tone the prescription number using a telephone keypad. Patients can also visit MHC Healthcare’s website,, and click on the “Get a Prescription” icon. Most importantly, we always welcome a personal phone call if you want to speak directly with a staff member. We are here to help you and we value our relationship with each and every one of our patients.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mom Takes Me To...

Why choose MHC Healthcare to care for your child? Or rather, why not choose MHC Healthcare? 

At our MHC Primary Care Health Center, located across from Tucson Medical Center, our compassionate Pediatricians and Nurse Practitioners are committed to diagnosing, evaluating and treating health conditions at all stages of childhood, from birth to the age of 18. We offer everything from Well Child visits and immunizations to asthma management, behavioral assessments, skincare treatments, sports physicals and more. The well-being of your child is our highest priority. 

Most of all, MHC offers convenient and affordable healthcare. In addition to Pediatrics, this location also has Gynecology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Case Management and full Laboratory services. An MHC Pharmacy is less than 10 minutes away from the Wyatt & Grant location as well. We also have WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Services at this location. MHC welcomes insured, uninsured, underinsured, medicare, medicaid, and AHCCCS patients. MHC also offers our Sliding Fee Scale program, which offers discounted fees for medical services based on gross family income. We are your medical home - a one-stop-shop for all your healthcare needs!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Out with the Old and In with the New and Improved!

MHC Healthcare has a new website! The new site design is patient driven, user-friendly, available on all electronic platforms, and our information is streamlined. What does this mean for you? You still have access to all the same information that was on our old's just easier to find now. Access your Patient Portal, download forms, and view all 14 different MHC locations with ease. Learn more about our CEO, Clint Kuntz, and his personal connection with navigating chronic disease. Read up on Humans of MHC Healthcare, a collection of pictures and quotes from real MHC employees. Explore our website yourself to see just how easy it is to navigate! The website also reflects our re-branding efforts. We've incorporated brighter and warmer colors and pictures that speak to our mission of providing quality healthcare with a heart, and we keep you, our patient, as our focus. We are always open to suggestions - send us an email with your recommendation: 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Founders' Day in Marana!

Saturday, March 7th was the 37th Annual Founders' Day in Marana, AZ! This town is a crucial part of MHC Healthcare's history. We began in 1957 by providing medical care to migratory farm workers and other locals in Marana. Since then we have grown to a network of 14 Health Centers, which now employs almost 400 staff members and serves over 40,000 patients! A special thank you to the Marana Heritage Conservancy for organizing this AMAZING parade, we were so glad to be apart of it!

Our commitment and dedication to removing barriers towards healthcare services has allowed us to achieve and grow. We want to be your healthcare provider for years to come!

Photo Credits: Sarah Degginger and Miley Clark

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tom Dunn Elected President of MHC Healthcare Board of Directors

MHC Healthcare congratulates Tom Dunn as the newly elected President for the MHC Healthcare Board of Directors.

The new Executive Committee members are: Tom Dunn, President, Sulee Edwards, Vice President, Tim Brunenkant, Secretary, and Steve Sera, Treasurer. Mr. Dunn has served on the all-volunteer board since 2009.

Mr. Dunn shares, “MHC Healthcare has become a national example of how to better serve the community’s healthcare needs. Our healthcare providers not only care about your health, they also care about you. The leadership team for MHC has created a great place to take care of your healthcare needs and a great place to work. Our team is second to none with outstanding standards and achievements. I’m proud to say I’m a patient too and trust my own healthcare needs to MHC.”

Mr. Dunn is the Southern Arizona Director with the Arizona Builders Alliance, a commercial construction trade association. Mr. Dunn also serves on the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, OPCMI Pension Trust and the Catalina Council’s Good Scout Luncheon Committee. Tom and his family have called Marana home since 2006.


UPDATE 2/24/16: Tom Dunn finished his term as President for the MHC Healthcare Board of Directors.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

$8,000 Grant from Trico

Left: Miley Clark, Director of Public Relations, Right: Dr.Jenitza Serrano-Feliciano, Chief Medical Officer. 

The 2015 Trico POWER Grants program has awarded MHC Healthcare $8,000! This will fund immunizations, flu shots, dental screenings, physicals, and sports physicals for children. MHC's outreach workers will also be able to conduct insurance eligibility screenings for our services including insurance or sliding fee scale eligibility, referrals to the nearest MHC health center, and will provide each family with educational resources. 

Our goal is to ensure that our community members have access to quality health care and that they participate in their health care decisions to improve their quality of life. This grant will enable us to reduce barriers to basic preventative care for children and to ensure that all youth and their families have a primary medical home that meets their health and financial needs. Thank You Trico!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

$15,000 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Grant

Thank you to the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation for supporting MHC’s dental program with a $15,000 grant! Funding from Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation will be used to assist uninsured pregnant mothers with third trimester dental screenings and cleanings. To help with long term dental health for themselves and their babies, our doctors will provide in-office education for all mothers and our case coordinators will provide follow-up education and scheduling assistance for baby’s first dental appointment postpartum. Dental service is an important health indicator and is often the first health service to be dropped for many individuals with financial challenges. If we can bridge that gap, we can increase the overall health of not just the pregnant women receiving the initial cleanings, but the future health of their children. Thank you Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation for supporting our critical programming!

MHC Dental Services

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ultrasound is Full-Time at Clinica Del Alma Health Center

We now have two full-time locations with Ultrasound! Marana Main and Clinica Del Alma Health Centers are available for scheduling appointments Monday through Friday.

Ultrasound imaging can be used to determine due dates, detect the presence of twins and size of the baby just before delivery. They can also reveal potential problems, including birth defects, placental issues, breech positioning, and others. Many parents especially look forward to learning the sex of their child midway through their pregnancy.

Ultrasound is not just used in pregnancies though! We have the capabilities to view venous, arterial, and any area of the body below the head such as the heart, liver, kidneys, etc... 

If you or someone you know is in need of ultrasound imaging, we welcome you to call either of our locations and make an appointment!

Marana Main Health Center
13395 N Marana Main Street
Marana, AZ 85653

Clinica Del Alma
3690 S. Park Avenue, Suite 805
Tucson, AZ 85713

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Chef on the Block

Whether you go to the Copper Café for coffee, a yummy snack, or the lunch special, get prepared for some big changes! Don’t worry, they’ll still be serving coffee, but you can say goodbye to the menu. MHC Healthcare now has its very own chef connoisseur, Mitch Rabenstein, who settles for nothing less than delicious perfection. Mitch began cooking at the young age of 12 and went on to be an executive chef for more than 20 years. His experience includes being the executive chef for a nursing home and rehabilitation facility, owning and operating four restaurants, a bar and a catering business. “My restaurants were all fresh food, there were no freezers or microwaves in my kitchen – and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re going for more homemade food with input from employees, it’s always helpful to hear about your favorite dish, maybe we’ll feature it one day.” Not only does Mitch plan on making our meals more wholesome, but he’s also going to make them healthier. “We’re a healthcare clinic. We want people to get better and get healthy. I will be implementing healthier options, so maybe instead of bacon there will be avocados. More everything isn’t always better.” His goal is to make food that will feed the soul and increase productivity.

Picture this… It’s mid-July and over 100 degrees outside. It’s lunchtime so you go to the Copper Café for something tasty that will keep you full the rest of the day. On the menu you see grilled chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with avocado, fruit smoothies and homemade apple pie… Hungry yet? Mitch wants to get everyone in Marana to the Copper Café for lunch and I think he’ll succeed! With his life-long passion for fine food and cooking there’s no doubt that scrumptious things are about to appear on our plates. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Measles Outbreak

Christmastime at Disneyland in California was a time for families to enjoy the magic of Disney, however it was also time that was spent spreading the Measles virus. 42 confirmed cases have been linked to the initial exposure in Disneyland, of which, 5 cases are present in Arizona at four healthcare facilities in Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila counties. This recent spread of Measles could have been significantly lessened or even prevented if more people had received their MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. Now is a time to reiterate the importance of vaccinating your children. Some diseases which once injured thousands of children, such as Measles, are close to extinction because of vaccines. Talk to your health care provider today or make an appointment with MHC Healthcare (520-682-4111) if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child.

See what Measles looks like here:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flu in Arizona

The following message was sent to MHC Healthcare by the Arizona Health Alert Network:

Influenza activity has been increasing in Arizona. As of January 14th, Arizona Department of Health Services categorized activity as "Widespread" (highest category). Laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been identified in fourteen counties, and an estimated 761 cases were reported by laboratories in the past week. Most cases have been caused by influenza A, predominantly influenza A (H3).

It is not too late to vaccinate against influenza. In Arizona, influenza activity usually lasts through the spring months. Vaccination remains the best prevention against the flu, even in seasons of imperfectly matched vaccines. For a list of influenza vaccine clinics, visit

Regardless of vaccination status, clinicians should encourage all patients with influenza-like illness, especially those who are at high risk for complications (i.e. older persons, young children and people with certain chronic conditions), to seek care promptly to determine if influenza testing and antiviral treatment are warranted. Decisions about starting antiviral treatment should not wait for laboratory confirmation of influenza.

More information can be found in the influenza surveillance reports, posted weekly at

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fall 2014 Newsletter

 Welcome Clint!

On October 1, 2013 MHC Healthcare welcomed Clinton Kuntz as the new Chief Executive Officer. After serving as the Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Kuntz was appointed to his new role at the Board of Director’s Annual Meeting.

“I am proud to be part of such an innovative organization. MHC is a proven champion for those with chronic diseases and for those who need behavioral health services. I have a personal understanding of the trials and challenges of those who must navigate the road of chronic disease. In 2012 my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a father and as the CEO of MHC Healthcare, I am here to bring the compassion, commitment and resources to the communities we serve,” says Kuntz.

For over half a century MHC healthcare has been providing quality healthcare with a heart. MHC has 14 locations throughout Marana, Catalina, Picture Rocks, Pima County and Tucson Metro areas and together we serve over 40,000 individuals every year. MHC Healthcare offers primary care to individuals of  all ages, no matter their ability to pay. “We are committed to programs where we are able to focus on the total person and make a positive impact on the wellness of the community,” says CEO, Clint Kuntz.

Many of our health center locations offer a one-stop service model, which provides patients with easy access to a multitude of medical services including: Medical, Behavioral Health, Dental, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Insurance Screening/Outreach, Women’s Health, Radiology, Quick Care and Pharmacy along with state-of-the-art medical equipment. “We believe the personal relationship between a patient and doctor is the key to quality health. It is our goal to treat all patients with the care and respect we would expect for our own families,” Kuntz explains. MHC Healthcare is dedicated to proving the best possible health care to you and your family.

Carl's Story

When Carl first came to MHC in 2005, he had just had a pulmonary embolism, was diagnosed as a food addict and diabetic, and he weighed 446 pounds. His body was breaking down and he was no longer able to work. “My doctor put the paperwork in for social security disability, and four months later I had it!,” Carl exclaimed. Over the 9-year journey Carl has spent with us, we have helped him take control of his diabetes and his eating disorder. In the past 18 months he has lost 100 pounds and plans to lose an additional 140 pounds over the next couple years. 

“Everything is feeling better – my sight’s clearing up, my head isn’t foggy anymore, I’m getting clearer days and more sleep … I got to know everyone at MHC Healthcare, and they all know me. Every patient here isn’t just a number, MHC is trying to help you … I’ve been treated well here, I really have,” Carl said. In a few years, Carl sees himself walking, keeping his diabetes under control, and achieving his goal weight of 200 pounds. “I’m going to be here until I can’t move anymore!”

MHC Healthcare is recognized as a PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home), which is a healthcare model where primary care providers coordinate their patients’ entire medical care. This means that we will follow-up and stay engaged with you throughout your medical processes. MHC Healthcare has worked hard to gain recognition as a PCMH, and because of this we are able to provide higher quality healthcare while also lowering costs. 

Patient Portal

MHC Healthcare’s Patient Portal is a way for our patients to easily communicate with their doctors safely and securely.  With the Patient Portal you can:
•  Contact your doctor
•  Pay your bill online
•  Request test results
•  Request an appointment
•  And more!

Cotton Blossom Thrift Store

The Cotton Blossom thrift store is sponsored by MHC Healthcare and is dedicated to providing high quality, gently used merchandise at great prices. The Cotton Blossom accepts new and used items from local charities, businesses, department stores, estate sales, and community members. Proceeds generated from the resale of goods provide additional and vital funding for MHC’s healthcare, nutrition and wellness programs.

The thrift store also employs our MHC Healthcare Behavioral Health clients, which helps them prepare to enter the work force again.  Our amazing team members along with community volunteers make the Cotton Blossom a place you want to shop.

Come join us for a “treasure hunt” shopping experience … you never know what you are going to find day-to-day! Or better yet, become part of the Cotton Blossom team and volunteer!

Phone: 520-682-1094     Hours:  Mon-Fri  9am-5pm
Location: 11851 W. Marana Rd., Marana, AZ 85653

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Phone: 520-682-4111