"Happy Birthday Crusader"
For 40 years, Crusader has been a major part of our community “safety net,” providing excellent medical and dental care “one patient at a time.” For 40 years, Crusader has put an arm around the shoulder of our patient’s problem, with a friendly smile and emphatic understanding. For 40 years, Crusader had honored its Founders by quietly and effectively providing “Care Within Reach” to those in our community who have little insulation and even less in their purse and wallet. For 40 years, the wonderfully caring and extremely skilled staff of Crusader has worked hard to modernize and increase access for our neighbors in need. Crusader’s funding is only 18% federal money (health center costs are only 1.5% of Federal and State Medicaid dollars), yet we continue to innovate and sustain key programs.
Crusader pays homage to our humble roots by “getting it done” with limited financial resources but great people capitol. More than ever, Crusader “brings it.” During 2011, Crusader cared for nearly 45,000 individual patients and provided a staggering 187,000 plus visits. In those “numbers,” were nearly 19,000 children, most of who are at or below the poverty level and over 1,100 deliveries by our exceptional Woman’s Health Service team! Even as Crusader filled an economic medical need, our great dental staff cared for over 10,000 patients (of which 7,000 were children). At the same time, Crusader provided medical care and a helping hand to over 1,200 homeless individuals (most of who “need to save up to be poor.”)
For 40 years, Crusader has been more than just a doctor’s office. The integrity and character of our organization and employees provides our patients with safety, help, respect and love. As a patient said to me, “Crusader is good folks taking care of good folks.” Thanks for 40 years of supporting our mission to make our corner of the universe a better place to live. Thanks for being our partner! Best wishes!
Gordon Eggers, Jr., President & CEO
Crusader Community Health