To fill the growing need, health centers were established in Warrensburg, North Creek and Indian Lake. In 1981, with federal funding for community health centers (funding that we still receive today), these four centers officially became the Hudson Headwaters Health Network -- a community-based, state-licensed, not-for-profit health corporation. In each instance, the local health center was made possible by partnership. Hudson Headwaters provided the care; the community provided the facility.
As need for additional care grew throughout the region, so did Hudson Headwaters. We established centers in Bolton Landing in 1985, then Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga in 1993. During the next decade, new health centers were established on Broad Street in Glens Falls, in Moreau and in Queensbury. In the past seven years, Hudson Headwaters has opened health centers in the Town of Moriah (2005), the Albert R. Tucker Clinical Services Center in Warrensburg (2005), Fort Edward (2010) and a second Queensbury facility (January, 2012). Our 15th health center in Champlain, NY joined the Network in October 2012.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network staff and programs have earned a reputation for excellence. Recognized by federal authorities and state agencies for leadership in rural health care, Hudson Headwaters has pioneered new approaches to regional health planning and reimbursement. Hudson Headwaters is proud to serve as a demonstration site for new health care delivery strategies, including the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot.
The Networks mission has remained the same throughout our history: To provide the best health care, and access to that care, for everyone in our communities. Today, more than 60,000 people receive care annually at our 14 health centers, covering 3,700 square miles in four different counties. This year, we expect our health professionals to provide for 260,000 patient visits. We also expect to provide $3 million in uncompensated care and pharmacy discounts.
We believe in the importance of providing excellent primary care. We succeed through the combined efforts of many individuals and agencies. And we take our inspiration from the magnificence of our surroundings and from the heart and soul of the people we serve.