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Director: Medina County Health Center provides 'more services than ever before'

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    Eleni Manousogiannakis oversees the Medina County Health Center, which offers primary care, chronic disease management, preventive screenings for men and women, immunizations and complete dental care.

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MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Health Department hired an Akron native to oversee the Medina County Health Center.

Eleni Manousogiannakis worked for 10 years at federally qualified health centers, both on the West Coast and in Ohio and now will lead the county’s health center, which is a division of the health department that became a federally qualified health center last August.

The health center offers primary care, chronic disease management, preventive screenings for men and women, immunizations and complete dental care.

The health department calls it a one-stop shop for both medical and dental care.

“The health center provides more services than ever before,” Manousogiannakis said. “It’s just like any private office. We get all walks of life coming in, with insurance and without insurance.”

Manousogiannakis said she last worked as the chief operations officer for AxcessPointe Community Health Center in Akron. She took off eight months to have her second child and then started her new job in Medina County. She was h ired Jan. 7, and will make $98,000 annually.

“The interview team was impressed with Eleni’s demonstrated skills in process improvement and her dedication to customer-focused care,” Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski said. “We are all excited to have her join the health department team.”

The mother of two has been in the health care field for about 20 years for nonprofit, for-profit and health plan systems. She and her husband, Max, reside in Copley.

Manousogiannakis said being able to work at a facility that deals with environmental issues and the needs of the community struck a chord with her.

“It’s been exciting to work in a place that’s growing and evolving,” Manousogiannakis said. “I get to help frame and shape the organization in a good direction.”

The health center, which employs about 20 people, treats children to senior citizens.

“We’ve had 2,600 patients walk through the doors of the health center,” she said of the facility’s success since gaining the national accreditation.

“The health center continues to grow. We continue to provide more services to the community in various ways.”

The Medina County Health Department opened in 1918, and services are partially supported by the property tax health levy. Having a federally qualified health center was the next step in providing quality services, Wasowski said.

“Becoming a federally qualified health center enables the health department to provide medical and dental care to everyone in our community, preventing disease and promoting well-being for all citizens of Medina County,” she said in a statement.

To learn more about all the services offered by the Medina County Health Department, visit www.medinahealth.org. All insurance types are accepted, including employer-sponsored plans, Medicaid and Medicare. A sliding fee scale also is available based on family size and income. People who have no insurance also receive treatment. Call (330) 723-9688, option 1, to make a medical or dental appointment. The health center is in the health department at 4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or by email at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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