Esperanza Health Center December 2020
A Christmas Message from Susan Post, Executive Director
This Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior, and the many ways Esperanza Health Center has been blessed in 2020. Those blessings have come through you – our friends, staff, patients, and supporters—whose faithfulness inspire us onward in this work. Our challenges this year were great, but your caring and support have been greater. For this, we truly celebrate Christmas and the reminder of hope it brings.
HRSA Administrator Visits EHC
On Friday, December 18th Esperanza Health Center was honored to have a special guest visit from HRSA Administrator Thomas Engels, who joined EHC staff for a tour of our new K&A location.
Esperanza Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner Katherine Yori-Biermaas 
Katherine Yori-Biermaas, CRNP, joined the Esperanza staff in 2020 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Katherine completed her education close to home receiving a BS in Kinesiology at Temple University, and an accelerated BSN at Drexel. She felt God’s leading over her life to serve in healthcare and loves to care for people’s well-being. A pastor of hers from over 10 years ago shared the mission of Esperanza with her, and as she prayed for where to work, Esperanza became a home. She strives to listen to her patients well and hear their thoughts and concerns, all while trying to implement quality and evidence-based care. Katherine enjoys running, cycling, and swimming and has very much enjoyed being on the Philly marathon pace team.
Volunteer News Feature

We are thankful for our many volunteers helping in various capacities at Esperanza Health Center! Today, we’d like to highlight two of our volunteers, with important news to share:
Russell Elliott, retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker, volunteered at Esperanza for almost seven years. Until COVID, he came faithfully two days a week to support Social Services, Human Resources and other more “back of the house” tasks. But his big claim to fame is the role he played in supporting the senior program, Young At Heart. He helped to get us off the ground in the start-up of the program and served regularly and with zeal. Sadly, Russell is not able to continue volunteering due to concerns related to potential COVID exposure. Best wishes always to a really great volunteer!
Kishan Patel, a Temple University Senior, has been serving as a front door COVID screener at our Fifth Street site for the past three months. He is not only a pre-med student but has studied Spanish and came to Esperanza for an internship where there would be ample opportunity to speak Spanish with patients. The big news is that Kishan has been accepted into Thomas Jefferson’s School of Medicine! Maybe he’ll return to Esperanza one day as Dr. Patel! Congratulations to another exceptional volunteer.
Give a Gift of Hope Esperanza!
As 2020 comes to a close, please consider making a gift of hopeesperanzathat will have a real impact for our patients and our community in 2021! Your generous gift will provide high-quality, compassionate care for our uninsured patients, and will help us to address the COVID-19 pandemic through expanded testing, medical care, and administration of vaccines later in 2021. We are grateful for your partnership with us!
Join the Esperanza Team!
We're actively hiring qualified professionals who seek to share in our mission to provide Christ-centered, quality health care services. Please visit our Career Center where you can view every open position and apply online! Positions are regularly updated at this site. Highlighted below are some of our top priority hiring opportunities as of the week of 12/21/2020:

OB/GYN Nurse Care Manager/Administrator
The OB/GYN Care Manager/Administrator is a combined clinical and administrative role. The OB/GYN Care Manager/Administrator will be an integral part of the patient care team and will provide leadership and administrative oversight to Esperanza Health Center’s obstetrical and gynecological department. This position will include the supervision of the OB/GYN Coordinator.

Behavioral Health Consultant (LCSW/Psy.D) 
Esperanza Health Center seeks a full-time Behavioral Health Consultant (with current LCSW or Psy.D licensure in Pennsylvania) to serve as a member of the primary care provider team providing brief, immediate behavioral health support and interventions as part of integrated primary care services. Refers patients, when appropriate, to social services and external psychiatric counseling.

RN Clinical Manager
Esperanza Health Center seeks full-time RN Clinical Managers for our Hunting Park/5th Street sites and for our Kensington site. The position is responsible for managing the clinical operations and clinical staff (RNs and two clinical supervisors who supervise the medical assistant team) at the assigned site. The key clinical operations managed by this position include inventory and procurement, infection control, laboratory compliance, vaccine protocols, and routine departmental tasks. Training-the-trainer, developing staff, and providing leadership to the RN/MA teams are vital parts of this role.

Behavioral Health Consultant (LSW)
Esperanza Health Center seeks a full-time Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) with current LSW licensure in Pennsylvania. The BHC works during normal clinic hours under the direct supervision of a licensed practitioner. The BHC is a member of the primary care provider team providing brief, immediate behavioral health support and interventions as part of integrated primary care services. Makes referrals to outside agencies when appropriate for optimum patient care.
Our Mission:
“Compelled by the love of God in Christ Jesus, in cooperation with the Church and others, Esperanza Health Center is a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to the Latino and underserved communities
of Philadelphia.”