PITTSFIELD — In the two-plus years that Cheryl Zoll has been CEO of Tapestry, a nonprofit health care provider with various clinics in Western Massachusetts, the Pittsfield location hasn’t had an open house.
But staff decided to hold an open house at the Pittsfield clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to promote awareness of the organization’s work in response to what Zoll described as threats to health care on the federal level.
“We want to make sure that people know that … we’re going to be here,” said Zoll, CEO of Tapestry. “No matter what happens.”
Attending the open house will enable members of the community to connect Tapestry as an organization with its effect on the community, she said.
“It really helps to come and see the site,” she said. “It’s not abstract. This is really the place where people are coming to get their health care in the community.”
Tapestry will be providing tours of the clinic and examples of the organization’s work in the community, including local schools, Zoll said. Attendees will also meet Zoll and Katrina Mattson, Berkshire sexual and reproductive health services manager.
Tapestry has always been a “safety net” organization for the uninsured and underinsured, Zoll said. The organization could see funding difficulties if proposed changes to the federal distribution of Medicaid dollars — as block grants rather than the current more open-ended funding stream — were implemented.
Tapestry receives state funding and also federal money in the form of Title X, which helps pay for reproductive and sexual health services for patients who need assistance. That funding…
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