Community Health Net Receives Ultra-Widefield Imaging Vision Machine for New Eye Unit

The machine will enhance eye care for underserved and underinsured populations.

Erie, Pa. – August 3, 2023 – Community Health Net (CHN), the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, has announced the acquisition of a Zeiss Clarus 500 HD Ultra-Widefield Fundus Imaging Vision Machine. This state-of-the-art equipment will enable Community Health Net to enhance its vision services and provide its patients with more accurate and comprehensive eye exams, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Zeiss Clarus 500 is a cutting-edge machine that captures high-resolution images of the retina, macula, and optic nerve head in a single shot. With its ultra-widefield technology, the machine can capture up to 133 degrees of the retina, providing CHN’s Optometrist with a complete view of the eye. The images produced by the machine are essential in diagnosing and monitoring various eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

The Zeiss Clarus 500 is expected to significantly impact underserved populations in Erie County by improving access to advanced eye care services. “This machine is a game-changer for our patients, particularly those who are uninsured or underinsured,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. “With this equipment, we can provide high-quality eye care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The Zeiss Clarus 500 is now fully operational and available to patients at Community Health Net’s primary location at 1202 State Street in Erie. The machine was made possible by the generous donations of several organizations and individuals, including The Hamot Health Foundation, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Michelle Robertson, MJ Surgala, HRSA, Gateway, Kern Family Foundation, Erie Community Foundation, Erie Insurance, and the Community of Erie. Their support reflects their dedication to improving the health and well-being of the communities of Erie.

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About Community Health Net
Community Health Net is a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations and greater than 35 years of service. CHN is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network advancing the wellness of the Lake Erie Region.  Its mission is to improve the region’s quality of life by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all.


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