That was U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) making a stop at the open house recently hosted by Georgia Mountains Health Services, Inc at its newest office in Chatsworth, Georgia. The new health center site was funded in part thanks to the President’s Initiative to place a Community Health Center in 200 of the poorest counties in America. In additional to federal funding, Georgia Mountains Health received a one time grant from the state legislature to get the health center up and running for patients. The open house included free health screenings and exhibits from local social service organizations. Deal underscored how fortunate the Chatsworth community was to have the services of Georgia Mountains Health in the midst, noting that the “the organization is compassionate and has their heart in the right place when it comes to providing access to quality care for all, particularly the medically underserved.” The hard-working Congressman’s visit to the Georgia health center to meet with patients and staff was likely not his first, nor his last. Deal is a champion of supporting health centers on Capitol Hill, which is why he is among a select group of Members of Congress slated to receive the NACHC 2008 Distinguished Community Health Champion award next month in Washington during the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum.