Written by Anna Ferraro
On a mission to provide primary medical care, dental care and behavioral health care, to those most at need and at risk in the community, Central Counties Health Centers (CCHC) will be opening up their Jacksonville clinic on August 1, 2016.
Currently located in Springfield on 2239 East Cook Street, CCHC is passionate about helping those in need – and they’re doing that every day in the lives of their 14,000 clients. But to them, 14,000 clients are not enough. They want to do more. In 2010, when leadership in the organization was making plans for expansion, Morgan County was at the top of their list.
Donna Reeves, CCHC’s Director of Community and Engagement, and Heather Burton, the President and CEO shared, “We’ve been really working on this project for several years, and it’s finally coming to fruition.” Burton adds, “Everything that we provide to our patients here in Springfield, we will be able to provide that to our patients here in Jacksonville.”
What makes CCHC unique from other care providers? Burton explained, “We provide all of our services to anyone who walks through our doors, regardless of any socioeconomic barrier, including the inability to pay … a lot of times, other places have limits on how many Medicaid or uninsured patients that they can accept. Our organization does not have those limits.”
As a safety net health care provider, all of CCHC’s services are provided on a sliding scale discount – based on the patient’s income. For example, the majority of patients pay just $10 to see one of CCHC’s doctors (other costs vary). Burton explained, “If a patient is not able to pay that $10, we are able to work with them to still get them treatment.”
In addition to providing discounted medical and dental care, CCHC is able to assist patients in accessing discounted prescription medications. Burton says, “The only requirement [to receive that discount] is that they were seen by our facility by our doctors.”
In closing, Reeves shared, “Every patient that walks through our door needs something … every day I come in to work, and it doesn’t even seem like work. It’s what I’m meant to be giving … helping other people through this organization is my passion.”
Central Counties Health Centers in Jacksonville, located at 1440 W. Walnut, Suite 2, will be open August 1, 2016. Medical services will be provided 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dental services will be provided 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call 217-788-2300. For upcoming job openings, resumes can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.