Ashe County Free Medical Clinic and AppHealthCare Consolidate Efforts to Ensure Care
[Jefferson, NC] – The Appalachian Partners in Public Health, an arm of AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department), and the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic (ACFMC) have agreed to consolidate primary medical care services at the AppHealthCare Ashe clinic location.
This opportunity has been made possible by the August 2015 designation of AppHealthCare as Health Department to Federal Qualified Health Center status. The benefits to the ACFMC patients are significant. In addition to the services currently offered by the Free Clinic, patients will have access to mental health care, dental care, women’s care, nutritional counseling and will be able to make appointments five days a week rather than just one day a week. In order to accommodate these low income patients the fees will be reduced and subsidized by ACFMC funds.
“I am excited about this opportunity for our patients which provides continuation of their healthcare without barriers in addition to other services,” said Melinda Wonsick, M.D. Medical Director of the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic.
“Patients will be able to choose their healthcare location and provider, but we believe that the number of services offered at no or very low cost will help ensure these patients don’t experience barriers to getting the healthcare they need,” said Greg Bolac, Executive Director of the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic.
Patients have been notified of this change by letter and the coordinated transition is in process so that ACFMC patients can begin receiving care at AppHealthCare – Ashe clinic location beginning in the New Year. “We are committed to providing high quality care for all of our patients and look forward to welcoming Ashe County Free Medical Clinic patients who choose us,” said Danielle Darter, M.D., Medical Director of AppHealthCare.
The Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, AppHealthCare, and respective boards have been continuously working together to ensure the transition for patients will be smooth and the priority of all involved remains the high quality care and service provided to all patients to improve the public’s health.
Contact: Beth Lovette
Phone: (336) 246-9449 ext. 3103
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
For questions please contact:
Greg Bolac, Ashe County Free Medical Clinic (336) 846-4649
Beth Lovette, AppHealthCare, (828) 264-4995 ext. 3103
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