Family Health of Darke County
Family Health of Darke County is a model for health centers across the country in managing chronic disease, promoting wellness, demonstrating cost effectiveness and empowering their patients to engage in healthy behaviors. The health center supports its mission “building healthy lives together….” by providing an array of services: medical care, behavioral health, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy services, and patient education and support.
However, despite all these services, Family Health recognized the unmet need for dental services in West Central Ohio. Citizens used the emergency room as a source of care because they couldn’t afford to go to a dentist or locate a regional dentist who was enrolled in the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Programs. The physicians often stated they couldn’t properly treat the patient because the health issues were related to the patient’s poor or lack of dental care. In response, Family Health took advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided the agency with the fiscal opportunity to renovate space for nine operatories, create a dental lab, develop work stations, and offer digital radiography. The agency was now well on its way to complete the circle of total health care for under/uninsured patients seeking care in Darke County and the surrounding area.
Family Health Dental Care opened their doors to patients on August 10, 2010. The opening coincided with National Health Center Week, observed during the week of August 8-14. Family Health Dental Care serves as a natural extension of Family Health's mission and commitment to provide for the healthcare needs of the poor and underserved in West Central Ohio regardless of their faith, race, age or ability to pay. The clinic accepts Medicaid, self pay, offers sliding fee discounts and bills insurance companies as needed. Additionally, clients can receive a 15% discount if they pay in full at the time of service.
Staff includes three dentists, five full time dental assistants, one full time and one part-time dental hygienist.
Family Health Dental Care is located at 5735 Meeker Road, Greenville Ohio 45331; the facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 937-547-2326 or visit http://buildinghealthylives.org.
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