On Thursday, July 14, Family Health Center of Battle Creek (FHC) celebrated 25 years of providing quality health care that is accessible, comprehensive, and available to residents of Calhoun County. Throughout its history, this Michigan Community Health Center has earned a reputation for providing 100% access with 0% disparities in health care delivered. The Center is a trusted source of care for patients, a valued partner in the community and a catalyst of positive change.
The center opened in 1986 as North Avenue Women’s Center to provide access to health care for women in Battle Creek and surrounding communities. Soon after, pediatric care was added to its scope of services, followed by family practice; ear, nose, throat, and audiology services; dental health services; on-site laboratory and prescription services; internal medicine; behavioral health services.
In 1992 the center was renamed and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care designated it as a Federally Qualified Health Center. This designation means the federal government recognizes that FHC meets a high standard of clinical care, makes its services available to all regardless of income or insurance status and is an independent non-profit corporation governed by a consumer-dominated Board of Directors.
Throughout its rich history, FHC has been visionary in its approach to meeting the changing and growing needs of its patients and community. Today it operates two sites – one in Battle Creek and one in Albion — which serve as health care homes for more than 31,000 community residents.
Not only is FHC a leader and a participant in addressing community health issues, it also serves as a leading health education center and a model for other health providers through its innovative pilot health care programs and health center operations.
Michigan Primary Care Association celebrates FHC’s quarter-of-a-century anniversary and looks forward to what the next 25 years will bring.