Contributed By Family Health Center of Battle Creek
Family Health Center of Battle Creek (FHC) is breaking ground on a new $10 million women’s health facility in the Park Hill section of Battle Creek. Funding for the expansion will come from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, FHC, and the U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration. The 45,400 square foot facility will be home to expanded obstetrics (OB) services to meet the needs of underserved women in Calhoun County, regardless of their ability to pay. These services will include certified nurse midwives, group OB visits, nurse care coordinators, and behavioral health counselors. The facility is slated to open in spring 2014.
“Women of Calhoun County deserve to have world-class OB services. FHC is thrilled to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Federal government to enable the delivery of these services in a state-of-the-art facility in Battle Creek,” said A.J. Jones, President and CEO of FHC. He added “Family Health Center’s goal is to achieve 100% access to healthcare services with zero health disparities.”
The number of pregnant women served by FHC’s Women’s Health Services has grown to over 1,000 in 2012. More than 90 percent of these women are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. FHC is the largest provider of OB services in Calhoun County, accounting for more than 70 percent of all deliveries at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital in 2012.
Planning for the new facility and expanded OB services involved input from women in the community through focus groups and written and on-line surveys. FHC also received input from partner organizations such as the Maternal and Infant Health Commission of Calhoun County, Summit Pointe, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, and health champions from the African-American community. Funds for program and facility planning were provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, FHC and the Michigan Primary Care Association Michigan Health Center Capital Development Program, with support from the Kresge Foundation for pre-development services and presentation materials.
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About Family Health Center of Battle Creek:
FHC is a private, non-profit Community Health Center delivering primary health care to the underserved of Calhoun County regardless of their ability to pay. FHC has been designated by the US Health Resources and Services Administration as a Federally-Qualified Health Center and Health Care for the Homeless provider. In 2012, FHC provided over 130,000 primary care and dental visits for over 30,000 patients. Eighty-five percent of FHC visits were for patients who were uninsured or on Medicaid. Approximately 70 percent of all children on Medicaid in Calhoun County are patients of FHC. FHC brought over $11 million in enhanced Medicaid funding, Federal and foundation grant dollars to Calhoun County in 2012. FHC has 250 employees, including physicians, nurse midwives, dentists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dental hygienists, and other highly trained health professionals.
For further information, or to become a patient of the Family Health Center call: 269-965-8866.