Family Health Center of Battle Creek (FHC) has some big news; and by big news, we are talking about 45,400 square feet of big news. FHC is in the final construction stage of its new $10 million Women’s Health Facility in the Park Hill section of Battle Creek, and is expecting to begin seeing patients at the new site starting in May 2014.
The new facility will house FHC’s expanded obstetrics (OB) services to meet the needs of underserved women in Calhoun County, regardless of insurance status or income level. FHC will offer an array of services at the Women’s Health Facility, including group OB visits and care delivered by certified midwives, nurse care coordinators, and behavioral health counselors.
“Family Health Center’s goal is to achieve 100% access to health care services with zero health disparities,” said Dr. AJ Jones, President and CEO of Family Health Center of Battle Creek. “We look forward to serving the women of Calhoun County in the state-of-the-art facility currently under construction.”
As the largest provider of OB services in Calhoun County, the new facility will increase FHC’s capacity to provide services to the more than 1,900 pregnant women served by FHC’s Women’s Health Services, of which more than 78% are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. Over half of all deliveries at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital in 2013 were provided by FHC. With the number of patients expected to continue increasing, Family Health Center of Battle Creek is solidly positioned for continued growth over many years.
Taking a community-based approach to planning for the new facility and expanding OB services, Family Health Center of Battle Creek enlisted the direct input from local women, health champions from the African American community, and many partner organizations including the Maternal and Infant Health Commission of Calhoun County, Summit Pointe (a local mental health agency), and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.
Planning and construction for the new facility was funded by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration, as well as through funding made directly available by Family Health Center of Battle Creek. Michigan Primary Care Association’s Health Center Capital Development Program, with support from the Kresge Foundation, provided for pre-development services and presentation materials.
Starting in 1986 as the North Avenue Women’s Health Center and growing from there, Family Health Center of Battle Creek has made great strides in increasing access to health care for women in Calhoun County and surrounding areas. This new state-of-the-art facility sets the stage for the same growth over the next 25 years.
For more information about the services that Family Health Center of Battle Creek provides, call 269-965-8866, or visit www.fhcbc.org.