FCHC expands services to Stuart, Florida

February 1, 2013

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. expands to Stuart       

Effective February 1, 2013, pediatric and adult primary care along with women’s health and  prenatal and maternity services previously provided by the Martin County Health Department (MCHD) will be provided by Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (FCHC), a federally qualified and accredited health center dedicated to serving those in need.

Due to significant cuts in state and federal funding, MCHD will no longer provide these services.

FCHC clinicians and staff are providing patient care services at the MCHD Building located at 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd. in Stuart and deliveries will continue to take place at Martin Health System.                                                   

For nearly a year, MCHD collaborated with FCHC and other community partners to develop a transition plan to ensure that primary care services will be available for residents.

“Partnering with FCHC will assure continuity of care for our maternity and primary care patients, as well as increase access to care for residents.” said Karlette Peck, Health Officer for the Martin County Health Department.

FCHC is a federally qualified health center, providing primary and preventative health services since 1976. FCHC is known as a safety net provider, accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid, Medicare. Persons can also apply to pay for services on a sliding fee scale, based on income.  “FCHC appreciates the opportunity to work with community partners such as MCHD, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Healthy Start Coalition and others to ensure Martin County residents continue to receive the excellent health care services they deserve” said Michael Gervasi, D.O., President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.

MCHD will continue to provide services including disease surveillance and investigation,

Family Planning services, HIV & STD testing and treatment, dental services, School Health and Environmental Health services, birth & death certificates and WIC & Nutrition services and Public Health Preparedness. Public Health Services will be expanded to include health promotion in the areas of Oral Health and Childhood Obesity.

About Florida Community Health Centers:  Since 1976, FCHC has been a leader in Florida’s primary health care services.   Comprehensive primary and preventive health care is provided through a network of 10 health centers located in Pahokee, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Indiantown, Clewiston, Okeechobee, Moore Haven and Stuart.   FCHC was established to serve the medically vulnerable and farmworker populations in the South Central Florida counties surrounding Lake Okeechobee.  In addition to serving medically vulnerable, underserved populations and patients with Medicaid, FCHC serves patients with Medicare and many private insurance carriers. In 2012, FCHC provided services to nearly 37,000 patients who generated almost 144,000 visits.

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