JCCHC celebrating first anniversary with open house


JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 11, 2013) – The East Tennessee State University College of Nursing and College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences are inviting the public to help celebrate the first anniversary of Johnson City Community Health Center (JCCHC).

The JCCHC Facility Council is sponsoring an open house that will be held at the clinic Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m. Visitors to JCCHC, located at 2151 Century Lane, can tour the facility, learn about the array of services available and enjoy refreshments. All who have questions about the Affordable Care Act Federal Insurance Marketplace can get answers to those questions, as well.

A state-of-the-art facility that was built with the aid of a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), JCCHC opened in October 2012 and in a year’s time has become widely regarded as a model for the delivery of interprofessional health care, a place where faculty and staff from the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center provide a broad range of patient care and students get training under faculty supervision.

The College of Nursing manages the clinic and board-certified nurse practitioners deliver primary and preventive health care to patients, and a women’s health program is led by certified nurse midwives. The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences offers specialized services that include speech-language pathology, audiology, nutrition counseling and education, physical therapy, radiography/sonography and dental hygiene. Faculty and students from ETSU’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy provide some services, too, as well at the Department of Psychology and the Department of Social Work.

There are 1,200 Community Health Centers throughout the United States, but few match the scope of services available at JCCHC, which has received the designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center.

A new facility that is more than double the size of its predecessor has enabled the College of Nursing to retain the original mission of the clinic that JCCHC replaced – the Johnson City Downtown Clinic – while also expanding services through collaboration with its clinical partner, the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. JCDC primarily served special populations such as the uninsured, the underinsured and migrant farm workers. JCCHC still serves that patient population but also sees patients from all walks of life and every age group. The clinic offers same-day appointments and accepts most health insurance, including Medicare and TennCare.

Dr. Wendy Nehring, ETSU’s dean of nursing, said the first year for JCCHC has been an unqualified success. The college recently received grant funding from HRSA to hire Silas Tolan as a specialist in the Federal Insurance Marketplace that is a major component of the Affordable Care Act. Tolan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from ETSU.

“We know there are many people who have questions about the Insurance Exchange, and we’re here to answer their questions and provide direction on how to get enrolled in the exchange,” Nehring said. “We hope that anyone who is in need of primary health care or has questions about the ACA – or just wants to see this beautiful facility – will join us at the open house.”

To schedule appointments or to learn more about JCCHC, call (423) 926-2500 or visit it on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Johnson-City-Community-Health-Center/520427988002887.

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