Serving Clay City for
INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE
The Lugar Center for Rural Health helped establish the Clay City Center for Family Medicine in 1993. Since then the Lugar Center has been involved in various capacities with the CCCFM including measuring quality indicators, administrative work with funding agencies, and piloting innovative practices that are replicable in other Rural Health Clinics. Over the years it can be conceived as the "Laboratory of Primary Care" with the Lugar Center as a founding partner multiple initiatives have been piloted and researched for replicable best practices.
The clinic was established in 1993 in a 2,000 square foot building with three exam rooms, an office area, a large reception room and a small laboratory. The offices were moderately equipped for the purpose of ambulatory patient care. In October 1996, CCCFM moved into a new and expanded facility. The expanded facility encompasses approximately 7,000 square feet to accommodate an advanced family medicine clinic and a significantly increased amount of space for training residents, medical students, mid-level providers and mental health students. The facility includes a mental health counseling room, an eye examination room, and a medical laboratory designed to support an advanced range of healthcare services.
RURAL HEALTH CLINIC
What is a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Why are they so important to the Rural Healthcare?
To address rural health disparities, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1977 that set criteria for the establishment of federally certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Because Rural Health Clinics receive cost-based reimbursement, providers are turning to RHC programs to be able to provide services to the rural poor and elderly. The Clay City Center for Family Medicine (CCCFM) is an independent RHC which is part of the Union Health system. The CCCFM is managed by the Lugar Center for Rural Health due to the Lugar Center's focus on addressing barriers to health care access and availability for rural and underserved patients and families.
Health care provision to rural populations through Rural Health Clinics like the Clay City Center for Family Medicine:
Allows access in areas that otherwise would not have sustainable health care
Encourages mid-level providers (Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners) to be an integral part of the health care delivery system
Gives rural citizens the opportunity to learn about and accept the skills of mid-level providers
Allows the potential for additional services in rural areas that might otherwise not be available in a private practitioner's office, such as psychological, social work, and allied therapy services.
For more detailed information about Rural Health Clinics, contact the National Association of Rural Health Clinics at www.narhc.org.
Types of Care Available at RHCs
Current Projects and Innovative Services
FAMILY MEDICINE PROVIDERS
All Rural Health Clinic's must have an Advisory Board made up of community stakeholders to drive the vision and future of the clinic. The advisory board also ensures community leaders have a voice in their healthcare. The following individuals volunteer their time to better the health of the community:
Daryl Andrews, Former Clay County Commissioner
John Mercer, Retired Teacher
Bryan Culver, Ceres Solutions, Retired
Michael Owens, Clay City Elementary Principal
Kim Hyatt, Clay County Health Nurse
Paul Sinders, Clay County Commissioner
Ashley Kirkling, Co-Owner, Glory Days Restaurant
Lynn Stoelting, Clay County School Nurse