New Health Center Sites Expand Virginians’ Access to Care

In recent months, several Virginia health centers have worked to expand the realm of their health services to reach more Virginians in need, through community partnerships, federal grant awards, and the opening of new satellite sites.

In Roanoke, a new partnership between New Horizons Healthcare and the Rescue Mission will expand dental care for under-served residents of the community.

New Horizons currently provides dental services at their Melrose location in Northwest Roanoke. However, this new partnership will allow the organization to serve patients out of the Rescue Mission’s clinic in Southeast Roanoke. The clinic is located along the city bus route, providing more convenient accessibility for those with limited transportation. It is estimated that the clinic will help almost 1,300 residents in Southeast Roanoke and surrounding neighborhoods.

“Dental care is a high need everywhere, particularly in the City of Roanoke. The statistics show that there are more people here who have not had regular dental services for years, so we’re trying to make a dent in that need,” said Eileen Lepro, CEO of New Horizons Healthcare.

The new satellite of New Horizons Dental Care is open to everyone, with a sliding fee program based on an individual’s limited insurance or uninsured status. The dentist and hygienist on-site handle basic services from routine exams, to simple root canals, and cleanings. The clinic’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Northern Virginia, Neighborhood Health announced the opening of their newest dental office in Annandale. As part of maintaining overall health, Neighborhood Health has board certified dentists and hygienists that treat adults and children. Services include cleanings, x-rays, fillings and extractions. Referrals may also be provided for those dental patients needing more specialized dental care.

The newest dental office is located at 7501 Little River Turnpike, G-4, in Annandale, VA. Please call 571-384-7622 to make an appointment.

In December, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) granted two awards to Virginia health centers, projected to serve approximately 3,123 new patients at future health center cites.
Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHs) was awarded a grant in the amount of $775,000 to open their 5th Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) in South Boston, VA. PATHs currently operates four FQHC’s in Boydton, Chatham, Danville, and Martinsville, all providing a wide range of primary care and ancillary services for both uninsured and insured. These funds will allow PATHs to close the circle on a service area that has been hit hard economically and has a large population of uninsured or under-insured patients in need of these services.

The Community Health Center of the New River Valley was also awarded a New Access Point grant from HRSA in the amount of $752,500. The CHC of the New River Valley currently operates two sites — the Montgomery Center in Christiansburg, and the Giles Center in Pearisburg.