A Middle Georgia healthcare facility has plans to grow.
For nearly two decades, the mission of the Johnson County Center for Community Health has been to provide primary care to anyone who walks through its doors.
The non-profit organization has recently received stimulus dollars to jump start a renovation process.
“We have really just outgrown this building, we weren’t really land-locked, but we were building-locked and we couldn’t bring anymore providers in,” said CEO of Community Healthcare Systems, Inc. Carla Belcher.
Community Healthcare Systems provided services to more than 35,000 patients last year. The Johnson County Center for Community Health treated at least 3,000 of those same patients.
“A lot of people don’t have health insurance, sometimes they don’t have access because of transportation so patients can actually access primary health care services here at our facility without having to drive out of their community,” said Medical Director Crystal Owens.
Nearly 90% of the facility’s patients suffer from high blood pressure, that’s one of the leading rates in the nation according to Dr. Israel Bryson at JCCCH.
“We inherit a lot of patients who have had events in their lives like heart attacks and strokes, they lose their insurance for instance and they cannot be seen anywhere else so we take care of them here.”
The facility provides basic primary health care services to all ages — regardless of your ability to pay.