Family Healthcare, Inc.—Vinton County Dental Clinic
Family Healthcare, Inc. (FHI), a federally qualified health center, (FQHC) operates six community health center clinics in the heart of Appalachia in Southcentral/Southeastern Ohio. Offices are located in Chillicothe, McArthur, Logan, New Lexington, The Plains, and Middleport. The center’s mission is to provide access to affordable, high-quality health care without discrimination.
In 2005, FHI undertook a significant building project to expand its 3,600-square-foot building in McArthur to nearly 10,000 square feet, which includes space for oral health services. For the capital improvements, FHI sought financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Community Facilities program. Additionally, the center secured grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville to equip the five operatories. FHI was also successful in securing Ohio Department of Health Dental Safety Net II Grant dollars in 2006 and 2007 to launch the program.
As chief executive officer Mark Bridenbaugh points out, this facility is the only source of health care in Vinton County, a small, rural county with about 13,000 residents. Additionally, the clinic serves residents within a 50-mile radius of McArthur (the county seat), drawing from Hocking, Athens, Gallia, and Ross counties. Some clients even travel from as far away as West Virginia to receive services, making it easy to visualize the extent of their dental service area. There is a tremendous need for comprehensive oral health care in this geographic region.
Currently, the clinic’s staff includes two full-time dentists, a part-time hygienist, and five dental assistants. Joseph Alvarez, D.D.S., Dental Director, leads the dental team. The clinic accepts clients who are Medicaid-eligible, underinsured, uninsured, or privately insured. Payment is determined using a sliding fee schedule based upon income. Clients are seen by appointment, and the clinic tries to accommodate emergencies as quickly as possible. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic is located at 31891 State Route 93 North, McArthur, Ohio. Call (740)596-5249 for more information or to schedule an appointment.