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From left, Family Health Center board members Karen Wells-Gibson, Ramona Phillips, Cathy Graninger and Jan Bodine walk from the center's new location at the "old Rothrock house" across from the former site of the Harrison County Hospital along Atwood Street in Corydon. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Clinic gains 'ability to dream'


December 24, 2013 | 08:01 AM

The Corydon location of Family Health Center of Southern Indiana didn't move far — across a parking lot, actually — but the new location gives the organization three times the size while still offering affordable health care for families.

The Family Health Center of Harrison County was incorporated in April 2006 and most recently was located in a small, one-time house, where it was landlocked and crunched into its space.

Now, it's located at 209 N. Harrison Drive, near the road's intersection with Atwood Street, at what's known as the "Rothrock house," a Bedford stone dwelling that was formerly the site of the Harrison County Health Dept.

The reason for the move is because FHC was "crunched and landlocked" in terms of space, Lori Harris, its chief executive officer, said. "Now, we have the ability to dream."

FHC offers primary care, case management and women's health care (mammograms and Pap smears). Referrals can be made for care such as dental work.

When a patient visits FHC, they should expect to complete a registration packet and provide documentation to determine income, insurance status and county of residence. After all of the supporting documentation is received, the patient will be asked to schedule their first appointment, which is usually within a day or so. The first appointment is an "intake" appointment and usually takes more time than a regular office visit because providers will want to know more about the patient and their medical history.

Theresa Holland is the nurse practitioner on-site.

"Qualifying patients are those who are uninsured or under-insured and are low-income residents of Harrison and surrounding counties," Harris said. "We have access to discounted medication and have worked with Butt Drugs for an indigent drug program."

FHC uses a sliding fee schedule based on the number of people in the household.

"The county commissioners have been so gracious to let us move over. They've been very supportive," Harris said, noting that an endowment fund started by doctors, through the Harrison County Community Foundation, helps FHC.

"We'll use some of the grant money from that to put in new carpeting," Harris added.

FHC also has locations in Jeffersonville and New Albany and a satellite site at Charlestown Memorial Hospital. A board of directors oversees the four locations. Tony Combs is the current board president.

The clinic is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The phone number for FHC in Corydon is 738-7576.

Editor Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor contributed to this story.

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