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Center for Family Health—Hillsdale, a medical center launched to meet a rising need for primary care in Hillsdale County, will open Aug. 12.

Center for Family Health—Hillsdale is a federally qualified health center that will accept all patients, regardless of income. Family-doctor care will be provided to any patients with or without health insurance coverage. The Center will also provide services to assist those who are not covered by health insurance to get covered through a variety of programs including the Marketplace, Medicaid or other healthcare programs.

Located at 240 W. Carleton Road, the Center will be operated by the Jackson-based Center for Family Health in coordination with the Hillsdale community’s efforts to expand access to care.

“The health and human services leaders in Hillsdale have given us tremendous encouragement. Our mission is to work with them to open the door to health care for all,” said Molly Kaser, president and CEO of the Center for Family Health. “We are very excited to open.”

Diane Bishop, director of Center for Family Health—Hillsdale, said physicians will work with Hillsdale specialists and medical facilities so more patients have an entry point to comprehensive care in the community.

Three thousand Hillsdale County residents became newly eligible for Medicaid under last year’s Healthy Michigan expansion, creating greater need for access to primary care. Center for Family Health—Hillsdale was supported by leaders of local institutions including Hillsdale Community Health Center, the Community Action Agency, and St. Peter’s Free Clinic.

“After so much time and effort by so many different people, I am very excited and pleased to welcome the Center for Family Health to our greater Hillsdale community,” said Duke Anderson, president and CEO of Hillsdale Community Health Center.

“It’s a great thing for Hillsdale, absolutely,” said Jill Pavka, director of St. Peter’s Free Clinic. “I just love the federally qualified health center model. It’s comprehensive, quality care for everybody.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is scheduled on August 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center.

The Carleton Road location is a temporary home for Center for Family Health–Hillsdale. Plans call for construction of a permanent site in about two years.

About Center for Family Health

The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. It provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.

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