Starting in August, residents of Chester, Newell, New Cumberland and New Manchester as well as the surrounding communities will not have far to travel for medical care and community services. CHANGE, Inc. is opening a satellite facility at 1151 Washington Street in Newell, WV, which will be open Monday thru Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. The new location will provide medical services such as pediatrics, family health, obstetrics, gynecology, and behavioral health services to start, and dental care to follow later on. Also, the office will have available applications and/or information on the other community service programs offered by the agency which include Weatherization, Housing, Domestic Violence, Transportation, Vision Program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, After School and Summer Food Meals for youth, and various other outreach services.
“The medical clinic will be a satellite office of our Weirton facility that will employ 18 to 20 individuals,” stated Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE, Inc. “Currently, we are starting to list the positions available on our agency’s website and social media outlets. The need for this facility in upper Hancock County surfaced through our Community Needs Assessment three years ago,” said Raveaux, “and through that assessment, came a lot of planning and grant writing to make it happen. This medical clinic falls under the Federal Qualified Health Care Center (FQHC) program and makes our fourth site within our service area of Brooke and Hancock County of West Virginia and Jefferson County of Ohio.”
Although the Newell phone number has not yet been determined, anyone needing to set up an appointment for the new location can call the main Family Medical Care number at 304-748-2828. Like CHANGE, Inc.’s other locations, the medical clinic is open to anyone, regardless of their insurance status. As a FQHC, they accept most insurances and provide discounts for medical care to any person that falls at, or below, 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Raveaux said that a Health Benefits Coordinator will be available to work with any individual who feels they might qualify for the discounts. With the facility being open twelve hours a day, Monday-Saturday, walk-ins are also welcomed.
Raveaux also stated that starting immediately, staff will be able to book appointments for Dr. Kailey Littleton, Pediatrician; Dr. Banu Myneni, Family Practice; Dr. Manuel Ballas, OB/GYN; Dr. Diana Carmona, OB/GYN; Dr. Cynthia Gray, OB/GYN; Dr. Satyasagar Morisetty, Internal Medicine/Pulmonary/Obesity; and certified nurse practitioners: Natalie Holden, Paula Knight, Sandra Lang, Lynn Miller, and Jessica Valesko.
For more information on the Newell facility and services that will be available, call CHANGE, Inc.’s administrative office at 304-797-7733 or to book an appointment for the Newell location, call Family Medical Care at 304-748-2828.