Monday, August 1, 2016, CHANGE, Inc. opened a satellite facility at 1151 Washington Street in Newell, WV, to better address the barriers to care of the rural communities of upper Hancock County. The new location, which is open Monday thru Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm, will provide medical services such as pediatrics, family health, obstetrics, gynecology, and behavioral health services to start, and dental care to follow later on. The office will also have available applications and 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 is a satellite office of our Weirton facility and generated 30 new hires for the area,” stated Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE, Inc. “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. The 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.”
Like CHANGE, Inc.’s other locations, the medical clinic is open to anyone, regardless of their insurance status. As a FQHC, they accept most insurance and provide discounts for medical care to any person that falls at, or below, 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Raveaux said that our Community Services 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 thru Saturday, walk-ins are also welcomed.
Raveaux mentioned 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, services that are available, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 304-459-4010.