BANGOR and JACKMAN, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care is pleased to announce that the primary care practice, Jackman Region Health Center, located at 376 Main St., Jackman, will be joining the PCHC family, Maine’s largest, and only Joint Commission Accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). PCHC received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the New Access Point which will offer primary medical care and integrated mental health services, as well as dental hygiene to people of all ages regardless of ability to pay. Through the support of this federal grant, PCHC is able to preserve vital primary care and emergency health care services for the people of the Jackman region, whose nearest alternative for health care is over an hour away.
Ken Schmidt, MPA, President and CEO of PCHC said, “PCHC is honored to work collaboratively with the Jackman community, and with MaineGeneral Health, to continue to build on the services of Jackman Region Health Center, and its high quality physician and physician assistant. PCHC strongly believes that by providing robust, comprehensive and integrated primary care, people can become healthier, unnecessary ER and hospital bed usage can be dramatically lowered, and the overall cost of health care can be reduced”
Nona Boyink, Senior Vice President, MaineGeneral Health, states, “MaineGeneral has had a strong commitment to the people of Jackman through the Jackman Region Health Center for more than 30 years. We are so please to be able to work in partnership with PCHC to extend their well proven rural health care delivery capabilities into this remote area. Introducing Federally Qualified Health Center services will expand and improve upon the care available to Jackman residents and the surrounding area.”
PCHC, a non-profit organization founded in 1997, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the Greater Bangor area and in Waldo County. Its purpose is to ensure access to comprehensive and integrated out-patient health care services to those on MaineCare, Medicare and those both with and without insurance – regardless of their ability to pay. PCHC is recognized as a leader among the nation’s Community Health Centers, and has been named an “exemplar practice” by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s leading health care foundation. PCHC practices are staffed by about 200 clinicians including medical and dental practitioners, mental health providers, physical therapists, pharmacists, and medical specialists. PCHC will provide over 400,000 patient visits for almost 70,000 patients in 2014. Its four largest practices in Bangor, Brewer, and Old Town are open seven days a week, including all day Saturday and Sunday and weekday evenings by appointment and through four Walk-In Care Clinics, for the convenience of its patients, and the public.
PCHC has sixteen practices and program service sites in the Bangor area, plus one in Belfast, offering a wide range of services including family medicine, dental, pediatrics, geriatrics, nursing home care, psychiatry, mental health and substance abuse services, physical therapy, lab, x-ray, pharmacy and healthcare for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. In addition, PCHC has a team of medical specialists who deliver a wide range of specialty services including allergy, gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, dermatology and osteopathic manipulative therapy. All PCHC services are provided with a sliding fee scale based on income through its Affordable Care Program to make certain that everyone can obtain the healthcare services they need. About 7% of PCHC’s budget is funded by Federal operating grants.