Community Health Center

Community Health Center

What is a Community Health Center (CHC)?

A community health center is a public or private non-profit health care organization that follows specific federal requirements in order to

  • Serve communities that are medically underserved,
  • Provide health care and support services are that affordable, with fees adjusted based on ability to pay,
  • Demonstrate clinical and financial management that is sound, and
  • Be governed by a board, with a majority of members being served by the health center.

Who do they impact?

Community Health Centers provide affordable, high quality health care services to individuals of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately 1 in 15 people across the U.S. receive medical care from a community health center.

Why Choose a CHC?

  • Health Care Home - your doctor knows you. You can be seen even if you lose health insurance.
  • Compassion - At Hope, we strive to be considerate of our patients' life circumstances
  • Convenience - One-stop shop for financial counseling, doctor's visit, behavioral health care and pharmacy
  • Pay It Forward - Insured patients can feel good knowing billing income from their visit supports the medical care of someone less fortunate.

HopeHealth's Role as a CHC

As one of 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Carolina and more than 1,200 nationwide, HopeHealth is able to offer reduced fees to the uninsured through a sliding fee scale. HopeHealth services include primary health care for all patients ages and a variety of special services.

Our more than 34 physicians and nurse practitioners are located in 12 locations across three counties and provided care for 106,853 medical visits in 2014; almost one third of the 340,000-plus visits in 160 care sites state-wide.

HopeHealth Medical Plaza

360 North Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501

Phone: 843.667.9414
Toll-free: 888.841.5855

Please visit our Patients section to learn more about the services we offer.

Our affiliations

South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
The unifying organization for Community Health Centers (CHCs) in South Carolina is the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA). The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association was incorporated in 1979 and staffed after receiving 501©(3) designation in 1985 in response to a need to get health care services into medically underserved areas of South Carolina. The mission of the SCPHCA is to provide a coordinating structure to assure access to community-based primary, behavioral and other health care to every community in South Carolina.

Learn more about the SCPHCA.

National Association of Community Health Centers
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve 20 million people at more than 7,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Health centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy.

To address these needs, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. NACHC works with a network of state health center and primary care organizations to serve health centers in a variety of ways:

  • Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients.
  • Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers.
  • Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards.
  • Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery of primary health care services to communities in need.

Learn more about the NACHC.

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Community Health Center

Community Health Center

What is a Community Health Center (CHC)?

A community health center is a public or private non-profit health care organization that follows specific federal requirements in order to

  • Serve communities that are medically underserved,
  • Provide health care and support services are that affordable, with fees adjusted based on ability to pay,
  • Demonstrate clinical and financial management that is sound, and
  • Be governed by a board, with a majority of members being served by the health center.

Who do they impact?

Community Health Centers provide affordable, high quality health care services to individuals of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately 1 in 15 people across the U.S. receive medical care from a community health center.

Why Choose a CHC?

  • Health Care Home - your doctor knows you. You can be seen even if you lose health insurance.
  • Compassion - At Hope, we strive to be considerate of our patients' life circumstances
  • Convenience - One-stop shop for financial counseling, doctor's visit, behavioral health care and pharmacy
  • Pay It Forward - Insured patients can feel good knowing billing income from their visit supports the medical care of someone less fortunate.

HopeHealth's Role as a CHC

As one of 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Carolina and more than 1,200 nationwide, HopeHealth is able to offer reduced fees to the uninsured through a sliding fee scale. HopeHealth services include primary health care for all patients ages and a variety of special services.

Our more than 34 physicians and nurse practitioners are located in 12 locations across three counties and provided care for 106,853 medical visits in 2014; almost one third of the 340,000-plus visits in 160 care sites state-wide.

HopeHealth Medical Plaza

360 North Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501

Phone: 843.667.9414
Toll-free: 888.841.5855

Please visit our Patients section to learn more about the services we offer.

Our affiliations

South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
The unifying organization for Community Health Centers (CHCs) in South Carolina is the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA). The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association was incorporated in 1979 and staffed after receiving 501©(3) designation in 1985 in response to a need to get health care services into medically underserved areas of South Carolina. The mission of the SCPHCA is to provide a coordinating structure to assure access to community-based primary, behavioral and other health care to every community in South Carolina.

Learn more about the SCPHCA.

National Association of Community Health Centers
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve 20 million people at more than 7,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Health centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy.

To address these needs, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. NACHC works with a network of state health center and primary care organizations to serve health centers in a variety of ways:

  • Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients.
  • Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers.
  • Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards.
  • Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery of primary health care services to communities in need.

Learn more about the NACHC.



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