Perry County Medical Center, Inc. has been providing comprehensive primary health care to the people of Perry County since November 26, 1979. It began as the vision of a small group of Lion’s Club members who were interested in improving access to healthcare services to people living in Perry County. After several months of planning this group of community leaders partnered with the National Health Service Corp to recruit medical providers.
The group incorporated as a not-for-profit and applied for a Rural Health Initiative Grant from the Federal Government and received funding to establish Perry County Medical Center. The county funded a new 7,200 square foot building which was completed in November of 1979. Through the years Perry County Medical Center has continued to grow and provide quality health services to anyone seeking medical care at our facility regardless of their ability to pay for these services.
What is a community health center?
Also referred to as an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center), a community health center is a public or non-profit organization that receives federal funding under section 330 of the Public Health Services (PHS) Act.
The essential elements defining an FQHC:
Located in or serving a high-need community, i.e. "medically underserved areas".
Provide comprehensive primary care services, as well as support that promote access to health care.
Services must be available to all residents of the service areas, and while not a free clinic, have fees adjusted based on patients' ability to pay.
Governed by a community board with a majority of members being patients of the health center.
Must meet performance and accountability requirements regarding their administrative, clinical, and financial operations.
Three Rivers Community Health Group was organized in order to facilitate growth and operate as the Governing Board for the federally funded non-profit community health centers. In 2007, federal grants provided an opportunity to establish a satellite clinic in Lyles, Tennessee in Hickman County. Three Rivers Community Health – Hickman began operating in an existing facility located next to the Dickson Apothecary East.
To meet the growing need in Hickman County, the Board of Directors obtained a USDA Loan to increase capacity; building a new addition with four provider wings and the onsite lab was enlarged. In 2011, with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the original facility was renovated and approximately 2,000 square feet of additional space was added to include basic dental services and a training/conference room.
In 2011, both clinics embraced Electronic Medical Records to safely and securely store medical information. This allows Providers and Care Teams to access patient information and coordinate care to bring about better patient experiences and improve quality of care.