City Mission Collaborates with Centerville Clinics

City Mission's Medical Clinic - showing an examination table within an examination room

Centerville Clinics is On-Site with City Mission Four Days per Week - Making a Major Difference in the Health of Residents

“This collaboration is a dream come true,” Leah Dietrich, City Mission’s Director of Residential Programs, said of their new collaboration with Centerville Clinics. “Many of our residents come to us with complex medical issues and need help to work through them and get to the root of the issue, which requires follow-up and active care from a primary care doctor. Centerville Clinics is on-site with us four days a week, and they help our residents address their chronic health concerns and remove that barrier from their lives.  This is a life-changing service and we’re so grateful to work with these physicians.”

A doctor on load from Centerville Clinics examines a City Mission resident inside the Mission's Medical Center
City Mission resident visiting the medical clinic

Since early November, Centerville Clinics has been providing medical care on-site to City Mission residents four days a week.  “It’s been really great,” said City Mission’s Manager of Medical Services, Colleen Riker.  “The continuity of care is so much better.  Centerville Clinics can order and re-order medications quickly and make referrals, so there’s no lag in care or in medication regimens.  ”Even after just one month, Riker is already seeing marked improvement in the quality of healthcare City Mission residents are able to receive. “Our residents have so many things going on with mental health issues or issues related to drug and alcohol recovery,” she said. “They have a longer list of things they might not even have realized were problems, because they were being masked by their addictions.  And here, the Centerville Clinics Primary Care Physicians can spend more time with them to help address those needs.

”According to their website, Centerville Clinics started in 1955 as one-building treatment center.  Since then, they have grown into the fifth largest federally-qualified health center in Pennsylvania with eleven locations in Washington, Fayette, and Greene counties.  As a federally-qualified health center, they provide “comprehensive primary care, dental, and mental health services to people in all spectrums of their life.  ”A few years ago, when City Mission was in the construction process for their new medical facility, Washington Hospital recommended collaborating with a federally-qualified health center to best serve their residents’ health needs.

About nine months ago, City Mission reached out to Centerville Clinics.  Now, this partnership is finally a reality.  “This service provides our residents with high-quality healthcare even if they are uninsured or underinsured, and often times, this care changes lives,” Dietrich explained.  “Having Centerville right on site, means not having to provide transportation or being concerned about how residents will get to and from appointments.  It is accessible, affordable, and addresses all of their needs.  

”About City Mission: For over 75 years, City Mission has sheltered, healed, and restored the homeless to independent living—without discrimination.  City Mission’s comprehensive program addresses both short-term needs like food and shelter, and long-term needs, including drug and alcohol counseling, mental health and medical treatment, legal aid, and employment training.  City Mission’s goal is to help each man, woman, mother with children, or veteran who walks through our doors to become a healthy, productive member of society.  With your help, we can help our residents renew their lives.  

About Centerville Clinics: Centerville Clinics Provides Total Health Care for the Entire Community. Centerville Clinics is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a non-profit community-based health organization.  An FQHC provides comprehensive primary care, dental and mental health services to people in all spectrums of their life.  Centerville Clinics also assists patients to access specialty and hospital care services not available at the center.  Centerville Clinics provides total healthcare to the entire community through a network of 11 community medical, dental, and behavioral health offices serving Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties.  We are the 5th largest FQHC out of 46 in the state of Pennsylvania. Centerville Clinics is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% of clinic patients and functions under the supervision of the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

December 5, 2019
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