New community health center making ‘slow and steady’ growth in first six months

After nearly six months of operation, Community Health and Wellness Partners of Logan County is now on its feet and looking to expand the scope of services it can offer to local residents.


Registered nurse Carol Buck, right, leaves the nurses’ station at the new Community Health and Wellness Partners of Logan County office at 4879 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, as nurses, LeAnn Brunson, right, and Stacey Johnston work Wednesday afternoon. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The new medical resource, which was made possible by a $1.4 million federal grant announced late last year, began operating March 1 as an evolution of the former Mad River Family Practice.

The goal is to provide affordable and accessible health care services to all Logan County residents regardless of their insurance plans or ability to pay, CEO Tara Wagner said.

Since becoming a federally-qualified health center in March, Community Health and Wellness has increased the number of Medicaid patients it sees by 7.5 percent and the number of self-pay patients by 45 percent.

“We want to serve the entire community regardless of who their health care payer is,” Ms. Wagner said. “It’s been slow and steady growth, but we are now able to offer a full range of primary care, including obstetrics and we hope to expand our schedule soon to include same-day visits.”



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