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August 17, 2021

Stop the Spread – Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Virtual Form

Our Fetter Health Care Network team is honored to take part in Mt. Moriah Baptist Church’s virtual community form – Stop the Spread: The Truth About COVID-19 and Vaccines.

We hope you’ll join us for this educational opportunity to learn more about frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, vaccine safety and more.

This virtual event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting info is included below:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83542515495?pwd=OXpEdFJ0MWF3NEZtQUNzWFpETXR1dz09

Meeting ID: 835 4251 5495

Passcode: 489061


August 17, 2021

The Importance of Community Health Centers in South Carolina

With millions of Americans struggling to pay health care costs, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have become a vital part of societal wellbeing. 

Community health care centers keep the public safe and healthy while giving patients affordable medical care. Facilities like the Fetter Health Care Network are particularly important in areas around South Carolina in which many people are struggling financially.

What Do Community Health Centers Provide?

Community health centers are important because they provide a number of medical, dental and behavioral health services to patients without the high expenses of traditional clinics. 

FQHC facilities offer affordable payment for low-income households, with options like sliding-fee scales. For many people in the community, medical care would be inaccessible without options like these.

Fetter offers a wide range of medical services to the community including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Primary care visits
  • Annual physicals
  • Family planning
  • Immunizations
  • Internal medicine
  • Diagnostic laboratory testing
  • Pediatric preventive care
  • Well-child visits
  • Developmental assessments
  • ADHD and autism screenings
  • Asthma screenings
  • Obstetric services
  • Cervical cancer screenings
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Behavioral health assessments
  • Mental illness treatment

Centers like Fetter also offer dental services, including annual teeth cleanings, fillings, extractions, emergency dental care and more.

South Carolina and Affordable Health Care

As of 2017, more than 15% of South Carolina residents were living below the poverty line. The difficulty of getting proper medical care causes these residents to have the highest incidence of health issues. This is usually the result of poor finances and a lack of medical facilities in their area. 

For this reason, community health centers have become increasingly important in states like South Carolina. With these centers, medical services become more accessible and affordable for the entire community.

Community health care centers like Fetter are crucial for South Carolina residents, particularly those who live in the most rural areas. As of 2018, an estimated 20% of people living in rural areas received their medical care from a community health center. Without FQHCs, residents would not receive the medical care that they need. This would lead to a higher incidence of serious health concerns and mortality for rural community members.

For some residents, FQHCs are the only medical facilities within a reasonable distance of their homes. For many, FQHCs are the only affordable medical facilities within a reasonable distance. This makes it all the more vital to have quality community health centers in states with rural communities.

Receiving Medical Care at Fetter Health Care Network

If you are in need of affordable medical care in the Lowcountry, look no further than Fetter Health Care Network. Fetter is the oldest federally qualified health center in the state, providing quality health and dental services for over 53 years. 

At Fetter, we offer medical services to all patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. With various clinics throughout Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties, residents from almost any area of the Lowcountry can reach a Fetter clinic for medical care. For more information, request an appointment today.

 


National Health Center Week 2021

August 3, 2021

Fetter Health Care Network celebrates National Health Center Week, August 8 – 14

Fetter Health Care Network (Fetter), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), announced it will be taking part in National Health Center Week August 8 through 14, a national celebration for community health centers in the U.S. Throughout the week, Fetter’s team will hold special celebrations honoring patients, community members, its staff and more.

“Each year, we are honored to take part in National Health Center Week, emphasizing the importance of community health centers throughout our nation,” said Aretha R. Powers, DHA, CEO of Fetter. “From celebrating our patients to honoring our dedicated health care heroes, this week shines a light on the value of FQHCs here in the Lowcountry and beyond.”

This annual week-long event is hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network. The celebratory week seeks to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers, featuring a different theme each day that recognizes the positive impact health centers bring to U.S. communities.

For this year’s celebration, Fetter will be hosting a variety of events and initiatives to commemorate each day:

  • Sunday, August 8 – Public Health in Housing Day – Fetter is serving friends and neighbors in nearby public housing communities. (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Monday, August 9 – Healthcare for the Homeless Day – Exams and screenings will be provided through Fetter’s mobile care unit and its Case Management team will offer prizes, giveaways and health education opportunities. (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 10 – Agricultural Worker Health Day – Fetter is serving migrant workers and families in the Colleton County area. (4 – 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 11 – Patient Appreciation Day – Patients will receive snacks, prizes and giveaways. (12 – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 12 – Stakeholder Appreciation Day – Fetter’s board of directors will be honored at each of its locations. (12 – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 13 – Health Center Staff Appreciation Day – Team members will be recognized through certificates of appreciation, gifts and giveaways. (12 – 2 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 14 – Children’s Health Day – Fetter will host a Back-to-School Bash at Gethsemani Community Center (2449 Beacon St. Charleston, SC) from 1 – 5 p.m., featuring prizes, giveaways, food, COVID-19 vaccines, health exams and more.

“This year’s celebration will end with a community-wide event at Gethsemani Community Center,” said Powers. “Our Back-to-School Bash will be fun for families of all ages and we’ll be distributing school supplies, COVID-19 vaccines and offering other educational opportunities as we look forward to the school year.”

A large focus of National Health Center Week is emphasizing the value that community health centers bring to communities year-round, spanning beyond COVID-19 efforts.

“Many of our community members have come to recognize the Fetter name through our COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts over the past year and a half,” said Dr. Powers. “It’s our honor to serve our community in this capacity throughout the pandemic. We also want our community members to know our services go far beyond COVID-19 and that we are your one-stop shop for all of your health care needs year-round.”

For more information on Fetter’s National Health Center Week’s efforts, follow along on the organization’s social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about Fetter’s health care services, visit FetterHealthCare.org.


 

Fetter Health Care Network is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center receives HHS funding and has federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

 

51 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403 Phone 843-722-4112

© Copyright Fetter Health Care Network | 2022

51 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403 Phone 843-722-4112

Fetter Health Care Network is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center receives HHS funding and has federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

© Copyright Fetter Health Care Network | 2022