More About Community Health Center
Celebrating 13 years of service to our community, the Community Health Center (CHC) continues to serve the uninsured and under-insured, filling the gaps in our health care system.
The CHC has provided medical care to over 12,000 individuals, provided $4 million dollars in free medication to our patients and served almost 2,000 patients in dental. The Community Health Center could not serve without the help of our volunteers, who have provided over 65,000 hours in service to our patients.
The Community Health Clinic of Butler County was founded by Jean Purvis, the wife of a doctor here in Butler. While on vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Jean saw an ad in the local paper, “Thank you for a day of caring - Volunteers in Medicine”. The ad sparked her curiosity. Jean visited the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic. There she learned about Dr. Jack McConnell and how he founded the first VIM clinic in the country.
Dr. McConnell found that many people living on Hilton Head Island had no access to health care or to medications. Wondering why no one did anything about the problem, Dr. McConnell quickly realized that HE should be that someone. Dr. McConnell recruited retired doctors, nurses and other volunteers to provide health care services to those in need at no cost. The first Volunteers in Medicine opened on Hilton Head in 1994 and has been a successful model for many other clinics across the country - 94 as of April 2021!
Community Health Center of Butler County (CHC) is happy to be a part of the VIM model! CHC is a Non-Profit, Volunteer-Powered, Community Funded Health Clinic. The philosophy of CHC is to promote a “culture of caring” emphasizing the use of medical and non-medical volunteers, recognizing that healing begins when patients are treated with dignity and respect. As a Volunteers In Medicine clinic, CHC never charges for any services provided by the clinic.
CHC provides primary medical care including basic dental care, behavioral health care and medications to individuals in our community that are uninsured or underinsured – having limited benefits.
The services we provide at CHC are made possible by many, many dedicated volunteers – doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, educators, dietitians, social workers, clerical staff, etc. and the generosity of our community and donors. Our goal is to provide primary healthcare services - services that are needed to keep our patients healthy so they can care for their families, continue to work and be productive members of the community.
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The Health Center In the News!
Cornerstone Award Dinner
Friday, June 25th, 2021
The Jean B. Purvis Community Cornerstone Award is presented to someone who has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the people of Butler County. On Friday that award was presented to Michael Robb. Mike is the Executive Director of Center for Community Resources, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, the Nonprofit Development Corporation, and Community Partnership. Throughout his years in the nonprofit sector Mike has shown his passion for helping people and deserved the recognition of the Cornerstone Award. The dinner was held at the Butler Country Club and community members from many different agencies across the county attended to show their appreciation for all Mike has done.
To read Mike's full bio and more about the event click here
The majority of our caregivers, both lay and professional are volunteers.
Chris Cassioli, FNP-C
Dr. Michele Mikolajczak
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. J. Gary McHugh
Lauren Dowling, RDH
Larry Hibbs, Rph
Director of Development
Director of Health and Wellness
Our Board of Directors
Senior Consultant, GSB Fundraising
Commercial Lending, Farmers National Bank
President, Nicholas Enterprises, Inc.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Treatment Centers
Marriage and Family Therapist, Retired
North Pittsburgh Telephone, Retired
The Reverend Kimberly van Driel
First English Lutheran Church
BC3 Education Foundation, Retired
Founding Board Member
Jean B. Purvis
Jean Burchinal Purvis
January 28, 1922 - May 31, 2020
Director of Admissions
Butler County Community College
Senior SBA Business Development Officer
Huntington National Bank
Ex-Officio Board Members
Judge Marilyn Horan
United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania