Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive services at the Community Health Center?


The first step is to complete an application. Applications are available on our website: (top left-hand corner of the home page).  Applications are also available at the Center 24/7. If the office is closed, there is a box to the left-hand side of our door that applications can be picked up and/or returned.


What is the Community Health Center (CHC)?


CHC is a Volunteers in Medicine America (VIM) clinic: Non-Profit, Volunteer-Powered, Community-Funded Health Clinic. Our mission and vision – our goal is to provide primary integrated healthcare services for neighbors in Butler County, PA and surrounding communities, serving as a vital link in the local healthcare network by providing skilled and compassionate medical, dental and behavioral health care as we partner with other community resources to facilitate healing and hope for those who seek our help. As a Volunteers in Medicine clinic, there is never a charge for the services provided by CHC.


What is Volunteers in Medicine America?


VIM is a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and community volunteers within a culture of caring to improve access to health care for America’s underserved. Volunteers in Medicine clinics, also known as the VIM Alliance, are the result of community-directed initiatives. To thrive and succeed, a VIM clinic needs to be woven into the fabric of the community.


How many Volunteers in Medicine America clinics are in the United States?


As of June 2020, there are 92 member clinics from 30 states in the VIM Alliance.


Who established the Community Health Center in Butler, PA?


CHC was originally established in 2008 as the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, founded by Jean B. Purvis and members of the local community, hand-in-hand with prominent members of the medical community.


Who operates the Community Health Center?


The staff and volunteers are local members of our community. CHC operates with 1 full-time paid staff, 9 part-time paid staff and over 80 volunteers.


What types of volunteers are needed at the Community Health Center?


CHC relies on the time and talent of active and retired physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dentists, dental assistants and hygienists, pharmacists, dietitians, case managers, office and clerical support, fundraisers, outreach and more! All volunteers receive training and orientation geared toward the volunteers’ specific talents, interests and abilities.


What services are provided at the Community Health Center?


CHC provides primary medical care, basic dental care, behavioral health services and health & wellness education.


Who is eligible for care at the Community Health Center?


Typically, CHC serves patients between the ages of 19 - 64 and do not have health insurance. A patient might have insurance, but does not yet have a doctor. In Dental, CHC is proud to serve Veterans ages 19+.

* If you or someone you know is in need of health care, please contact us.


What are the hours of operation?


Monday - Thursday            8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday                                    8:00 am - 2:00 pm

* Clinical and dental hours may vary based on volunteer availability


How is the Butler Health System involved in the Community Health Center?


Butler Health System (BHS) has long been a provider of non-profit healthcare services to the medically underserved by providing free care to those with no insurance or the ability to pay for services. BHS continues to be a significant partner with CHC by providing financial support as well as goods and services.


How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect the Community Health Center?


The short answer is, our patient base may change, but our mission will not. CHC fills the gaps in healthcare. Our goal is not necessarily to be the long-term health care provider or to duplicate services, but to take care of our patient’s needs, help our patient to attain stability, then - when appropriate - help our patient transition to a paid provider through state insurance, to insurance through an employer, or finding an affordable health insurance option.


How is the Community Health Center financed?


CHC is 100% community funded - community contributions, grants and gifts-in-kind.


How can I make a donation to the Community Health Center?


CHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by mailing a check to:


                Jean B. Purvis Community Health Center

                103 Bonnie Drive

                Butler, PA 16002


Or via credit card through our website:


Have additional questions?


Please feel free to contact us at 724-841-0980 or