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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Community Health Center (CHC)?


CHC is a Volunteers in Medicine (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?


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 clinics are in the United States?


As of October 2021, there are 95 member clinics from 26 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 members of the local community, hand-in-hand with prominent members of the medical community.

In 2018 on our 10th Anniversary of service, the name was changed to honor our founder, Jean B. Purvis.


Who operates the Community Health Center?


CHC operates with 1 full-time Executive Director, 8 part-time paid staff and over 60 volunteers under the guidance of a community-based Executive Committee and Board of Directors.


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 focused on the volunteers’ specific talents, interests and abilities.


What services are provided at the Community Health Center?


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


Who is eligible for care at the Community Health Center?


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

* If you or someone you know is in need of health care, please contact us: 724-841-0980


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 Independence Health System involved in the Community Health Center?


Independence Health System (IHS) 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. IHS continues to be a partner with CHC by providing financial support as well as goods and services.


How is the Community Health Center financed?


CHC is 100% community funded - community contributions, fundraising events, 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:


A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the

Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.


Have additional questions?


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

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