WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (7/24/13) - When Dr. Tristan Lineberry set up his office in the Providence Trover Clinic on July 17, 1983, he was a young resident just starting his career. In the years since a lot of things has changed, but two things have stayed the same. Dr. Lineberry continues to work to do what's best for his patients, and he still sits at the same desk, in the same office that he had on his first day.
“I really liked the Trover Clinic system, so I decided to stay in Providence,” said Lineberry. “Over the years things changed and they changed their concept. I think CHC puts it back the way it should be.”
When Trover Health started scaling back it’s clinic system, the future of the Providence Clinic was in question. That was when Health First CHC stepped in and took over the practice.
“I am just thankful that Dr. Lineberry decided to stay when we became CHC,” said Sharon Steedly, the President and spokesperson for the Health First Board.
Health First is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC.) Although they are not a new concept, FQHCs are new to this area. They receive federal funding, which allows them to have a sliding rate scale to assist patients who have a limited ability to pay, as well as patients with insurance and a means to pay for health care.
“We should see everybody,” said Lineberry. “We’re not responsible to give them what they want. We’re supposed to give them what they need, what’s best for them. That’s what we try to do.”
“Dr. Lineberry is a strong advocate for evidence based medicine,” said Bill Smith, the CEO of Health First CHC. “We track our efforts on a multitude of quality indicators and our success in that arena is attributable to his enthusiasm for it and willingness to work with our Director of Quality Improvement, Shelley Gobin, to infuse that into our business model.”
The Health First CHC staff celebrated Dr. Lineberry’s 30th anniversary last Wednesday in the basement of the Providence clinic.
J-E News Editor
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