GREENVILLE, Ky. — Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky is a nonprofit, locally-governed, federally-qualified, community-based health organization.

According to Jessica Browning, head of marketing and kynector, the center is set up to serve community members that may not have medical insurance.

"We serve the community and those that may not have access to medical care," said Browning. "We have a sliding scale discount program which is based upon personal income and the number of people living in a household. This is compared to the federal poverty level to determine the price of services received by the patient."

According to Browning, since Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky is nonprofit, it receives federal monies to aid in providing services to the community.

"The centers also accept people with private insurance and those that have Medicare and Medicaid," said Browning. "For those that are having problems affording their prescriptions, we have a 340 B program, which may help lower prescription costs for those with no insurance. This cost savings is dependent on the type of medication needed."

According to Chief Executive Officer Roger Arbuckle, the local governing board consists of members from Muhlenberg and Logan counties.

The local board members are Billy Steele, Julie Hansen, Cary Davis, Rosemary Buck, Andrehia Hatfield, Elizabeth Gentry, Richard Neathamer, Cindy Baird, Elizabeth Eaves and Molly Alward.

"There are 21 community health centers in Kentucky with over 100 sites," said Arbuckle. "Each health center is locally governed through a board which consists of patients of each of the centers. Currently, Community Health Centers serve 315,000 patients in Kentucky."

Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky has three locations in Muhlenberg County and one location in Logan County.

Community Health Centers maintains a family practice clinic at 480 Hopkinsville Street in Greenville adjacent to the hospital. The medical services at this clinic are provided by Jackie Kirby, APRN, Kim Pendley, APRN, and Barry Groves, APRN. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Pediatrics and Kids Express clinic is at 504 Hopkinsville Street in Greenville. The Pediatrics Clinic is staffed by Dr. Susan Hawkins and Dr. Billie Galyen and appointments are required. The Kids Express Clinic is open to walk-in patients that need immediate attention but may not be able to schedule a visit with their regular doctor. The clinic is run by Randa Brumfield, APRN. The Pediatrics Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while the Kids Express clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky also maintains a clinic for internal medicine and gynecology at 226 Hopkinsville Street in Greenville. The center is staffed by gynecologist Dr. David Conatser and internist Dr. William McGhee. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fourth clinic is located in Russellville at 975 Hopkinsville Road. It is a Pediatrics and Family Practice clinic. Dr. Natalie Hutton is the pediatrician for the clinic. Tracy Barker APRN and Rhonda Barrineau, APRN, provide treatment for the family practice side of the clinic. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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