Indianapolis, IN---The Jane Pauley Community Health Center, which opened its first location at the Renaissance School in Warren Township in 2009, is expanding to five additional sites on the east side of Indianapolis, increasing access to healthcare for a medically underserved population. The center has opened a new location at 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue, in addition to expanding sites of care to four existing Community Health Network school-based clinics at the following schools: Howe, Hawthorne, Brook Park and Shelbyville. The Jane Pauley Community Health Center is an independent Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), with a strong affiliation with Community Health Network.
“I am honored and excited to be part of this innovative approach to quality healthcare access,” said Jane Pauley, former Today anchor and east side Indianapolis native. “Lending my name to the first of these facilities—not just in my hometown—but in my neighborhood—was indescribably meaningful to me. The subsequent growth of the initiative far exceeded my imagination, but now I see even greater potential.”
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center-Shadeland provides primary care, in addition to a full-service clinic for women and their children. The center offers patients a more well-rounded experience, with the integration of mental health, nutrition and social work services. The facility is located at a Community Health Network pavilion location and is a designated FQHC. Services are delivered regardless of ability to pay and the cost of care is based on a sliding fee scale and family income. In addition to providing healthcare for an underserved population, the center focuses on the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiac disease and depression.
“Our mission at Community Health Network is to provide coordinated, integrated care that’s convenient and easy to use,” said Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network. “We believe expanding the successful Jane Pauley Community Health Center model in Indianapolis will allow us to fulfill our mission, while providing exceptional healthcare within a medical home environment.”
Since opening its doors in September 2009, the original Jane Pauley center site has experienced a 39% increase in the number of patients seen each year. In addition, nearly 6,000 students have been treated at the school-based clinic locations during the past year.
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center Dental Clinic officially opens in March 2013, providing affordable dental care, as well as training opportunities for Warren Township vocational students and students from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The dental clinic will open at the Walker Career Center at Warren Central High School.
About The Jane Pauley Community Health Center
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center opened its doors in September 2009 to provide primary health services to eastside residents, regardless of income or insurance coverage. Services are provided on a discounted basis based on the patient’s household income. Eastside Indianapolis native and former NBC news anchor Jane Pauley lent her name to the facility as an advocate for accessible healthcare services for people underserved by traditional healthcare models. The center offers a full range of services including primary healthcare, case management, prescription assistance and behavioral health services, while also focusing on the management of chronic diseases. The Center is able to provide all of these in both English and Spanish. The mission of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center is to promote a healthy community through the provision of accessible, respectful and collaborative primary healthcare to any and all individuals and families.
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.