New health center funded for Franklin

Published 12:03 pm Friday, August 21, 2015

Southeastern Virginia Health System has received funding to open a federally qualified health center in Franklin.

“We are so excited,” said Angela Futrell, CEO of SEVHS. “This is a wonderful opportunity for all!”

SEVHS has been operating for 35 years and has locations in Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Matthews County.

The company provides primary and dental care to individuals and families and services in areas of family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

“We will see patients for primary care according to their income and family size if they are uninsured. Of course, we accept all commercial insurances,” Futrell said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring employment opportunities to the community in addition to much needed health care for the underserved.

“During the first year we will open with a family practice physician and a pediatrician. Support staff will also be on hand to include nurses, health educator, outreach staff, licensed clinical social worker and pharmacy assistance coordinator,” she continued. “The support staff will assist patients with enroll into the Marketplace (ACA), pharmacy assistance programs for the indigent and other needed social resources.”

According to Futrell, federal requirements require them to have the health center open within 120 days.

SEVHS hopes they will serve at least 3,000 individuals during the first year.