What is a health center?
Health centers are places where anyone can receive primary care even if they cannot afford to pay the full charge. This health center is also known as a FQHC – a Federally Qualified Health Center. This means that we are required to offer certain basic medical, dental, and mental health services to the residents of Norwalk in return for grant dollars from the federal and state governments. The health center must also comply with many federal and state standards designed to help ensure quality and access for all patients, without discrimination.
What is primary care?
There are four medical specialties that represent primary care. These are family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. Here is what each one can do for you:
Is the health center free?
The health center is not free. All patients are expected to pay something, unless covered by insurance. How much you will pay depends on your proven income and assets. NCHC has two full-time eligibility workers who will work with you to determine how much of a discount you will get at the center when you receive care.
How do I become a patient?
All new patients must register at the health center and meet with our eligibility staff before seeing a health care practitioner, unless already covered by verifiable insurance. Our staff will help you make an appointment with the eligibility department, and will explain what documents you must bring at that time. Once you have had that visit you will be able to make an appointment.
What is a resident?
Residents are doctors who have completed medical school and have their medical degree, and who are now training in a particular specialty. At NCHC we collaborate with Norwalk Hospital in bringing an Internal Medicine Residency Program to the health center in addition to our own employed staff physicians and Nurse Practitioners. The Residents will focus exclusively on adult medicine for their three years of training at the health center; at the completion of this advanced training they become board eligible internists who can see patients anywhere in the United States. All residents work under the supervision of full-time physician faculty as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Norwalk Community Health Center.
Do you have a pharmacy?
NCHC has a fully stocked pharmacy on site, directly adjacent to the adult medicine department.
What about specialty care?
NCHC has some specialty care on site. For patients with diabetes or other endocrine problems, we offer an endocrine clinic every Tuesday and Thursday morning. For patients who are HIV+ or Living with AIDs, we offer an Infectious Disease Clinic every other Wednesday morning as well as ongoing primary care with our Adult Nurse Practitioner who focuses exclusively on serving this population. Other specialty services are available by referral to the specialty clinics at Norwalk Hospital or Yale.
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