The 501 (c)3 non-profit health center actually came to fruition because of a $900,000 grant that was given this past June via the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, made possible by the newly passed into law Affordable Care Act. A $312,000 renovation was needed to the building before opening it.
Brown adds that the clinic appointment schedule is already filling up, indicating just how badly such a place was necessary.
“Folks are happy that we’re there,” he said. “There’s a demand for the services. It’s easily accessible and folks don’t have to travel out of the community. It’s in their own back yard.”
Lead physician Varon Cantrell came to the location from the Southwest HealthNet center, and says he’s thrilled to be here.
“The first thing I always start by saying is that I really love HealthNet in general,” Cantrell said. “The opportunity to come out to this community for service is what excites me. I believe I’ve been put on this Earth to be a servant and I just look forward to bringing what we do at HealthNet to the west side of town.”
Cantrell said there is a collaboration between the HealthNet center and IU Health West Hospital in Avon in the works where HealthNet will be able to take care of some of the hospital’s patients.
The hours for the health center are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and medical services are guaranteed to be delivered, regardless of an ability to pay. The cost of care is determined on a sliding fee scale and overall family income.
Brown said many of the medical professionals working there received help paying for school, a benefit to working in the HealthNet system.
Same-day appointments will be available at HealthNet West.