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During the February 11 th , County Commissioners Meeting, Ms. Belinda Johnson-Cornett, MS, RN-BC, MBA addressed the board on behalf of Osceola Community Health Services with a presentation on Primary Care Medical Services. Osceola Community Health Services (OCHS) was awarded federal funding and the FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) status in April 2017. On September 15, 2017, OCHS transitioned officially from the DOH as a freestanding non-profit entity.

As part of the Primary Care Medical Services, OCHS accepts all major insurances including Medicaid and Medicare. They also provided care to those who are uninsured and underinsured, with a sliding fee scale that is based on ability to pay. This is crucial because 52% of Osceola County’s residents are uninsured. Federal funding helps to subsidize the care Osceola Community Health Services provides. This funding is equivalent to about only 20% if their revenue, with the remainder of the revenue coming from patient visits and local county support. The cost of subsidized care for zero pay patients during 2017 – 2018 totaled $1, 679,828. The total number of patients during 2017 – 2018 came to 36, 547 which includes Adult and Child Health, Dental, and Maternity. Total visits from those patients were 87, 762.

Osceola Community Health Services recently received the HRSA-CARE Grant allowing them to purchase a portable x-ray machine, provided ultrasounds for pregnant women who are uninsured or underinsured, and expand their Woman’s Health Services. They were also able to purchase a vehicle for mobile dental services thanks to the Florida Hospital CHIC Grant. Now patients who are unable to drive can still receive dental care in the comfort of their own homes.

The Florida Association of Community Health Centers has determined the overall estimated economic impact of Osceola Community Health Services in 2018 was $16.4 million. OCHS acts as a valuable employer, accounting for 161 jobs in 2018 with 106 positions at the seven locations and 55 additional indirect/induced jobs as a result of re-spending of monies throughout the community.

Needless to say, Osceola Community Health Services is providing locations where everyone is entitled to the best quality medical services. They continue to make a positive difference in the community by building a healthier future, one patient at a time.