When it comes to choosing the right type of healthcare, there are plenty of options to choose from and last year, Kent County was offered a new option. Westside Family Healthcare now has an office in Dover, at 1020 Forrest Ave. According to Kia Evans, public information officer for the county, members of Westside Family Healthcare will make a presentation to Kent County Levy Court on Tuesday night.
"We want to remind folks about the services we offer and update them on our dental program," said Sarah Noonan, deputy director of Westside Family Healthcare.
The organization received a federal grant in May to add a dental facility in what is now a vacant lot adjacent to Westside's current facility. According to Noonan, the organization hopes to have the project completed by 2015.
Aside from potential dental care the federally qualified, non-profit health center has been open for a year and a half. Westside has four other offices in Delaware, all located in New Castle County. According to a company presentation, it is Delaware's largest community health center.
The health care center offers everything from pediatrics, to OBGYN, to dental and behavioral healthcare, Noonan said. The facility also has a physician that is on call 24 hours a day.
"We've known for years that the Dover community has been severely underserved in the areas of primary medical care and dental. We knew that the community would greatly benefit from a facility," Noonan said.
The facility will also offer care for migrant workers. The staff includes bilingual and bicultural outreach workers, clinicians and nurses. The services are offered at the Dover facility and through a mobile team.
According to a company presentation, the facility accepts private insurance but also works with those who do not have insurance. Once patients bring proof of their income or documentation that they do not have an income, Westside uses a sliding scale based on income and family size to determine how much patients will pay. The care of uninsured patients is funded primarily through grant money.
"Our mission is to provide equal access to quality health care, regardless of ability to pay."
Westside Family Healthcare's Outreach Manager, Charita Olabiyi, will make the presentation to Levy Court at the government body's committee meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday.