Residents of Huron County will soon have access to expanded health care services, including but not limited to, behavioral health, primary and dental care, through a partnership formed between Fisher-Titus and Family Health Services.
In November, Family Health Services will open a behavioral health practice in Norwalk as its first service offering in Huron County. The medical professionals and counselors will bring additional mental and behavioral health service options for area residents.
Fisher-Titus will continue to offer behavioral health services in Norwalk, with expanded counselor offerings available at Norwalk Primary Care and Fisher-Titus Pediatrics.
Family Health Service is currently improving the health of the communities they serve by addressing the physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being through a Patient Centered Medical Home. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, they provide care to all residents of the communities they serve, regardless of their ability to pay. Family Health Services accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and all insurance carriers. A sliding fee scale is used for patients who do not have insurance or whose insurance coverage fails to take care of the bills, and pricing is adjusted based on a patient’s ability to pay.
“We are so excited to be a part of Huron County, creating access and continuity to care is our mission,” said David Tatro, chief executive officer of Family Health Services. “This partnership with Fisher-Titus will allow us to provide health and wellness services to all residents of this county. We’ve had great success in the surrounding counties with our four locations and look forward to bringing that same quality care without barriers to care for Huron County.”
In addition to behavioral health, Family Health Services and Fisher-Titus are working together to bring other needed health services and resources to the community. Currently, work is being completed on architectural and design elements for the former Food Town building, located at 265 Benedict Avenue, directly across from the Medical Center, that will eventually house Family Health Services as well.
The former Food Town building is owned by Fisher-Titus and is currently used as a storage facility. In addition to the Family Health services space, the building will house a Business Operations Center for Fisher-Titus consolidating departments that are not currently located on the Fisher-Titus campus. Anytime Fitness will remain open during construction and will not be impacted by this build out.
“As we continually look for ways to provide the right care, right here for the residents of our community, working alongside Family Health Services just makes sense,” said Dr. Brent Burkey, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus. “According to our 2020 Huron County Community Health Assessment, almost 8% of our county has no insurance, and of those who do have insurance, 38% have public health insurance that may be prone to gaps in coverage. We want people to make their health and wellness a priority, regardless of their financial circumstances. Everyone should have access to affordable, quality primary care and behavioral health care, and Family Health Services is in a position to be able to provide that.”
To learn more about Family Health Services, visit FamilyHS.org or call. Information on Fisher-Titus can be found at FisherTitus.org.
Fisher-Titus proudly serves the greater Huron County area’s 70,000-plus residents by providing a full continuum of health and wellness care from heart and caner care to outpatient services such as lab, imaging, and physical rehabilitation. In addition, Fisher-Titus’ employed physicians offer a variety of primary and specialty care services including behavioral health, digestive health, endocrinology, family medicine, general surgery, heart and vascular, internal medicine, occupational health, pediatrics, pulmonary, sleep medicine, spine surgery, urology, and women’s health. Along with the medical center, a 99-bed acute care hospital, Fisher-Titus health system includes Norwalk Memorial Home, a 69-bed skilled nursing facility; Carriage House, a 48-unit assisted living facility; a Home Health Center; and emergency transport through North Central EMS. To learn more, visit fishertitus.org.
About Family Health Services
Family Health Services (FHS) is one of over 1,400 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the country. FHS is a Certified Patient Centered Medical Home offering services to include dental, medical and behavioral health services. Currently FHS provides care to over 7,000 residents of Ohio, predominantly residing in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Lorain counties.
Family Health Services is funded through the Public Health Act and is compliant to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). FHS received its certification as a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2010. The mission of Family Health Services, is not unlike all other Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the country, which is to provide greater access to care to residents with public health insurances such as Medicaid and Medicare, and to provide affordable care to those residents that are underinsured or uninsured.