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Community Health Care has been helping patients in need of healthcare since 1969. The collection of clinics provided care to more than 46,000 people last year.

Community Health Care celebrates 50 years of helping people in need in Pierce County

For 50 years, Community Health Care has proudly helped people around the South Sound region by providing the health care home they need. Serving more than 46,000 patients last year, Community Health Care tries to make its services available to as many people as possible. Insurance or not, minor illness or major procedure, the staff there has you covered.

The roots of Community Health Care were built all the way back in 1969 when physicians and citizens realized that Pierce County needed a place that provided healthcare to people with low incomes or little to no insurance. Two volunteer clinics later and Community Health Care was on its way to becoming what it is today. The majority of the patients are still classified in the low-income bracket.

Patients receive a variety of services from Community Health Care, including family medicine, pediatric and teen care, women's health and maternity care, behavioral health services (mental health and substance abuse), senior care, nutrition services, and dental care. All of the clinic locations have a pharmacy on site. As much as possible, the healthcare providers here try to make each clinic a one-stop-shop to make you feel as well as possible. In fact, they want you to feel like the center of what they do.

Whatever your needs are, the staff at Community Health Care will determine the best course of action by assigning a complete healthcare team to you. Each provider you work with will order tests and procedures to address your concerns, or they'll refer you to a specialist who can help you further.

Making the services affordable is another huge priority for the staff at Community Health Care. They offer a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. That sliding fee scale applies to your co-pay or deductible too, and the pharmacy operates with the same payment structure. No one is denied care due to inability to pay.

There are four health centers with medical and behavioral health services, dental services and a pharmacy, plus a fifth clinic that only has medical and behavioral health services and a pharmacy. Clinics are located in Tacoma, Parkland, Lakewood, and Spanaway. There is also an urgent care clinic in the Hilltop Regional Health Center that is open in the evening and on Saturdays. No appointment is needed at the Urgent Care clinic. All dental clinics are open on Saturdays.

Recently opened this fall is a clinic at Bethel Middle School that serves students and staff throughout the year. It offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Last year, a Pharmacy Residency program was launched to help educate new pharmacists and transition them into caring for patients at the Hilltop Regional Health Center location in Tacoma. Hilltop Regional Health Center also has residencies in the physician, nurse practitioner, and dental fields.

The next time you aren't feeling your best, come see how Community Health Care continues to welcome and help patients in its 50th year. After all that time, it shouldn't be a secret that the organization is simply committed to providing "the highest quality healthcare with compassionate and accessible service for all."

Visit Community Health Care's website to learn about their services or to book an appointment.