Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc. ("PATHS") is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide healthcare to all citizens (in South Central Virginia) -- regardless of their ability to pay. The vision of PATHS is to provide access to quality primary and specialty care, prescription medication, case management and other ancillary services to the citizens of Southern Virginia and surrounding areas.
It is the core value of PATHS that everyone has the right to quality health care. PATHS provides a medical home for everyone -- including the uninsured and underinsured as well as a point of entry into established human service agencies and health care system.
PATHS has experienced tremendous growth in a very short amount of time. The organization started out in 2001 as Project Access of the Dan River Region -- a coordinated system of volunteer healthcare for the uninsured. In response to the elimination of another organization's medication assistance program, a new service was created: Southside Virginia MEDAssist, in 2003. In the summer of 2004, PATHS was awarded a Ryan White Title II (Part B) grant which led to the creation of the CHAAP Program (Community HIV/AID Assistance Program). Shortly thereafter in the fall of 2004, PATHS received an award from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to assume the management of two federally qualified community health centers (on in Danville, and one in Martinville, Virginia). These became known as the Health Centers of the Piedmont. In February 2007, PATHS expanded the Health Center of the Piedmont Program to include a third service location in Chatham, Virginia.
In February, 2010, PATHS opened PATHS' Community Dental Clinic where all patients (those with dental insurance and those without) can access a full-range of general dentistry services.
To kick off 2011, PATHS reorganized the names of the programs and services it offered to help the community better understand everything PATHS offers. PATHS programs include:
- Community Medical Centers in Danville, Chatham and Martinsville
- Community Dental Center in Danville
- MEDAssist Program
PATHS' opened the Community Pharmacy in Danville in the spring of 2011, which provides patients from all PATHS' services, as well as the community at large, with access to prescription drugs.
In April, 2012, PATHS was awarded an expansion grant that allowed PATHS to open the 4th Community Medical Center site in Boydton, VA.
In April, 2017, PATHS was awarded an expansion grant that allowed PATHS to open the 5th Community Medical Center site in South Boston, VA.
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