Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc., known as PATHS, has been awarded a federal grant to operate a qualified community health center, replacing the recently shuttered HealthCare on the Square in Boydton.

PATHS will operate from the offices that previously housed Dr. Willoughby Hundley’s private medical practice, 969 Madison Street, Boydton.

PATHS, which currently operates three health centers — in Danville, Martinsville and Chatham — has been providing access to health care since 2001 and operating federally qualified community health centers since 2004 in Southside Virginia.

Kay Crane, CEO, noted that “this expansion into Mecklenburg and Boydton continues PATHS’s mission of providing access to quality health for everyone.”

Boydton’s new clinic will be known as “PATHS Community Medical Center.” It will provide a wide range of medical services including:

Family medicine: Primary care for the whole family such as preventive services and annual screenings for children, adults and seniors;

Chronic disease management - Diagnosis and ongoing care for diabetes, hypertension and asthma;


Laboratory and EKG tests.

With Healthcare on the Square’s closing, PATHS wanted its patients to know that they will continue receiving low-cost, quality health care close to home. While PATHS does not offer all of the services patients could access at HealthCare on the Square, Crane says they are building relationships in the Boydton community to help patients access mental health services and prescription medications.

As part of its federal grant, PATHS Community Medical Center will accept all forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as provide sliding fee discounts based on household income.

PATHS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide healthcare to all citizens in South Central Virginia regardless of their ability to pay.

It started in 2001 as a coordinated system of volunteer healthcare for the uninsured, known as Project Access of the Dan River Region. By 2004 it was administering a community HIV/AIDS assistance program, and managing two federally qualified community health centers — in Danville and Martinsville. In 2007 PATHS expanded the Health Center of the Piedmont Program to include a third service location in Chatham.

In 2010, the last year for which records are available, PATHS saw more than 7,700 patients at its community health centers. Seventy three percent of its patients were uninsured or Medicaid recipients. Another 11 percent were on Medicare. It had revenues of $5.1 million and expenditures of $4.4 million.

(As reported on www.SoVaNow.com :: http://www.sovanow.com/index.php?/news/article/new_provider_set_to_replace_healthcare_on_the_square/)