FAQs

What is Blue Ridge Health?

Blue Ridge Health is a “Community Health Center” (CHC). It is a local, privately-owned, non-profit healthcare provider with a focus on serving individuals who are low income and medically underserved. For over 50 years, Blue Ridge Health has provided high-quality, affordable healthcare. The organization operates 12 locations, including four School-Based Health Centers.

What is the Mission of Blue Ridge Health?

“To provide quality healthcare that is accessible and affordable for all.”

What Services are Provided?

Blue Ridge Health serves as a primary care medical home by offering the following integrated services: Family Medicine for adults and children, Pregnancy Care, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, and Ultrasound. Additional services include Community and Migrant Outreach and Health Education services, in both community and school-based settings.

How is Quality Care Delivered?

Blue Ridge Health physicians specialize in Family Medicine for adults and children, dentistry, nutrition, counseling and Psychiatry. They are board certified in their area of specialty. Our staff is also made up of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Mental Health Counselors, Pharmacists, Medical Interpreters, and Dietician and Health Educators. Blue Ridge Health is accredited by the Joint Commission for Patient Safety and Quality and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home. They have also achieved a Level 3 recognition from the National Commission for Quality Assurance. 

Is Blue Ridge Health Owned by the US Government?

No. Community Health Centers (CHCs), including Blue Ridge Health, are not government institutions. They are privately-owned and operated, non-profit medical facilities. 

Are Community Health Centers “Free Clinics”?

No. Blue Ridge Health accepts patients with private and public insurance as well as those who are uninsured. Those without health coverage are charged on a sliding scale fee system. However, no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. CHCs employ their healthcare staff whereas free clinics are usually staffed by volunteer providers.

How is Blue Ridge Health Funded?

Blue Ridge Health relies heavily on various sources of funding, including charitable gifts from individuals and corporations as well as grants to cover the cost of uncompensated or “charity” care. As a Community Health Center (CHC), Blue Ridge Health is eligible to receive federal grant funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. Blue Ridge Health must competitively apply for this grant, and the award does not completely cover the cost of uncompensated care. Blue Ridge Health also accepts commercial insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and collects fees for services, based on the ability to pay. 

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