For over a century, Appalachia has been defined as a region with severe poverty and limited health care. C-Health founder Dr. Easton wanted to provide broad-spectrum family medical care that addresses patients’ emotional and spiritual needs, plus make a long-term commitment to be with and care for the people of this region. It was through this need that C-Health was born.
In July 2000, C-Health opened their first clinic in a small trailer across the street from the hospital in Lebanon, Virginia. Despite their limited resources, they soon were recognized regionally and won three Health Care Heroes Awards for their innovations in rural health care, as well as for their contributions to help the poor receive free medications. In 2003, they opened another clinic in the neighboring community of Honaker, Virginia. Their patient numbers grew quickly, and in just five years, they had over 10,000 active patients and thirty staff members.
In May 2006, they moved from their small trailer in Lebanon to an 8,500 square foot state-of-the-art health care facility in order to better serve the needs of their growing patient population. In August 2010, C-Health moved to the other side of Russell County and opened their St. Paul clinic.
Today, C-Health is a health center featuring thirteen providers serving over 17,000 rural, underserved patients. We provide employment opportunities to 50 citizens of Russell County and are widely known for our excellent quality of service and innovative implementation of technology in healthcare delivery.
C-Health and HMG announced their partnership in 2017. This partnership will allow C-Health to continue to provide quality care to their patients as part of the HMG Family of Care. “We are excited about what our partnership with HMG will mean for the patients and communities we serve,” said Brian Easton, MD, founding member of C-Health. “HMG’s focus on healthcare innovation, quality patient care and the delivery of value in healthcare will allow C-Health the ability to build on those founding principles while remaining independent.”