JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University dedicated the new Johnson City Community Health Center Thursday, unveiling a $6.8 million, state-of-the-art facility that will offer a wide spectrum of health care services under one roof.
The center replaces and builds on the legacy of the Johnson City Downtown Clinic, which got its start in 1990 in the basement of the Salvation Army.
The Community Health Center, at 2151 Century Lane, behind Woodridge Hospital off North State of Franklin Road, opened its doors today at 8 a.m. to accept its first patients.
As has been the case since the founding of that first clinic downtown, the JCCHC will be managed by the ETSU College of Nursing, which provides the board-certified nurse practitioners who deliver most of the primary and preventive care. The college formed a clinical partnership with the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, and the two schools collaborated on the HRSA grant that funded construction of the clinic.
The facility is more than double the size of the one it replaced. Other programs from the university and the Academic Health Sciences Center at ETSU will deliver services at the clinic, and ETSU students training under faculty supervision will see patients there as well.
“The name is new, the location is new and the building is new, but the mission remains the same,” said Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of the College of Nursing. “The Johnson City Community Health Center will continue to uphold the proud tradition of the Johnson City Downtown Clinic.”
Hours at the JCCHC are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Appointments are encouraged but walk-in visits are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 926-2500.