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The History


Health First
  • In the mid 1990's a group of volunteers from the local medical society came together to provide free health care to those in need.
  • This health care was offered intermittently at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
  • It was soon realized that the demand for health care far exceeded the capacity of the volunteer free clinic.
  • It was also realized that there is not only a need for health care services, but for the continuity of care.
  • Health First was not able to keep up with the demand and provide continuity of care.
Healthy Springfield 2000
  • A not for profit organization was formed called Healthy Springfield 2000.
  • HS 2000 was formed to address the need for primary medical care for the uninsured and underinsured individuals in Springfield.
  • HS 2000's name was coined to focus on increasing access to health care in Springfield by the year 2000.
HS 2000 becomes a FQHC
  • In October 1998, HS 2000 was funded as a federally qualified health center (FQHC).
  • The HS 2000 FQHC opened its doors on Springfield's east side and began providing primary health care services to those most in need.
  • In it's first full year of operation, HS 2000 employed 1 full time Family Practitioner, 1 full time Nurse Practitioner and 1 part time Family Practitioner.
  • HS 2000 provided 3,087 patients with primary health care services through 8,312 patient visits.
HS 2000 becomes CCHC
  • The HS 2000 Board of Directors realized the organization name was out of date.
  • It was also recognized that other communities in Central Illinois had the same needs as Springfield.
  • As a result, the corporation changed its name to Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. (CCHC), with its sole delivery site at the time: Capitol Community Health Center.
Health Care for the Homeless
  • CCHC successfully secures funding for the Health Care for the Homeless program (HCH).
  • One Family Practitioner, one nurse and one intake coordinator provide health care at 4 of Springfield's homeless shelters.
  • CCHC provides 322 homeless individuals with health care in the first year of the program.
  • To further help meet the demand for services, CCHC relocates to its newly purchased and renovated 20,000 sq. ft. facility.
  • The new facility is 4 times the size of the previous location.
  • CCHC adds Dental Services in 2004.
  • In its first full year at the new facility, CCHC provides 10,044 patients with health care through 30,324 encounters.
  • 2,559 dental patients utilized CCHC's dental program receiving 5,256 dental visits.
As of 2010
  • CCHC provided 17,049 patients with 50,027 encounters.