Make it Muscatine: Community Health Care

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In both Illinois and Iowa, Community Health Care has offered affordable health, dental, and behavioral health services for many years. Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator Shaun Taylor detailed, “CHC has been a ‘safety-net’ in the Quad Cities for 45 years, ensuring that our most vulnerable populations do not slip through the healthcare cracks.” Recently, Community Health Care identified Muscatine County as an area that would benefit from more primary care and related services and began working with area leaders to bring their services here. In February, they opened their medical office at 1616 Cedar Street and their dental office inside Muscatine Center for Social Action at 312 Iowa Avenue.

A portion of Community Health Care’s Muscatine staff, Kimberly Nelson, Jessica Carter, Ashley Smith-RN, Julie Hammell-Clinic Mngr., Beth Colon-DNP, and Brooke Smith-FNP.

Community Health Care offers a wide variety of services to patients of all ages. These include primary care (such as routine physicals), urgent care, lab services, telehealth or virtual visits, behavioral health services, and dental care. “Our mission at CHC is to provide the communities we serve with excellence in patient-centered medical, dental, and behavioral health care that is compassionate, affordable, and accessible,” stated Taylor.

To make sure that all people can access their services, they utilize a sliding fee scale to make costs more affordable. Taylor explained, “Patients who qualify for our sliding fee scale pay for their care based on their income level and family size.” Additionally, Community Health Care accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid for those who have them. Uninsured patients can always receive care as well.

Currently, Community Healthcare continues to accept patients for all of the services they offer in Muscatine. If you would like to make an appointment, Taylor encourages you to contact them by calling 563-327-2140.

Though opening medical and dental clinics at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic came with numerous obstacles, including temporary closures and frequent adjustments to changing state restrictions and recommended CDC guidelines, Community Health Care feel they have gotten off on the right foot in Muscatine and appreciate all the support they have received from the local community: “Opening our new Muscatine clinics in the midst of a global pandemic has not been easy. The Muscatine residents and community partners have been extremely welcoming and helpful!” glowed Taylor. “We are excited about the opportunity to help improve the overall health of the Muscatine community for years to come.”

As Community Health Care starts getting established in the county, they decided to join the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They hope it will help them make important partnerships throughout the region and help as many people as possible. “

We believe in being active members of every community we serve, beyond the four walls of our clinics,” emphasized Taylor. “Joining the Greater Muscatine Chamber will allow us to connect with local organizations and residents more effectively.”