We look forward to taking care of the medical needs for you and your family.
Community Health is a primary care network that provides nationally-recognized programs, a focus on wellness, dental, behavioral health and pediatric specialties, walk-in Express Care, a culture of community and quality health care that almost everyone, insured or uninsured, has come to depend on.
Community Health, based in Rutland, is the largest of the 12 federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in the state of Vermont. Nationally, more than 1,200 FQHCs provide primary health care to one out of every 14 people. In Vermont, FQHCs provide care to approximately one in four Vermonters.
Community Health opened in 2004 as Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region providing a network of medical, dental and behavioral health care. It’s grown to include seven medical facilities and a pharmacy – Rutland, Brandon, West Pawlet (Mettowee), Shorewell, Castleton, Community Health Pediatrics, Community Health Dental, Brandon Community Pharmacy – which in 2019 handled close to 187,900 patient visits, providing care to over 41,800 patients in the Rutland County/southern Addison County region which includes over three-quarters of the residents of Rutland County.
First established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, FQHCs are primary care centers, located in underserved and rural areas, that provide high quality, cost-effective health care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. The success of the FQHCs was recognized by Congress when creating the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and the ACA legislation permanently authorized the program.
“FQHCs in general are safety net providers of primary, wellness and preventative care for those who are uninsured or underinsured,” said Community Health CEO Don Reuther. “It is both our mission and mandate from the government that we see any patient regardless of their financial ability to pay.”
Health & Wellness Services
Community Health Primary Care Offices offer a full range of services including preventative health care (annual physicals, work physicals, school, camp and sports physicals), women’s health care, well-child care, including immunizations, management of chronic or serious illness, minor office procedures (including laceration repair and removal of skin lesions), and workers comp injuries. X-ray and laboratory services are available at some of our locations. Hospital care for Community Health is provided by Rutland Regional Medical Center Hospital (RRMC). RRMC is a hospital-based practice specializing exclusively in providing in-patient care at RRMC. Arrangements for admission to other hospitals can be arranged as needed. Community Health Pediatrics provides hospital care for our pediatric patients.
Fees & Financial Aid
Community Health offers Sliding Fee Scales to our patients who do not have medical insurance. The sliding scales are based on your income and family size. Please call one of our offices to make an appointment to find out if you qualify. One of our Outreach Coordinators will be happy to assist you.
The mission of the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region is to improve the health and wellness of all people in the communities we serve by providing access to excellent medical and dental primary care regardless of any financial consideration.
Community Health also operates two full service dental offices, Community Dental – Rutland at 69 Allen St, Suite 10 in Rutland, VT and Community Dental – Shoreham at 2897 VT Route 22A in Shoreham, VT. Our Dental Offices, and our pharmacy accepts the same insurances that are accepted at our other offices. We offer sliding fees scales to our patients who do not have dental insurance.