The Oneonta Community Health Center is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
Location: 31 Main Street, Oneonta, NY.
Free Primary Healthcare to low income, uninsured adults.
Appointments are necessary to see a medical provider.
Call 607.433.0300 for an appointment. Your call will be returned.
Our society is experiencing a health-care crisis. Nationally more than 46 million people have no health insurance. This number increases at a rate of approximately one million per year. An initial assessment revealed that about 16 percent of the population in Otsego and Delaware counties has no health insurance. This affects our whole community. According to the Rural Assistance Center, a rural health and human services information resource center, the uninsured have higher out-of-pocket costs for care; poorer health outcomes than their insured counterparts; and a greater likelihood that easily treatable ailments will go untreated and become serious medical problems. These people are not necessarily unemployed; they are the working poor restaurant staff, small business owners, day laborers, artists, and housecleaners, to name a few. Ultimately the costs are borne by everyone, they are passed along in terms of lost work hours, higher health insurance costs, and greater community health risks.
No community truly can be healthy if a significant portion of the population is excluded from basic medical services. In the absence of a national universal health care policy, concerned citizens need to find other ways to provide the medically under-served with the health care services they lack. Creating a free health center isn't simply the ethical course of action, it's the practical course of action.
Treating the uninsured with compassion and respect.
Our Mission is to enrich our community through serving the health and wellness needs of the uninsured people in Otsego and Delaware counties by providing free, professional, primary health care.
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Our clients must meet a certain family income level to qualify for services and do not carry health insurance. Details here.
We are volunteer professionals. All health center services are free to qualified individuals.
The Oneonta Community Health Center is not limited by geography but primarily available to uninsured residents of greater Oneonta, Otsego and Delaware counties.
The Oneonta Community Health Center is a community based organization designed to provide free health services to the uninsured and other designated patient populations in Oneonta and the surrounding communities of Otsego and Delaware Counties.
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The Oneonta Community Health Center has moved to a new location, 31 Main St. Suite 2A
Gerri Haan: President
Suzanne Hollist: Vice President
Linda Wilcox: Secretary
Stan Rabbiner: Treasurer
Benjamin Friedell, M.D.: Medical Director
Press releases are posted here and updated regularly
Information about the group Volunteers in Medicine here.
An informative history of Volunteers in Medicine also appears here.
Grace Smith with Volunteers in Medicine founder Dr. Jack McConnell on his visit to Oneonta: photo here.
The Board and Staff of the Oneonta Community Health Center are dedicated to maintaining the privacy of the patients served by the Health Center. Medical care is provided at the highest levels of confidentiality. Medical information is not released nor sought without the expressed consent of the patient.
Community support is essential to make our work possible. Please help with your gift of financial support, time or materials by phoning (607) 433-0300 or clicking here.
July 2013 - the Friends of the Oneonta Community Health Clinic rejoice at five years of providing primary health care to over 1000 individuals. We currently are in our brand new home in the Colone building on Main Street in Oneonta. We recognized our many supporters and dedicated volunteers during a dinner in October. We have a total of 62 volunteers who work with us. We average about 16 paitents per clinic evening. We have come a long way from a task force at the Unitarian-Universalist Society to a community organization with volunteers and board members from many walks of life. We invite you to join us.
31 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Telephone (607) 433-0300
The Oneonta Community Health Center is a
501-c-3 registered non-profit.
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