About Faith Community HealthAll around the Ozarks, seasonal workers take on the hourly jobs that make our community work – busing tables, cleaning hotel rooms, working behind the scenes in thousands of different tourism-related jobs. These hard-working, area residents suffer from lack of healthcare, mostly due to no insurance or inadequate access to traditional healthcare. Individuals and organizations in Stone and Taney counties recognized the need and decided that a plan was essential to provide healthcare to the area’s uninsured and underinsured. Modeled after the renowned Memphis Church Health Center in Tennessee, Faith Community Health Center was established in response to this tremendous need in the Ozarks.
Faith Community Health is a faith-based, non-profit healthcare organization, which delivers quality and affordable care to the residents of Stone and Taney counties. We strive to build a community with access to affordable healthcare services and appropriate healthcare utilization for those in need. Our ministry offers care of the entire person – spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Our providers recognize that the mind, body and spirit affect the whole person collectively and a balance of all are essential for health and wellness. Any individual with income, living in Stone or Taney counties, qualifies for our services. Fees are determined based on household income and insurance status. Faith Community Health operates from grant funding and donor support. Become a Partner in Faith today by donating a monthly gift to support this healing ministry in Christ our Lord.
Our StoryIn 2007, a healthcare catalyst group made up of citizens in the community began strategizing and dreaming of a faith-based health center that would meet the healthcare needs of an estimated 20,000 uninsured families in Stone and Taney counties. A bus trip to Memphis, Tenn., resulted in a final decision to model the center after one of the most successful operations in the nation, the Memphis Church Health Center, now serving over 50,000 uninsured residents.
Opening the doors in 2010, FCH operated on a volunteer basis for more then three years. In 2013, FCH brought on a full-time, mid-level provider, Stephen Berkstresser, P.A., to meet this growing need for care continuity.
In 2016, the clinic provided 4,065 medical, dental, mental health and vision appointments, and its dispensary provided 13,273 prescriptions at no charge to patients (FCH does not dispense narcotics).
This movement has provided residents of Stone and Taney counties with a means of obtaining quality, affordable healthcare services, chronic disease management, and disease prevention, positively impacting the health of our community. The Lord continues to bless this ministry with growth and expansion. We are excited to see what He has in store for FCH in the future!
We seek to share God’s love through whole-person care.
Seeking to reclaim the Biblical and historical commitment of the Church for the poor who are sick (James 5:14), Faith Community Health will help those in need by providing healthcare and promoting overall wellness of the spirit, mind and body for the underinsured and uninsured.
We will treat those we serve with compassion, respect and patience with the understanding that all people are created in the image of God.
We will partner with the community to care for those in need.
We will provide the opportunity to honor a calling to serve.
We will always be professional and conduct ourselves with authenticity.
We are constantly seeking ways to improve care through innovation, creativity and collaboration.