Community Health & Wellness Partners of Logan County (CHWPLC) welcomes two long-time Community Family Physicians, Drs. Charles Kratz and Kenneth Miller. Drs. Kratz and Miller served at Oakhill Medical Associates, a family medicine practice of 50 years in this community. This transition comes as a result of Oakhill Medical Associates’ decision to dissolve late last year.
Tara Bair, Community Health’s President/CEO states, “We are very excited about the potential that our organization has with Drs. Kratz and Miller joining our staff. Both physicians have served our community with integrity and quality patient care. It truly is an honor that they have chosen to bring their practice to our health center.”
With the retirement of Dr. Roger Kauffman and Dr. Ryan Kauffman’s decision to open a direct primary care practice in Bellefontaine, Hickory Medical Center, Drs. Kratz and Miller desire to continue serving their patients similar to the model of care that they have for the past two-plus decades. Dr. Kratz states, “Joining Community Health & Wellness Partners gives Dr. Miller and I the opportunity to continue working with excellent staff. This transition also continues the legacy of Oakhill Medical Associates, taking care of patients in a holistic sense, allowing us to meet their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”
Community Health & Wellness Partners, is a Federally Qualified Health Center, and was just awarded a Service Area Competition grant for continued funding. The Mission of CHWPLC is to serve as community partners in healthcare by providing economic-based, whole person, whole community primary care to the citizens of Logan County for long-term health and wellness. Dr. Miller comments that, “Community Health & Wellness Partners is the most logical choice for Dr. Kratz and I. CHWPLC’s mission and values will allow us to continue providing the same level of care to our patients, in the same location.” All patients regardless of ability (or inability) to pay are welcome. CHWPLC accepts most payers, as well as under-insured, uninsured and self-pay. There is a sliding fee scale based on income available as well.
Ms. Bair offers that Community Health has the resources to support the influx of potential patients and looks forward to serving them for all of their primary healthcare needs. Drs. Kratz and Miller are joining a team of providers: Dr. Anna Kauffman, Dr. Brian Schmidt, Breanna Detrick CNP, Kelly Lehman CNP-PCMH, Amanda Lollini CNP, Oralea Pittman CNP, Lisa Smithers CNM and Betsy Zile CNP. With the exception of Drs. Kratz and Miller, who will continue with their patients into Community Health, all providers at CHWPLC are accepting new patients. Community Health & Wellness Partners is currently located at 4879 US Rt. 68 South, West Liberty and 8200 St. Rt. 366, Ste. 1, Russells Point (Aries Medical Center). To learn more about the providers, patients can visit www.chwplc.org or speak with an Outreach Associate or staff member at either location.
Ms. Bair points out that patients of Oakhill choosing to transition to Community Health will continue to receive the same patient-care experience. There are just more opportunities to engage in the patient’s care with Community Health in that there is a primary care pharmacist on staff; chronic care management services, which allows patients with chronic conditions to support a whole-person approach; vaccines and immunizations for children and adults; discounted drug pharmacy program; dental services by referral; family planning and obstetrical care; behavioral health support as well as treatment for substance abuse. We have case management services to assist with transportation and social service needs. This transition will also offer CHWPLC patients the ability to view their lab and test results through the electronic patient portal.
In summing up the transition, Ms. Bair states, “Oakhill Medical Associates has served this community for 50 years, with a reputation second to none. Past and present Oakhill physicians have set the standard and often raised the bar for other private physician practices in this community. As Servant Leaders in Family Medicine, they have delivered many babies, raised many families, watched them mature into elderly citizens and saw those patients to life’s end, only to repeat the cycle with future generations.”
Submitted by Community Health & Wellness Partners of Logan County.