Community Health Care to Keep Women's Clinic Open
Two major health providers will keep a women's clinic open in Davenport. Due to financial problems, Community Health Care will own Edgerton Women's Health Center, and Genesis Health Group will take over some services.
Edgerton President and CEO, Annika O'Melia, says the non-profit would have faced serious financial challenges over the next five years.
O'Melia says Community Health Care, or CHC, will own and operate Edgerton, and help run its family planning program. Genesis will hire physicians and provide specialty services, such as gynecology.
O'Melia says fundraising has been a challenge lately, and several other factors led Edgerton's board to turn over the clinic to CHC. For example, federally qualified health centers have become more financially stable, under the Affordable Care Act.
Edgerton will keep its name and location on Rusholme Street in Davenport, with the same staff and services. The women's health center will notify patients by mail that CHC will become the owner in April.
For 43 years, Edgerton Women's Health Center has offered family planning and reproductive health services in Davenport. It serves about 7,000 different patients every year.