Family Medical Centers

As the battle heats up in the U.S. Congress over the future of health care, medical issues are increasingly being debated in the press and on TV. While this national preoccupation is today’s “big news”, the CAO’s Family Medical Centers have been quietly waging their own campaign to bring high-quality health care to Southeast Ohio for 50 years.

Access to quality care is the biggest problem our country faces in the twenty-first century. The CAO operates four medical centers in Lawrence County through the Rural Health Initiative funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

In December of 1999, our Family Medical Centers received JCAHO Accreditation. The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. JCAHO maintains state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations. It’s comprehensive accreditation process evaluates an organization’s compliance with these standards and other accreditation requirements.

CAO’s Family Medical Centers in Chesapeake, Coal Grove, Ironton, and South Point are premier providers of high-quality primary health care in Lawrence County and the Tri-State Area. Our Medical Centers handle more than 40,000 patient visits a year. These visits are made by about 14,000 area residents, many of whom could not otherwise afford medical care. Our centers employ a staff of 80, including 7 full-time physicians, 4 nurse practitioners, 1 part-time physicians, 3 dentist, and 1 psychiatrist.

The Medical Centers and their services are supported by patient revenues and a grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Our sliding-fee payment scale allows people to get treatment no matter what their financial situation.

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