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November 15, 2010 Published in 2010 In Review, Health & Fitness, Top Stories

Changes Come To Casey Clinic

For 72 years, the Flora Krause Casey Health Center has provided primary and medical services to hundreds of Alexandrians living below the poverty line. It currently shares space with the Alexandria Health Department and the nonprofit Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services Inc., a private, federally qualified community health center. ANHSI has been providing comprehensive primary health care in Alexandria since 2004. In January 2011, 700 Casey  patients will be affected by substantial changes at the Center. Current AHD patients will be transitioned to ANHSI or the medical provider of their choice.

Dr. Stephen Haering, Alexandria Health Director. (Photo: James Cullum)

“The changes at Casey Health Center reflect what AHD and ANHSI each does best,” said Alexandria health Director Dr. Stephen Haering. “As community partners, AHD and ANHSI regularly assess what each does best. Because ANHSI is a federally qualified health center, and because federally qualified health centers enjoy enhanced reimbursements from Medicaid as well as grant support from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, ANHSI is best suited to serve as the medical home for medically underserved persons in Alexandria.”

The health department has shared space with ANHSI at Casey Health Center since winter 2010. As part of the new arrangement, ANHSI will increase the amount of space that it occupies and will provide comprehensive primary medical care. AHD will continue to provide case management to persons with HIV, medical services to pregnant patients and WIC services.

“AHD will continue its communicable disease clinics (e.g. for sexually transmitted diseases and for tuberculosis), its child and immunization clinics and its family planning services. AHD will also  continue operating the Women, Infants and Children program and its prenatal clinic,” Haering said. “Most of these services are provided at its main office, at 4480 King Street; the prenatal clinic, as well as WIC services, will continue at Casey.”

Patients will have three choices:

  • Continue to go to Casey Health Center – if they choose this option, they will be a patient of ANHSI’s (but they can see an AHD physician who is being contracted by ANHSI to provide medical services)
  • Transfer their care to another ANHSI physician at 2 E. Glebe Road
  • Transfer their care to another medical provider of their choice

ANHSI was created in 1997 from the “Arlandria Health Center for Women and Children”, which AHD operated from 1993-1997 with a four-year grant. AHD created the “Arlandria Health Center for Women and Children” in 1993 with a four-year federal grant with a mission to improve basic health services for low-income, primarily Hispanic women and children living in Alexandria’s Arlandria community. In 1997, at the end of this grant funding, a community coalition formed a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and named it the Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services Inc. ANHSI initially focused on fundraising, while AHD continued to provide clinical care. Over time, ANHSI became more involved in the clinical care and assumed the clinical role since being designated as Northern Virginia’s first Federally Qualified Health Center in February 2004.