We are part of a great movement.

A note from Reuben J. Pettiford, President & CEO


I have invested decades of my healthcare career in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) like Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers, and I am proud of the work we do.  AMCHC is a newly established network of health centers here in Western North Carolina which makes us nimble and ready to respond to community needs.    

In Western North Carolina, AMCHC shares the strength of the nation-wide FQHC movement which has, "Delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.  During the past 50 years, health centers have become an essential primary care provider for America's most vulnerable populations.  Health centers advance a model of coordinated, comprehensive, and patient centered care, coordinating a wide range of medical, mental health, substance abuse, and patient support services." (HRSA, August 2017)

As part of the FQHC family, we benefit from collaborative learning from over 1,400 other health centers who operate over 11,000 sites throughout all fifty states and the US territories.  When it comes to reducing our patients' medical costs, FQHC's have a documented success path where our patients spend 24% less compared to other providers, 33% less on specialty care, and experience 25% fewer impatient admissions.

As you interact with Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers you'll hear us say, "I am care." Each of us strives to not only offer care, but to embody care that is personal, accepting, and effective. In addition, we want to foster an environment where each of our patients embraces healthy thinking and lifestyles so they too can say, "I am care."

We are proud to improve access to quality health care in Western North Carolina in a number of ways:

  1. Our six locations are located throughout WNC in four counties: Buncombe, Jackson, Graham, and Cherokee.

  2. We accept patients with and without health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.

  3. Our sliding scale fees make our care affordable, because they are based on a patient's family size and income.

  4. We serve people in urban and rural settings throughout WNC, including a location inside Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.

  5. We provide integrated primary and behavioral health care for "whole-person" health.

In our short history we have already grown our patient base to over 16,000 patients who visit our locations for care over 36,000 times each year.

The members of our Board of Directors live throughout the state and the majority of them are our patients.  In addition, they have a broad range of community service, professional expertise, and service engagement.

I am proud to be a part of Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers, and I look forward to great days ahead for our staff, providers, and especially our ever-expanding patient base throughout Western North Carolina.   Would you like to join us as a patient, a donor, a teammate, or board member?  If so, we would love to meet you soon and do this great work together!

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Reuben J. Pettiford
President & CEO

Reuben J. Pettiford,  President & CEO

Reuben J. Pettiford,
President & CEO