Chautauqua Center to hold grand opening this Friday

The Chautauqua Center will be joined by elected officials and the community to commemorate its one-year Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 319 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The event is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m., with dedication to begin at 2:30 p.m.

On Jan. 23, 2013, The Chautauqua Center opened its doors as the newest primary care provider in the Chautauqua Region. TCC is a designated federally qualified health center. It’s the first center in Chautauqua County. These centers were added under Medicare in 1991 when the Social Security Act was amended. TCC has already been recognized as a leader in the provision of high quality services.

The center has implemented a number of best practices and works with the patient to address identified health issues while putting an emphasis on prevention. TCC currently has a staff of 14 and continues to seek qualified licensed professionals.

TCC has a community Board of Directors and its mission is to deliver comprehensive, high quality patient-centered health and support services in the Chautauqua region. Its patient-centered service principles are access, treatment, education and prevention delivered by friendly and professional clinic and administrative teams.

TCC is open for all patients regardless of their insured status, race, sex, language or age. It offers sliding fee discounts to low income individuals and families. Additionally, TCC will assist individuals to identify and enroll in available insurance plan options through the NYS Plan of Health Marketplace to include Medicaid and Child Health Plus.

Since opening, the center serves more than 2,500 patients. TCC offers same day appointments and has evening hours four days per week with plans to eventually open on Saturdays. Watch for its monthly health awareness events that are open to all community members.