Family Care Health Centers provides affordable and accessible comprehensive primary
health care regardless of health insurance status. Services include medical, dental,
vision, behavioral health, nutrition, WIC, pharmacy, laboratory, HIV/AIDS counseling
and testing. Medication discounts are available for all eligible patients.
Most private insurance plans are accepted along with Medicare and Medicaid. Charges
for patients without insurance are calculated on a sliding fee depending on income
and family size.
Family Care does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity and serves
a population of all ages. To bridge communication gaps with non-English speaking
patients, staff provides interpretation services for Hispanic, Bosnian, Vietnamese,
and Somali patients and use outside resources for patients speaking other languages.
Family Care Health Centers provides 24-hour patient care through physicians who
are on call after hours for telephone consultations and inpatient hospital care.
Infants and adolescents are provided well-baby checks, immunizations, physical exams
and education for parents. Childhood illnesses are treated from ear infections to
Health care providers diagnose and treat minor and major illnesses from hypertension
and diabetes to stomach flu and the common cold. Services include annual physicals,
dietary services, preventive education, flu shots, tetanus shots, tuberculosis screenings
and a variety of other exams.
Physicians and nurse practitioners provide regular well-woman exams, pregnancy testing,
prenatal care, delivery services, minor female surgery plus family planning consultation
and education on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Patients may qualify
for a FREE mammogram.
Family Care Health Centers integrates primary medical, dental and vision care with
behavioral health services. The behavioral health team consists of psychiatrist,
psychotherapist, case managers and a psychologist. Behavioral health services include
consultations, psychiatric medication management, case management, individual/group
therapy and education to patients and their families. These services are accessible
to Family Care patients though referral by their primary care provider with an emphasis
on “same day” appointments, if possible.
The behavioral health team provides mental health screenings, assessment of diagnosis,
treatment and follow-up care for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse
issues. The psychologist on the team focuses on child mental health and provides
evaluation of learning disabilities, Attention Deficit /Hyper Activity Disorder
(ADHD) and other childhood mental health disorders. A licensed clinical social worker
provides psychotherapy and education to individuals, couples, families and groups.
Behavioral health patients are also referred to other community resources when necessary,
such as educational resources, mentoring programs and alcohol/substance abuse treatment
centers for inpatient and outpatient care.
Registered dietitians provide individual counseling sessions where patients learn
to manage specific medical conditions through proper nutrition. Dietitians counsel
on many aspects of nutrition including diabetes, high blood pressure, weight management,
heart disease, high cholesterol and food/medication interactions.
Registered dietitians also provide nutrition information through participation in
local health fairs and presentations to community organizations. All nutrition services
are provided free of charge to Family Care Health Center patients and community
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
The Wic program is a special supplemental nutrition program for pregnant, post-partum,
and breastfeeding women, and children up to age five. Participants receive individualized
nutrition assessments and education by registered dietitians about proper nutrition
during critical stages of growth and development. Participants also receive free
nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, beans, cereal, fruits,
vegetables, iron-fortified baby formula and more. A board certified lactation consultant
is on staff to assist with breastfeeding concerns. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.
Laboratory and medical assistants provide patients with onsite cholesterol, diabetes,
anemia, flu, strep, lead, pregnancy and HIV testing. Lab only appointments are available
through physician referral. Patients can receive most onsite lab test results within
five minutes. Offsite lab tests are performed by Quest Diagnostics.
Vision care is a partnership with the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of
Optometry providing primary eye care services including comprehensive examinations
and eye glasses for all ages. Staff diagnose, monitor, and treat many eye conditions
that can alter vision. New patients are welcome with most insurance plans accepted.
The vision department has various patient assistance programs for eligible individuals
without insurance. To schedule an eye appointment call (314) 353-5190.
Vision Care is open:
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pharmacy staff fills prescriptions, offers over-the-counter medication and gives
advice on taking medicine. Patients may be eligible for discounted medications based
upon their income through the Patient Medicine Assistance Program (PMAP). Refill
prescriptions by calling (314) 351-5162.
The pharmacy is open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Hours
may vary due to lunch, meetings and staff absence.
HIV Counseling and Testing
Confidential HIV counseling and testing services are available to all patients,
13 years of age and older. At your appointment a counselor will explore personal
behaviors that may increase one’s HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) risk.
Patients are also offered free and confidential syphilis testing along with their
Community Health Nurses
Community Health Nurses (CHNs) are registered nurses who provide home visits to
families and individuals of all ages who receive Family Care services. They discuss
questions and concerns on many topics which include health, child rearing techniques
and quality of life issues. CHNs also participate in outreach activities including
participation in health fairs and community events.
Community Health Nurses network with community organizations and refer patients
to a variety of resources which may include emergency assistance, parenting programs,
behavioral health counseling, home health services, GED classes, employment, transportation
and housing. CHNs are dedicated to improving the health and well being of patients.
Health Care for the Homeless
A master’s level social worker coordinates the Health Care for the Homeless program.
This program establishes primary care for the homeless, uninsured and underinsured
through outreach and recruitment efforts at emergency shelters and transitional
housing programs. Patient referrals are provided for resources to other local agencies
that provide financial aid and family support.
Brochures and promotional materials are available in various languages (English,
Spanish, Bosnian and Vietnamese). Organizations or individuals may call (314) 481-1615
to obtain a brochure or information to enhance public knowledge and awareness of
Family Care Health Centers.