This is Our Story.
From humble beginnings in 2003...shared space with a Head Start program and a small dedicated team of health care workers...Heart of Ohio Family Health has grown into two health centers with more than 40 committed professionals. Today, thousands of individuals and families are receiving the quality health care they deserve.
Our journey from a humble "there" to a dynamic "here" all began back in the summer of 2003 when three history-making medical "firsts" occurred:
- The World Health Organization elected its first Asian, Dr. Jong-Wook Lee, as General Director;
- Doctors in Vienna performed the first successful tongue transplant;
- And, much closer to home, Dr. Sue Leatherman treated her first patients in what was once a preschool classroom in North Linden. Capital Park Family Health Center was born.
Initially funded by Mount Carmel Health System, Capital Park offered too few services to too many patients in too small a space. Within six months of opening its doors, Capital Park Family Health Center was awarded "Federally Qualified Health Center" status. Thanks to this federal support, we were able to serve those in need of health care, regardless of their ability to pay. We were on our way.
By 2005, 1,500 patients sought medical care at Capital Park, doubling to 3,000 in 2010. Just a year earlier in 2009, we opened our second Federally Qualified Health Center, Whitehall Family Health Center in the Great Eastern Shopping Center. We began operating independently of Mount Carmel and adopted the corporate name, "Heart of Ohio Family Health." We were all grown up.
After six-years of whirlwind growth, we learned that our greatest expansion was yet to come when, in December of 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Heart of Ohio Family Health $4.4 million to construct a brand new Capital Park facility. When the 17,600 square foot state-of-the-art facility opened its doors on July 11, 2011, at 2365 Innis Road, our physical space grew more than 10 times, and patient volume jumped to more than 6,000 patients per year. We had arrived.
Today, both our Whitehall and Capital Park community health centers provide primary medical care, women's health services, obstetrics and gynecology, diagnostic laboratory, interpretation, and other enabling services.
From the beginning, Heart of Ohio Family Health has served high-risk, underserved communities debilitated by record high rates of unemployment, public housing, violence, illiteracy, immigrant or refugee status, and families living below the poverty threshold.
- More than one-fourth of our patients are non-English speaking
- more than half are African/African American
- approximately 15% are Hispanic/Latino
- nearly one-third of our patients are uninsured
For the thousands of individuals and families living in the communities we are honored to serve, Heart of Ohio Health is deeply dedicated to providing only the most exceptional medical care delivered by true professionals in a manner that is heartfelt, personal, compassionate and characterized by a celebration of diverse cultures and languages.