Ribbon cutting held for Muskingum Valley Health Center

| May 23, 2014

COSHOCTON – People in Coshocton County have a new health care option thanks to the Muskingum Valley Health Center.

“Thank you for coming and helping us celebrate the kick off of this great opportunity for Coshocton County,” said Dan Atkinson, CEO of the Muskingum Valley Health Center.  “We are excited to offer services here. It took a couple of years of talking, but it’s finally a reality.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held May 20, at the 406 S. 15th St. medical building, where the organization plans to offer affordable, accessible, quality health care.

The Muskingum Valley Health Center already has offices in Muskingum and Morgan counties and Coshocton City Mayor Steve Mercer is glad they decided to expand their services to Coshocton County.

“I’m grateful that they had the vision to come here,” Mercer said. “I think they are just going to grow and grow and this little space isn’t going to last long.”

The office currently has a pediatrician, two internal medicine physicians, two nurse practitioners and a licensed independent social worker.  The Muskingum Valley Health Center also has outreach workers who will help you navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid eligibility.

“We saw a need here for access to medical care,” Atkinson said. “The county has a high level of poverty and a great need for more primary care services so people don’t use the emergency room for that.”

The Muskingum Valley Health Center also has a sliding fee discount to help those who are uninsured and tries to work together with the rest of the health care officials in the community.

“One thing we pride ourselves on is collaboration,” Atkinson said. “We want to strengthen the overall delivery of the health care system.”

For more on the Muskingum Valley Health Center, call 295-3331 or visit www.mvhealthcenters.org.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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