Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC) was opened in April 2002 in response to the need for access to health care in the community of Franklinton on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. In this community of 16,000 people, 45% of the families live below the poverty level. Many health care disparities exist and the availability of primary health care services is woefully inadequate.
Dr. Dana Vallangeon, our founder, opened Lower Lights Christian Health Center, a community-governed 501(c) (3) health center to help adder the health care needs of Franklinton. Dr. Dana had felt a calling to serve in medical missions since her teenage years and the opening of LLCHC fulfilled that dream. The mission of Lower Lights Christian Health Center is to minister the love of Christ as a model full-service medical home, focused on whole-person wellness, available to all in Central Ohio who need it, regardless of ability to pay.
LLCHC has grown tremendously in the past eleven years. Starting in 2002 with one one provider and two office staff. Today the Health Center has nearly 25 providers and nearly 70 office staff. We are the medical home for over 9,700 patients.
In June 2014 we opened a three-operatory dental suite, providing a full spectrum of preventive services as well as a limited spectrum of restorative and emergency services. Additionally, we are working in collaboration with the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio to provide our patients with the opportunity to purchase their prescriptions at a reduced cost before ever leaving the Health Center.
More than 20% of our patients have no health insurance and are seen by our providers on a sliding fee scale—with most patients paying as little as $10 per visit. However, no patient is turned away for inability to pay. LLCHC wants to make a difference in this medically underserved community by improving access to health care and by improving health outcomes as part of a holistic ministry that transforms lives and ultimately the community.