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In Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties

Wright Patterson Health Care in Clark Greene Miami Montgomery and Preble Counties

There are many health care services in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. In 2017, Ohio will have 11 companies selling plans in the ACA exchange, but two groups — the Ohio Department of Insurance (http://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Pages/FederalHealthReformFAQs.aspx) and HealthCare.gov (https://localhelp.healthcare.gov) — can help walk applicants through the maze of choices.

See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES

A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.

For a full list of community health centers in Ohio, visit the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers’ website at www.ohiochc.org and select “Find a Community Health Center.”

DENTAL CARE

The Ohio Dental Association’s website (www.oda.org) is a useful place to start in finding a dentist. Click on “About the ODA,” then on “Find a Dentist” for suggestions. Those on limited incomes, the uninsured or living with HIV or AIDS can find help with dental care through the Ohio Department of Health’s website for Oral Health, www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ohs/oralhealth. Click on “Patients & the Public,” then on “Find a Dentist.” You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.

Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.

  • Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
  • Is the dental office close to your home or office?
  • How are dental emergencies handled?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
  • Is the staff helpful and friendly?
  • What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?

A good relationship with your dentist is essential to good oral health care, so take your time and choose one that you and your family feel comfortable with.

FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR

The best rule in finding a health care provider in a new location is the sooner, the better. Before arriving at your new assignment, check the Ohio State Medical Association online directory search at www.osma.org/About/Physician-Search. You can browse for a provider by name or by specialty. That should give you an idea of local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.

Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.

Keep in mind the following tips and questions as you look for a health care provider.

  • Ask health insurance plans and medical offices for information on their doctors’ training and experience.
  • Use AMA Resources for Patients, the American Medical Association’s free physicians’ information service at www.ama-assn.org.
  • Has the doctor completed several years of training in a specialty and passed an exam? Check out the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org, call 866-275-2267 or write to the ABMS, 353 N. Clark St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60654.
  • Has anyone registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor? To find out, check out the Ohio State Medical Board at www.med.ohio.gov or call 614-466-3934.

Call the doctor’s office and ask for an appointment. Most doctors will take time to meet potential patients, but you should expect a nominal fee for the use of his or her time. When you meet a doctor and the staff for the first time, consider the following: When scheduling the appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long? Did the receptionist seem knowledgeable about the workings of the office? When you arrived, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions? Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member to sit in? When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, was it with a smile? Did the doctor seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor leave the room during your conversation? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did the doctor rush through the meeting? Did the doctor seem relaxed? Did you feel as though you were the only patient the doctor had to see that day?

Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. Depending on the length of time you will be in the area, this relationship is a long-term commitment, and you want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.

For Veterans

Wright Patterson Health Care For Veterans

Veterans in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties are served within the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10. VISN 10 is the result of the integration of VISN 10 and VISN 11 as part of VA’s MyVA Transformation plan. The newly integrated VISN 10 is composed of 10 medical centers and the independent Columbus, Ohio, Ambulatory Care clinic and a network of 58 community-based outpatient clinics. The Dayton VA Medical Center is the closest to Wright-Patterson AFB, about 18 miles away. VISN 10 provides personalized, proactive, patient-centered care to more than 500,000 veterans throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana.

Dayton VA Medical Center

4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
937-268-6511
www.dayton.va.gov

The Dayton VA Medical Center is a state-of-the-art teaching facility that has been serving veterans for nearly 150 years, having accepted its first patient in 1867. The Dayton VA Medical Center provides a full range of health care through medical, surgical, mental health (inpatient and outpatient), home and community health programs, geriatric (nursing home), physical medicine and therapy services, neurology, oncology, dentistry and hospice.

The medical center has 356 hospital beds: 185 nursing home beds, 80 acute care beds and 91 domiciliary beds. The Medical Center also has contracts with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and 11 area hospitals. The following is a list of community-based outpatient clinics and the vet center near Dayton. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.va.gov/directory/guide/region.asp?ID=1010.

Dayton Vet Center

East Medical Plaza
627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Sixth Floor
Dayton, OH 45417
937-461-9150

Lima Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

1303 Bellefontaine Ave.
Lima, OH 45804
419-222-5788

Middletown Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

4337 N. Union Road
Middletown, OH 45005
513-423-8387

Richmond Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

1010 N. J St.
Richmond, IN 47374
765-973-6915

Springfield Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

512 S. Burnett Road
Springfield, OH 45505
937-328-3385

Ohio Department of Veterans Services

77 S. High St., Seventh Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-644-0898
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
http://dvs.ohio.gov

The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for Ohio’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including five medical centers, three outpatient clinics, 30 community-based outpatient clinics and eight vet centers. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.

Veterans, including activated reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp.

Hospital/Medical Centers

Wright Patterson Health Care Hospitals Medical Centers

Because emergencies don’t announce themselves, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. In life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately and follow dispatcher instructions.

Dayton Children’s Hospital

1 Childrens Plaza
Dayton, OH 45404
937-641-3000
www.childrensdayton.org

Grandview Medical Center

405 W. Grand Ave.
Dayton, OH 45405
937-723-3200
www.ketteringhealth.org/grandview

Greene Memorial Hospital

1141 N. Monroe Drive
Xenia, OH 45385
937-352-2000
www.ketteringhealth.org/greene

Kettering Medical Center

3535 Southern Blvd.
Kettering, OH 45429
937-298-4331
www.ketteringhealth.org/kettering

Miami Valley Hospital

1 Wyoming St.
Dayton, OH 45409
937-208-8000
www.miamivalleyhospital.org

Miami Valley Hospital South

2400 Miami Valley Drive
Centerville, OH 45459
937-438-2400
www.miamivalleyhospital.org

Soin Medical Center

3535 Pentagon Blvd.
Beavercreek, OH 45431
937-702-4000
www.ketteringhealth.org/soin

Southview Medical Center

1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Road
Centerville, OH 45459
937-401-6000
www.ketteringhealth.org/southview

Springfield Regional Medical Center

100 Medical Center Drive
Springfield, OH 45504
937-523-1000
www.community-mercy.org/springfield_regional_medical_center.asp

Public Health Care

Wright Patterson Health Care Public Health Care

Ohio Department of Health

246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-3543
www.odh.ohio.gov

The state department of health works to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Ohioans. To that goal, the organization offers more than 100 services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that water is clean, children have their immunizations current, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.

The leadership team, along with agency senior-level managers and supervisors, work in tandem to ensure the state health department is responsive to the needs of Ohio’s 11.6 million residents. The staff works hard to help make the department’s goal a reality — making a difference by helping people make their lives healthier. Its website has information on health topics and services available.

Local health units offer a variety of services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. A listing of local health units near Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties follows. For a full list of local health units, their hours of operation and their available services, visit www.odh.ohio.gov and select “Local Health Departments.” Call 614-466-3543 for more information

Clark County

529 E. Home Road
Springfield, OH 45503
937-390-5600

Greene County

360 Wilson Drive
Xenia, OH 45385
937-374-5600

Miami County

510 W. Water St., Suite 130
Troy, OH 45373
937-573-3500

Montgomery County

Reibold Building
117 S. Main St.
Dayton, OH 45422
937-225-4395

Preble County

615 Hillcrest Drive
Eaton, OH 45320
937-472-0087

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