Whatley Health Services Offers Care for Underserved Patients in West Alabama Counties

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Whatley Health Services Offers Care for Underserved Patients in West Alabama Counties


Norris, Alana, The Tuscaloosa News


The mission of Whatley Health Services, a nonprofit health center, is to provide primary health care services to the medically underserved residents of West Alabama by accepting all patients at locations across eight counties.

"You can go anywhere to be seen, but we provide care for self- pay(ing) patients and people without insurance," said Justin Rolling, the center's chief financial officer.

Whatley isn't a free clinic, but no patients will be turned away. The center runs on a combination of private and public money through grants and services provided. They accept all third-party insurance as well as uninsured patients who are charged on a sliding fee discount.

"The only way we are different than any other doctor's office is the fact that we give discounts based on the patient's income and household information," said Rajuan Sherman, the center's director of site management.

Last year, Whatley had about 26,000 patients and a total of 72,000 visits across Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Sumter, Walker, Pickens, Lamar and Greene counties through 37 providers. Those providers include physicians or MDs, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and dentists. Half of those providers are based at the Tuscaloosa location.

"We have good employees and good doctors and good patients, with the infrastructure and the ability to see more patients," Rolling said.

The headquarters is in Tuscaloosa at 2731 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in a newly renovated building. They have a 24-hour call center where operators answer calls and set up appointments. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

There is a bus stop in front of the center for easy access to the community. For people without transportation, they offer a van pick- up service for adults in the Tuscaloosa area who need medical services on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Plus, they have a mobile unit that travels around West Alabama.

Patients are able to receive multiple services on the same day, in the same building.

"Our doctors here are able to collaborate with each other," chiropractor Toya Burton said. "You can't get that at other practices. Everything is under one roof."

Wellness Wednesdays offere free health education class held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. A partnership with Walgreens has made a pharmacy available on-site.

A number of services are offered by Whatley, ranging from preventative healthcare and child wellness care to chiropractic services to ear, nose and throat, or ENT, treatment.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program is available to help people who are dealing with the disease and do not have sufficient insurance coverage. Prenatal care is offered to those who don't qualify for Medicaid.

Whatley provides internal care for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma and stroke. …

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