According to Thrive Alabama, 375,000 people in North Alabama need a primary care physician but can’t find one willing to accept patients with little to no insurance. Thrive Alabama is helping to change that.
Thrive opened their doors in Huntsville over thirty years ago with a focus in treating HIV. Last year, they expanded to primary care, and recently, they became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Director of Development and Marketing, Mark Moore, said, “We can provide health care to people from all walks of life with all sorts of health conditions, and we’re able to do that for people with insurance or for people who don’t have insurance.”
About three months ago, Thrive expanded their services to pediatric care.
CEO of Thrive Alabama, Mary Elizabeth Marr, said, “We take any children whether they have CHIP or ALL Kids or whether they don’t have any insurance at all, and we will help you get on some insurance.”
Their goal is to make it easy for anyone to go to the doctor, and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thrive is building a new location on the corner of Washington street and Oakwood avenue. They plan to break ground this summer.
“When we are fully staffed and in our new building, we will actually be seeing, 12 to 14 thousand people a year, unduplicated individuals a year, for their health care, their dental, their vision, their behavioral health,” said Marr.
Thrive’s growth is also bringing more jobs to the area. They’ll nearly double in staff once the new building is open.
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