AxessPointe Community Health Centers are federally qualified health centers (commonly called community health centers) located in Northeast Ohio. Originally named Akron Community Health Resources, Inc., the first center located in Akron, OH received funding in 1994 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to establish the first federally qualified health center in Summit County and began providing services in August 1995.
A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental, mental, and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. FQHCs receive operating grants under Section 330 of the United States Public Health Service Act. In order to comply with federal law, FQHCs must be established as a not-for-profit corporation and the majority of the board of directors must be consumers of the services provided by the facility.
In 2008, the Board of Directors voted to extend our services to Portage County. The AxessPointe/Kent site is located in Kent, Ohio on Route 59, convenient to both the communities of Kent and Ravenna.
AxessPointe/Barberton site was awarded a New Access Point status in June 2012 and opened to service the Barberton community in February 2013.
In 2014, two additional sites were added. The new sites reflect the Board of Directors commitment to provide access to quality healthcare for the underserved. The new sites are AxessPointe/Portage Path, a cutting edge integrated care project coordinated with Portage Path Behavioral Health Services, and AxessPointe/Akron General Broadway, a collaborative with Akron General Health System to improve access to care in the 44311 zip code and surrounding areas. The AxessPointe/Akron General site is the first community health center in Akron to provide the specialty services of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Internal Medicine.
Our target population is the uninsured, under-insured, and Federally insured patient (Medicaid and Medicare) who may not have access to affordable medical and dental care. The high quality and credentialed health care teams at each AxessPointe site provide diagnosis, treatment, and preventive medical and dental services. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurances, and provide a sliding fee scale for patients without insurance.
FTCA Deemed Facility
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Since its enactment in 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has been the legal mechanism for compensating people who have suffered personal injury by the negligent or wrongful action of employees of the U.S. Government. Under Section 224 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995, employees of eligible health centers may be deemed to be federal employees qualified for protection under the FTCA.
The health centers or their providers are not liable for any settlements or judgments that are made. The Federal Government assumes responsibility for these costs. The health center, their employees, and eligible contractors are considered federal employees immune from suit for medical malpractice claims while acting within the scope of their employment.
Once deemed, centers are not liable for any settlements or judgments that are made under the FTCA. The Federal government assumes responsibility for these costs. Deemed health center program grantees are immune from medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions within the approved scope of project.
A patient who alleges acts of medical malpractice by a deemed health center cannot sue the center or the provider directly, but must file the claim against the United States Government.
These claims are reviewed and/or litigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel and the Department of Justice according to FTCA requirements.