Health offices move under one roof

The Community Health Center of Jackson County will soon have all of its dental and medical offices under one roof at 120 St. Louis Ave. in downtown Seymour.

The health center opened in 2005 and is operated by Indiana Health Centers Inc.

IHC Jackson County plans to move its health and dental clinic from the first floor of the Community Agency Building, 113 N. Chestnut St., to the former location of The Pardieck Law Firm.

Amie Brunner, practice manager of the health center, said some staff members already have moved from the Community Agency Building to the renovated location on the corner of Chestnut Street and St. Louis Avenue in downtown Seymour.

On Jan. 1, 2020, attorney Roger Pardieck closed the doors at The Pardieck Law Firm for good. The firm had been located at 100 N. Chestnut St. since 1985 when Pardieck opened his own firm there.

“We already had the upper space of The Pardieck Law Firm building, but with purchasing the whole building, we were able to finish out the basement and ground level so we can get everyone in one space,” Brunner said.

“We’re still in the middle of the renovation, but all of the medical staff has moved here on the corner of St. Louis Avenue and North Chestnut Street,” she said. “The dental clinic and a behavioral counselor from Centerstone are still at the Community Agency Building.”

After IHC moves the remainder of its health and dental clinic from the first floor of the Community Agency Building, it will be leaving 6,000 square feet of space available for lease.

Brunner said the construction crew finished the basement and the main level of the renovated building in December. After that, the medical staff moved in. Currently, the work crew is finishing up the top level.

“We’re combining our locations just to have everyone together because even though the locations were across the street, it was essentially like two separate clinics,” Brunner said. “So to bring it together and bring everyone under one roof will make it easier for both the patients and the staff.”

She said as of now, the plan is to move the remaining health offices out of the Community Agency Building on April 8 and 9.

“We are excited since we will be expanding our dental office,” she said. “We also just purchased the existing building attached to the current one so that we can continue to expand, adding in additional behavioral health and medical providers to better serve the community.”

Brunner joined the Indiana Health Centers team in March 2020 as the nurse manager at IHC Jackson County and became practice manager in March 2021.

She said there are 10 IHC locations across the state.

“Anyone is eligible to come here for service, including people with no insurance,” Brunner said. “We also take people with Medicare/Medicaid as well as people with commercial or traditional insurance.”

She said the health center offers a sliding fee scale, so for patients who don’t have insurance, they pay a certain amount per visit based on their household income.

This means services may not be free, depending on income. The patient is required to prove financial need to receive free services or services at a reduced cost.

The center also is income-based for those making an income, and IHC Jackson County can cover services such as checkups, treatment, pregnancy care (where applicable), immunizations and child care (where applicable), prescription medicine and mental and substance abuse (where applicable).