Fiver Rivers Health Centers
Five Rivers Health Centers (FRHC) is Dayton’s first Federally Qualified Health Centers-Look-Alike. Five Rivers Health Centers serves as a medical home for the low-income Dayton community members. With four primary care locations (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics) and three specialty care locations, FRHC served over 15,007 patients with 48,818 visits in 2012.
FRHC offers an affordable sliding fee scale for individuals and families without insurance. The discount is based on household income and size. Patients need to provide proof of income to their first appointment to qualified for the program
Our specialties include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Adult Transitional Sickle Cell, Health Lifestyles, Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology (GI), General Surgery, Hand Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Mental Health, Nephrology (Renal Care), Neurology, Orthopedics – Surgical and Non-Surgical, and Rheumatology.
Patients of Five Rivers Health Centers are also eligible to purchase affordable medications at the Five Rivers Health Centers Pharmacy, located at the Medical Surgical Health Center location. This 340B Pharmacy offers a discount drug program on the majority of our generic medications to our patients.
Five Rivers Health Centers Dental Clinic
The Five Rivers Health Centers Dental Clinic offers the Dayton area a complete dental service, with procedures ranging from teeth cleaning to trauma dental surgery. The center is capable of caring for the region's most serious dental problems and offers care that dentists may send patients to a subspecialist for, like periodontal surgery, endodontics, and oral surgery. On staff at the Dental Center is one Periodontists, an Endodontist, one Pedodontists, and two Oral Surgeons who work with the general dentists on a scheduled basis.
A private dentist office offers only dental services and may not be able to treat the full needs of a patient who has other medical issues separate from or as a result of dental problems. At the Dental Center, we have the unique ability to treat patients who might need care for conditions other than dental at the same time as their medical conditions are being monitored or controlled for the procedure, like a patient on blood thinners who needs his status known and possibly controlled during surgical dental procedures.
Services include, but are not limited to:
- Preventative dentistry
- Root canals
- Restorative dentistry
- Crown and bridge work
- Periodontal treatment
- Oral surgery
While many of us can obtain dental care in the traditional dental office setting, there are some patients who are unable to receive the necessary care safely in that environment. Individuals in this category could include very young children with multiple dental problems, the mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled and patients who have a medical condition that must be strictly controlled during dental care. For those individuals, the Dental Center provides the opportunity for these patients to be seen in the hospital’s ambulatory surgery center, where limited but necessary dental care can be provided. For most of our patients, it is a same-day procedure so that they may return home after recovery from the anesthetic.
Youth Dental Program
The Youth Dental Program at The Five Rivers Health Centers offers free dental care to qualifying kindergarten through 12th grade youths in Montgomery County. Often school nurses call and refer a child in pain or a teacher discovers a child in need of dental work. The program does cleanings, exams, restorative work, extractions, crowns, bridges, and root canals. Eligible youths must live in Montgomery County, go to school, and not have dental insurance coverage. Family income is used to determine eligibility. This program is 100 percent free and partially funded by Dayton Public Schools. The program is available during the traditional school year (September through June).
Source: Gina McFarlane-El, Director, Five Rivers Health Center
Content Updated: September 30, 2013