History StayWell Health Center (SHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been operating in Waterbury since 1972. It opened as part of the Model Cities Program, a federal effort to bring health services to the Medically Underserved Areas of the city. Originally operated by the City of Waterbury, Department of Health, StayWell Health Center became a non-profit tax-exempt corporation in 1994. Since then, it has seen steady growth in its client base and its role as a healthcare provider within the community. In September 2000, it was designated as a 330 funded Federally Qualified Health Center. This year we expect to provide over 50,000 patient visits.
In the Summer of 2006, StayWell Health Center purchased The Phoenix Professional Plaza and merged the site located at 232 North Elm Street with the site at 80 Phoenix Avenue to form one North End site. The site at 232 North Elm Street closed on November 16, 2006 and the newly merged StayWell North End opened on November 20, 2006. In the future, StayWell’s North End site will announce new hours of operations, which will include evenings, weekends and urgent care services.
StayWell Health Center participates in the Waterbury Ryan White I Consortium, combined from all locations the Federal Health Disparities Collaborative and implements several community-based programs including the Regional Healthy Start Initiative, and the Nurturing Connections Network. We are one of the only points of access to quality primary care in Waterbury for low-income and uninsured people. All patients are accepted regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status.
As such, it is part of the Continuum of Care in the Greater Waterbury area. It’s health care staff are culturally and linguistically competent to meet the needs of the community. Several internal committees are utilized to ensure quality and dignity for all patients, including an effective Peer Review Committee and Performance Improvement Committees. StayWell Health Center is especially proud to be a practice site for the Yale Medical School Primary Care Residency Program and the University of Connecticut’s School of Dentistry. In addition, StayWell Health Center participates in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. SHC’s Medical Director is a member of the Clinical Issues Committee of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.
StayWell Health Center is committed to providing high quality community health care and social services to the underserved and underinsured of the Greater Waterbury area, including medical, dental, and mental health with the focus on prevention. StayWell Health Center has adopted a comprehensive, community based approach to serving people by providing education, advocacy, and bilingual/bicultural service.
It is the goal of StayWell Health Center to provide primary health care, dental, mental health, health education, outreach and case management services to all medically underserved citizens in our service area regardless of their ability to pay.
80 Phoenix Avenue
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Driggs Elementary School-Based Clinic Open Arms - 114 Benedict Street
Open Arms - 95 Thomaston Avenue
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