Fetter Health Care Network, formerly known as the Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center, was established under the auspices of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as a demonstration project initially funded by the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity. It was established to provide comprehensive health care services to Charleston’s low-income community.
Over time, federal legislation established this project as a Community Health Center under Public Law 9564, Section 330, of the Federal Regulation. Fetter is the oldest federally-qualified, health center in South Carolina. In 1975, Fetter was registered as a 501c3 non-profit in the state of South Carolina.
Initial funding was secured by a group of concerned citizens including Dr. Franklin C. Fetter (former Dean of MUSC), Father Henry Grant (community organizer), former SC Senator Herbert U. Fielding, former US Senator Ernest F. Hollings, and Mr. J. Arthur Brown (community leader). These individuals submitted an application to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to establish health services to a needy population.
The Health Center’s sources of revenue are generated from: Private Insurance, Fees-for -Service, Medicare, Medicaid, and Grant Funds.
In 2017, Fetter Health Care Network will celebrate 50 years of providing affordable, quality primary health care services.