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Stay up to date on the latest news from Fetter Health Care Network by viewing our updates below.

News & Blogs

Stay up to date on the latest news from Fetter Health Care Network by viewing our updates below.

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October 18, 2023

Fetter Health Care Network Expands Outreach Efforts with New Mobile Unit

Charleston, SC – Fetter Health Care Network (Fetter) has received funding through the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to acquire an additional mobile medical unit. This new unit will enhance Fetter’s ongoing outreach efforts, improving access to vital, high-quality healthcare services throughout Lowcountry communities.

The new expansion was made possible via close collaboration with MUSC, which worked with state legislature Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Leon Stavrinakis to secure funding for the new mobile unit through state appropriations. Funds were appropriated within MUSC’s state budget and have since been passed on to Fetter.

These efforts were also supported by Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s advocacy for public support of a mobile unit operated by Fetter to address under-resourced, underserved tri-county communities and residents.

“It is important we champion health equity in Charleston,” said Rep. Gilliard. “I am unwavering in my commitment to bringing vital funding to the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s annual Nehemiah assembly and Fetter Health Care Network’s mobile clinics, ensuring rural communities thrive with access to essential healthcare. Together, we will build a healthier, more equitable future.”

“With the new funding for this important initiative, we are making sure that our community members have access to the highest quality of healthcare, no matter where they may be,” said Rep. Stavrinakis. “This is but one more step in ensuring the well-being and visibility of all Lowcountry citizens.”

This addition to Fetter’s existing mobile unit program will increase the nonprofit’s outreach effort capabilities, directly uniting Lowcountry citizens with essential, quality healthcare services that would be otherwise inaccessible.

“Our team is incredibly grateful for this generous support and collaboration,” shared Fetter CEO Dr. Aretha Polite-Powers. “This new unit will be invaluable to improving the well-being of patients and increasing access to affordable quality care across the Lowcountry. We are grateful to all who have advocated for healthier outcomes in our community.”

For more information on Fetter’s services or to schedule an appointment, visit FetterHealthCare.org or call 843-722-4112.

About Fetter Health Care Network

Fetter Health Care Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) chartered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the State of South Carolina in 1975. Fetter provides comprehensive services for insured, uninsured and underserved residents in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties. Today, Fetter Health Care Network has 27 different sites, including mobile units, medical laboratories and pharmacies.


August 23, 2023

Fetter Health Care Network awarded $2 million grant toward maternal health care efforts

Charleston, SC – Fetter Health Care Network (Fetter) has been awarded the Quality Improvement Fund Maternal Health (QIF-MH) grant, a $2 million award provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program. This grant, which totals more than $65 million dispersed amongst more than a dozen HRSA-funded health centers, will be instrumental in enhancing the quality and accessibility of prenatal care services throughout the Lowcountry. The award is part of a larger, whole-of-government strategy to improve U.S. maternal health, particularly in underserved communities.

As part of a larger two-year grant program, this award supports Fetter in improving maternal health services in racial and ethnic communities impacted by health disparities. Funds from this award will propel initiatives that increase early access and dismantle barriers to prenatal care, improve maternal health outcomes and provide diabetes prevention. The grant will also assist in integrating maternal health with behavioral health services while introducing the CenteringPregnancy care model to Fetter’s prenatal offerings via an educational support group offered to expecting mothers. 

“We are grateful for this support that enables us to make significant advancements that promote the wellness of our community,” shared Fetter CEO Dr. Aretha Powers. “This grant will allow us to procure cutting-edge equipment and expand our care staff, ensuring that expectant Lowcountry mothers and their children receive the comprehensive care they deserve.”

This significant grant will strengthen Fetter’s existing prenatal care services, allowing the nonprofit to invest in new equipment, including ultrasound machines, telehealth machines and exam beds, and increase the ease and availability of on-site and virtual prenatal care services. Funding will also support the expansion of its care staff, increasing availability to qualified and specialized providers.

Fetter women’s health services are available throughout its Lowcountry locations, with OB/GYN specialty services based out of the Charleston Family Health Center in downtown Charleston and the Women & Children’s Annex of Thaddeus J. Bell, MD Family Health Center in Summerville. For more information on Fetter’s services or to schedule an appointment, visit FetterHealthCare.org or call 843-722-4112.

About Fetter Health Care Network

Fetter Health Care Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) chartered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the State of South Carolina in 1975. Fetter provides comprehensive services for insured, uninsured and underserved residents in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties. Today, Fetter Health Care Network has 27 different sites, including mobile units, medical laboratories and pharmacies.


2023 National Health Center Week Flyer

August 8, 2023

National Health Center Week 2023 | August 6 -12

From Aug. 6 to 12, Fetter Health Care Network and community health centers (CHCs) across the nation come together to celebrate National Health Center Week. This annual awareness week is hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network and highlights the essential services, accomplishments and critical roles that American CHCs play in promoting health and wellness.

As cornerstones for care in their communities, CHCs serve patients from all walks of life in a collective mission to make quality, reliable care available to all, regardless of their ability to pay. Fetter is proud to be a link in this chain of compassionate support that is essential to so many. We invite you to join us in celebrating this vision of CHCs across the nation.

This year’s National Health Center Week theme, “Community Health Center – The Chemistry for Strong Communities,” highlights the building blocks of CHCs that help heal our diverse body of clients.

Fetter’s official NHCW 2023 schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Aug. 6: Public Health in Housing Day at Meeting Street Manor | 12 – 4 p.m.

Low-impact exercise, Zumba classes and heart health education will be provided for all ages. Essential supplies, dental items and free haircut certificates will be provided for school-aged children.

Monday, Aug. 7: Healthcare for People Experiencing Homelessness at Hampstead Mall Park | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

On-site Fetter staff will provide health screenings, hygiene kits, socks, blankets and other essential items to community members experiencing homelessness

Tuesday, Aug. 8: Agricultural Worker Health Day at Boone Hall Plantation | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Outreach teams will deliver essential items such as clothing, hygiene and first aid products and provide heat safety education to local agricultural workers

Wednesday, Aug. 9: Patient Appreciation Day at All Fetter Locations | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fetter staff will assist patients with scheduling appointments and providing health and wellness education. Patients will receive a boxed lunch and Fetter swag.

Thursday, Aug. 10: Stakeholders Appreciation Day at Charleston Family Health Center & Thaddeus J. Bell, MD Family Health Center | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location managers will provide facility tours and tokens of appreciation to community partners, elected officials and board members

Friday, Aug. 11:  Health Center Staff Appreciation Day at All Fetter Locations | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fetter’s leadership team will recognize the staff for their incredible dedication to our health center’s patients and mission. Lunch and gifts will be provided to all.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Children’s Health Day at R.B. Stall High School | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fetter staff will educate the community on pediatric health and services. This event will feature fun for all, including food trucks, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more.

While National Health Center Week celebrates the work of CHCs and their compassionate staff, it, more importantly, serves as a way to increase the visibility of these centers. By promoting community awareness, we are able to connect more patients to the care they need and see true to our mission of providing accessible, reliable care to all.

Visit FetterHealthCareNetwork.org to learn more about Fetter’s role as a community health center and explore our wide range of services. Contact us today at 843-722-4112 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.


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