Western North Carolina Community Health Services expands affordable healthcare options in WNC with the opening of the Hominy Valley Health Center in Candler

Press release via WNCCHS

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS)  announces plans to open the  Hominy Valley Health Center in early May. The health center site will be co-located at the Hominy Valley Crisis Center operated by Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. Currently more than 1,300 WNCCHS patients live in the Candler area, and the new site should make it much more convenient for many of them to obtain health care closer to home and will also increase access to care for others who live in the area. This expansion of WNCCHS model of affordable, integrated, community health care will give more options to more Buncombe County residents. The Hominy Valley Health Center was made possible by the generous support of the Dogwood Health Trust.

“Dogwood Health Trust’s grant will increase our capacity to serve an additional 500 patients which is an increase of more than 20%. By supporting the Hominy Valley Health Center,  Dogwood Health Trust is helping us provide high quality, affordable health access in the Candler community.  We are grateful for Dogwood’s commitment.”- Kim Wagenaar,  Chief Executive Officer, WNCCHS

“Dogwood’s purpose is to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in Western North Carolina. Part of that work includes increasing access to high-quality, culturally appropriate, whole-person care – especially for historically under resourced populations. Health centers like WNCCHS are incredibly valuable partner.” – Dr. Susan Mims, interim CEO at Dogwood Health Trust

“Having collaborated with WNC Community Health Services for over 20 years, ABCCM is honored to have them co-locate their clinic services in Enka-Candler at the ABCCM Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry.  A survey in 2010 showed that 1 in 3 families asking for food also had health care needs.  Most were underinsured or uninsured and needed access to medical, dental, pharmacy and mental health care.  We are thrilled to have WNC Community Health services bring this broad array of services to our community.” – Scott Rogers, Executive Director, ABCCM


WNCCHS is a federally qualified community health center located in Asheville, North Carolina. Our goal is to provide all residents of Buncombe and nearby counties with a medical home and with a provider they can know and trust, in an atmosphere that promotes respect and dignity.  WNCCHS has been serving western North Carolina since 1994, and as a federally qualified health center since 2007.  In 2021 WNCCHS served almost 14,000 unduplicated patients, while providing COVID-19 testing and screening, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations to the community.  WNCCHS is governed by a patient majority board of directors.

About Dogwood Health Trust 

Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellbeing. With a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity and health and wellness, Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn, and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions.


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