Regional Health Clinic, Regional Health Systems federally qualified health center (FQHC), operates five locations in three Northwest Indiana communities: Hammond, East Chicago, and Merrillville. As a non-profit, community health center, we provide affordable medical and dental care to individuals of all ages, income and logistical challenges.
Nearly fifty years ago, Regional Health Systems began as two community mental health centers (CMHCs) providing outpatient behavioral health services to NWI Hoosiers. Over the years, the CMHCs expanded services to cover substance abuse and residential treatment, and eventually partnered to combine administrative services. The changes didn’t stop there. The CMHCs, after combining administrative services, united together as Regional Mental Health Center.
Throughout these changes, our core values (partnership, service, and community) have remained the driving forces behind our commitment to our clients’ progress and well-being — to treat the whole person. These attributes guided our most recent expansion to provide residents and our mental health clients affordable access to quality medical and dental care through Regional Health Clinic.
Regional looked to change the physical health disparities of those we serve, and in March 2014 we opened the first Regional Health Clinic in Hammond.
In August 2015, we became the first federally-qualified community health center (FQHC) in Indiana to open inside of a community mental health center — Regional Mental Health Center’s Stark Center in East Chicago. A year later, we expanded to North Hammond and included an on-site dental clinic. In July 2017, we opened the first FQHC in southern Lake County within Regional Mental Health Center's Strawhun Center in Merrillville. Our newest location opened doors on Purdue University Northwest - Hammond campus.
Regional Health Clinic receives federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has federal public health service deemed status with respect to certain health and health-related claims — including medical malpractice for the clinic and covered employees.