Partnership Health Center
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Partnership Health Center
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What exactly is a Community Health Center?
- Community Health Centers are local, non-profit, community-owned
health care centers operating in communities across the nation. For
nearly 40 years, the national network of health centers has provided
high quality affordable primary care. Also known as Federally
Qualified Health Centers, they are located in areas where care is
needed but scarce.
- 2. I have health insurance benefits, why would I want to go to
Partnership Health Center?
- Partnership Health Center is your community health center--we
offer health care to everyone in our community. By supporting
Missoula's community health center, you'll receive high quality
health care at great savings. Partnership Health Center offers
comprehensive medical care for the whole family, dental care, and
- 3. How do I know if I my salary is too high to qualify?
- There are no income restrictions to receiving care at Partnership
Health Center. Depending on your family income and family size, you
may qualify for discounts on our sliding fee scale.
- 4. Developing a relationship with my doctor is important to me,
can I choose which doctor I see?
- Yes! We encourage you to be a full participant in your own health
care. We have over 35 providers, including a growing number of Medical
Residents practicing at PHC under the University of Montana’s Family
Medicine Residency Program. Below is a list of our current providers.
Open panels may vary. Please call 258-4789 for more information or to
schedule an appointment.
Partnership Health Center Providers:
- Dr. Darin Bell
- Danielle Chapin, PA-C
- Dr. Kevin Chin, DO
- Lila Erickson, PA-C
- Dr. Todd Fife (Seeley Swan Health Center)
- Dr. Colleen Harrison
- Dr. Nerissa Koehn
- Dr. Kate Krebsbach, DO
- Winslow Lewis, PA-C
- Doug Marbarger, PA-C
- Dr. Marc Mentel, DO
- Dr. John Miller
- Dr. Elizabeth Paddock
- Lynne Rogers, FNP
- Dr. Ned Vasquez
U of M Family Medicine Residency Providers
- Dr. Nick Blake
- Dr. Nicole Breen, DO
- Dr. Jesse Charles
- Dr. Harshida Chaudhari
- Dr. Amy Consson
- Dr. Michael Druschel
- Dr. Benjamin Grass
- Dr. Felicia Lucas
- Dr. Daniel McCarthy, DO
- Dr. Tim Ochoa, DO
- Dr. Justin Perry
- Dr. Saul Rivard
- Dr. Nicole Russell
- Dr. Megan Svec
- Dr. Sarah Watson, DO
- Dr. Emma Wright
- Dr. Sarah Zuger
- 5. My husband has a chronic medical condition that requires
monitoring by a physician, is this beyond the scope of care provided
at Partnership Health Center?
- No. At Partnership Health Center, we provide care to many patients
with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic
illnesses. In fact, Partnership Health Center has participated in
the National Diabetes Collaborative for the past three years. This
has provided our practitioners with the best and latest information
in diabetes management, and has strengthened Partnership Health
Center's ability to provide chronic disease management for a wide
array of illnesses.
- 6. How long does it take to get an appointment with a doctor?
- The current waiting time to see a provider is about 2 to 4 weeks.
Once you have been seen as a New Patient & established Primary Care
with a provider, Partnership Health Center has a number of Same Day
Appointments available for established patients. If you call when the
phones open at 8am Monday & Wednesday-Friday, or at 9am on Tuesday,
there is a good chance we can see you the same day. If you have a
child under the age of 18yrs who needs to be seen, bring them in. We
will work them in, no matter their status as a patient at PHC. If you
are an adult and need to be seen in the short term as a New Patient,
please call or come in. We may have a cancellation open for you.
- 7. I hear so much about the demand for dental services and the
long wait to see a dentist at Partnership Health Center. Should I
bother trying to make a dental appointment at Partnership Health
- Partnership Health Center was awarded a Federal Oral Health
Expansion Grant that effectively doubled the size of our dental clinic
in 2005. Currently PHC has five dentists and three hygienists. Urgent
appointments are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at
7:15am. You do not have to be an established PHC Dental patient to be
seen for an emergency appointment, they are walk-in only. If you’d
like to schedule a New Patient Comprehensive Exam for ongoing dental
treatment, call 258-4185 on a Monday or a Tuesday to schedule. These
appointments are generally booked out about 4 weeks due to high demand
for dental services on a sliding fee scale.
- 8. My daughter's medications are expensive. Can Partnership Health
Center's pharmacy provide any savings?
- As a patient at Partnership Health Center, you qualify for certain
medicines at costs reduced 25% to 50% depending on the medication.
Our pharmacy also has a number of medication assistance programs
that can provide other discounts.
- 9. What if I need specialty care?
- Partnership Health Center has a strong relationship with
specialists in private practice and will refer you to specialists as
necessary. The sliding fee scale does not apply to charges rendered at
a private clinic. However, PHC also rotates a few specialists through
its’ clinic that may see you at PHC on the sliding fee scale upon an
- 10. My child is starting day care, can Partnership Health Center
provide her with the right immunizations and a physical?
- Yes! Partnership Health Center provides physical exams to people
of all ages, and provides immunizations for children of all ages,
adults, as well as seasonal flu shots.
- 11. I am currently happy with my family's doctor's office.
However, my mother-in-law is on Medicare and having a hard time
affording her health care costs. Can Partnership Health Center help
- Yes, however, your family member will need to transfer their
primary care to PHC. All of our discounted services begin with primary
care. As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, Partnership
Health Center can provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.
- 12. Where is Partnership Health Center located?
- Partnership Health Center is conveniently located in downtown
Missoula, at 401 Railroad St. W. PHC is easily accessed from I-90 via
the Orange St Exit. PHC is also just blocks away from the Mountain
Line Transfer Station also located downtown.
- 13. When is Partnership Health Center open for business?
- Medical Clinic hours: 7:30-6pm M, W-F (phone lines open at 8am); 9am-6pm Tues
- Lab hours: 8:30am-4:30pm M, W-F; 9am-4:30pm Tues
- Dental Clinic hours: 7:15am-5pm M, W-F; 9am-5pm Tues
- Pharmacy hours: 8:30am-6pm M, W-F; 9am-6pm Tues
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