Little Rivers Healthcare Center was designated as a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) in December 2005. We formally began business operations in June of 2006.  Little Rivers is a not-for-profit organization. Little Rivers Health Care receives U.S. Department of Health & Human Services funding and has Federal Public Health Service deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

What is an FQHC?

FQHCs are expected to provide more comprehensive services than a traditional primary care practice, including assisting patients to access to oral health and dental care, behavioral and mental health services, and care coordination. We receive federal funding to enable us to provide sliding fee discounts to patients whose incomes fall within federal poverty guidelines. This funding is contingent on demonstrating that we meet very high standards in terms of the care we provide, and the way we conduct our business operations.

FQHCs play an increasingly important role in today's health care provider landscape. We deliver care that is more affordable and cost-effective, and more accessible. We provide excellent care that must meet national clinical standards, on which we are regularly reviewed and monitored. Meeting these  metrics assures that the care our patients receive is certainly equal to, and in many instances exceeds, that of private primary care organizations.

FQHCs contribute to the strength and well-being of their communities. Keeping individual citizens healthy translates to less absenteeism in schools and workplaces. We partner with local health and human service agencies, which leverages resources for our patients, and minimizes duplication. Like any other company, we maintain a strong link to the economic well-being of our community, by providing jobs, purchasing goods and services, and by attracting other investments into the area.

FQHCs make sure that you and your family get the health care you need - close to where you live and work.

LRHC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, more than half of whom must also be health center patients.

Board of Directors:

  • Carrie Bogie (from Groton, serving since 2016)

  • Margaret Burmeister (from Topsham, serving since 2009)

  • William Campbell, Chairperson (from Haverhill, serving since 2014)

  • Brynn Cole (from Newbury, serving since 2018)

  • Carole Freeman, Secretary (from Corinth, serving since 2003)

  • Dale Gephart, MD (from Thetford, serving since 2013)

  • Matt Knisley (From Groton, serving since 2018)

  • Scott Labun, Vice Chairperson (from Newbury, serving since 2012)

  • Monique Priestley (from Bradford, serving since 2014)

  • Timothy Ross, Treasurer (from Newbury, serving since 2016)

  • Pam Smith (from Groton, serving since 2017)