HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has donated $1 million to Thrive Alabama in Huntsville, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary care, behavioral healthcare, case management, and many other services for pediatric through geriatric patients. FQHCs are considered safety net providers for insured, persons with Medicaid and Medicare, and for the uninsured. Thrive Alabama works to keep patients out of area emergency rooms.
Thrive Alabama currently has six locations throughout Huntsville, and this donation will help consolidate its capacity, to include a 72,000 sq. ft. healthcare facility, providing services such as dental, vision, lab, pharmacy, and other services, all under one roof.
“Thrive Alabama is an important partner in the healthcare infrastructure for Huntsville, Madison County, and many other Northern Alabama areas,” said Stephanie A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. “We are honored to provide this donation that will help provide much needed services to the community, particularly the underserved population.”
County officials, along with representatives from the tribe and Thrive Alabama, took part in a check presentation ceremony recently at Thrive Alabama.
Thrive Alabama, a 501c3 incorporated in 1988, has grown to serve 6,500 patients in vulnerable populations in Huntsville and North Alabama. The expansion will allow Thrive Alabama to care for at least 22,000 patients.