Incorporated in 1985, Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center, Inc. (ICCHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center whose primary purpose is to provide accessible, affordable, quality primary health care for the uninsured and medically underserved populations in the communities we serve. ICCHC operates locations in five parishes, Iberia (New Iberia), Vermilion (Abbeville), St. Martin (St. Martinville), Lafayette, and Beauregard. We provide medical, dental, mental health, pharmacy, pediatrics, laboratory services, case management, health education, specialty referrals, outreach and social services to over 21,000 unduplicated patients and 64,000 visits annually. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and apply a discount fee schedule for families who do not have health insurance or any means to pay for services. Over 81.5% of our patients are either uninsured or underinsured (Medicaid or high deductible plans). ICCHC is authorized to operate under Section 330 of the Public health Service Act and receives funding from the United States Department of Health and Hospitals Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help subsidize care to the uninsured and underinsured. The funds provided by HRSA bridge the gap between the cost of providing services and what is affordable to a family or individual based upon their income. ICCHC is a Louisiana 501© 3, governed by a consumer majority community based board.
ICCHC has a long and rich tradition of providing health care services to the target population of the tri-parish community. Prior to the oil boom of the 1970's, the tri-parish service area had little economic development and very high rates of poverty. The sugar cane industry was the dominant trade in Iberia, Vermilion and St. Martin Parishes. The industry was heavily dependent on laborers to harvest the sugar. The area received national attention when "60 Minutes" disclosed the substandard working and living conditions of thousands of people who worked in the cane fields, in an expose report called, "behind the Cane Curtain". The report displayed the cruel social injustices the farm workers and their families lived every day; poverty, dangerous work conditions, high literacy rates and no access to medical treatment. In an attempt to respond to the medical needs of the community, Dr. Brunette King-Blue, a local physician, began providing basic medical services to residents who could not afford health services in her home. Dr. Blue would find patients waiting on the front porch of her home, upon her return from her full time job as an anesthesiologist. The need was quite evident and Dr. Blue, our founder, opened a clinic with the help of the Iberia Home Builder's Association and local physicians. Skilled laborers and contractors donated their time, money and materials to renovate a family property owned by Dr. Blue. Local physicians volunteered their time to treat patients in the clinic. From 1985 to 1989 the health center functioned as a free clinic providing medical services to the uninsured. In 1992 ICCHS became a free standing and independent Federally Qualified health Center. Our organization continues to realize Dr. Blue's vision of providing services to the most vulnerable populations of Southwest Louisiana by working diligently to expand and enhance the services we are able to provide to the underserved communities.