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Expanding Access to Healthcare

March 6, 2017 | Impact Stories

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Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) is a nonprofit community health center based in Danville

with locations in Chatham, Martinsville, and Boydton (Medically Underserved Areas) which offers
primary care services including pediatrics. PATHS’ vision is to be a catalyst for change, making a healthy
life possible for everyone. The center serves all patients regardless of their ability to pay and 40% of
their patients are uninsured.

PATHS decided to increase its Danville facility to expand health care for residents. With a grant of over
$2 million from the Department of Health Resources and Services Administration for this expansion, the
center fell short of the budget needed and sought Virginia Community Capital’s help with innovative
financing and collaborative leadership, including a gap construction loan, mortgage refinancing, and
working capital line.

The rise and fall of Dan River Inc., a textile company in Danville, hurt the area’s economy, leaving many
without jobs. With VCC’s help, the expansion will be adding six employees. PATHS will establish
pediatric behavioral health services and grow its pediatrics and pharmacy, and OB/GYN. With a childfriendly
look, the new space has a sick and well waiting room and families are expected to really like it.
The new services will help diagnose children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and autism
early.
Kay Crane, PATHS’ Executive Director, said, “I really enjoyed working with VCC – they made it so easy for
us, the process was effortless. I especially liked that VCC understood our mission and that we are here
to serve community residents who have traditionally been underserved. This enabled them to offer
valuable insights which helped us achieve our goals to provide expanded access to healthcare. On a
scale of 1 to 10, I would rate them above 10 and would absolutely recommend VCC to others seeking
innovative capital.”

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