Who We Are
From the outside, the healthcare system can seem confusing, even foreboding, especially for patients with complex health issues and limited incomes. Trying to navigate the many complicated variables toward getting well can be overwhelming, and costly, not just to the patients, but to their individual communities as well.
Based in Greenville, N.C., Access East, Inc. has made its mission in helping to tie many of those loose ends together, for patients, and for healthcare providers. We address the different components of patient care not as separate concerns, but as parts of a greater whole. Think of it as whole-person care, a better, more-efficient path to patient-health improvement – and not coincidentally, it typically adds up to financial savings for patients, and their communities, as well.
What We Do
For 20 years now, Access East has been privileged to assist numerous eastern N.C. residents in navigating medical and other essential services on the path to better health. Our 5013(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation blossomed out of a series of collaborations and partnerships between healthcare organizations devoted to coordinating access to quality care for our region’s most vulnerable, including the chronically ill, the indigent, the underinsured and the uninsured, with the express goal of improving patient health outcomes and controlling healthcare costs.
Our many dedicated partners include more than 250 primary-care practices across our 27-county service area: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community health centers, health departments, safety-net and social service organizations, and hospitals, including the region’s largest, Vidant Medical Center, in conjunction with the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, both in Greenville.
We achieve our collaborative community-health objectives through four main business lines that together comprise an annual budget of more than $17 million. Our funding comes from the North Carolina Division of Health Benefits (NCDHB), plus multiple private charitable organizations and foundations, and individual donations.
Our Four Principal Service Lines
Our largest service line, and geographically the largest of the state’s 14 nonprofit Community Care Networks. CCPEC provides coordinated care to our region’s large Medicaid population.
An integrated, coordinated system of donated or reduced-fee healthcare services low-income, uninsured residents of Pitt, Greene, and Beaufort counties.
Our grant-funded Certified Marketplace Navigators provide no-cost assistance to consumers seeking health-coverage options through the state’s federally funded Healthcare Insurance Marketplace.
Owned by Access East and staffed and operated by community partner Greene County Health Care, Inc. (GCHC), this FQHC provides primary medical and dental services to low-income/uninsured patients from Pitt and surrounding counties.