MCHC Innovates to Meet Community Needs

September 4, 2018

KHCN member Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) has renovated space and established several unique programs to improve the health status of the southeastern Kentucky communities it serves.

MCHC optometry space

Administrative offices vacated space in the Whitesburg clinic location to provide for renovation and expansion of several services, including pediatrics and optometry.  The case management department is also expanding.  While case management serves to improve several chronic conditions, one focus has been to improve diabetes control in the patients it serves.  MCHC provides several opportunities for diabetic education at several of its locations, it recently started a program using continuous glucose monitoring for patients that had trouble controlling blood sugars.  The case management team is experiencing great results from the program.

Another successful service has been the MCHC substance abuse program for pregnant women.  96% of children born in the program are able to go home with their parents.  71% of the babies born in the program did not need medications at birth compared to 18% nationally.

MCHC CEO Mike Caudill spoke during the CANE Open House

MCHC was also a founding partner of Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprises, Inc., (CANE).  Last week, CANE celebrated it’s opening in the Whitesburg High School building, which had been closed for 12 years.  The building houses a certified community kitchen, which will provide space for local chefs to take local produce – more than 100,000 pounds in Letcher County so far this year – to make farm fresh products.  The space will also provide the perfect place for nutrition and cooking education for the community.  Warren Beeler, Director of Agriculture Policy at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, attended the celebration and shared his excitement about this opening because “community kitchens are what’s missing from the local food movement.”  Valerie Horn of the Community Farm Alliance told the large crowd in attendance that this project will grow a physically and financially healthier community.

MCHC offers comprehensive health services which include medical, dental, optometry, behavioral health, and podiatry care to patients of all ages.  Innovative programs such as a black lung clinic, office hours seven days per week, FARMACY program, and a day care for children of employees are also offered by MCHC.   To learn more about Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, visit

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