Fairfield Local School District and Highland Health Providers have been awarded $3,235,560 grant to open new school-based health center/STEM-Workforce

Posted on April 17, 2024

Leesburg, Ohio (March 22, 2024) — Fairfield Local School District and Highland Health Providers will partner to open a new school-based health center and STEM - Workforce Center thanks to a $3,235,560 grant announced today as part of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s ongoing investment in Ohio’s Appalachian communities.

The Appalachian Children’s Health Initiative, announced by Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, is a more than $64 million investment that includes dozens of projects to improve access to healthcare in 36 communities across 20 Appalachian counties in Ohio. It is the largest investment in school-based health services in the state of Ohio.

In partnership with Highland Health Providers (HHP), Fairfield Local School District will build and open a school-based health center in the Fairfield Local School District to meet the health and wellness needs of students, families and the local community. Services will be provided through a mix of on-site and telehealth resources providing access to both comprehensive primary care, and mental and behavioral health resources, to decrease behaviors such as student tardiness and absenteeism.

Additionally, Fairfield Local will add classroom space to support workforce development and STEM education expansion and will be leveraged as an extension of the established career readiness program.

"We are excited to announce our partnership with Highland Health Providers to establish a school-based health center within the Fairfield Local School District. This initiative represents a significant step forward in our commitment to prioritize the health and wellness of our students and community. In addition to health services, this project will also facilitate the expansion of classroom space to support workforce development and STEM education. We envision our school as an incubator for career readiness, equipping students with the skills and resources they need for success in today's evolving workforce." – Kesia McCoy, Superintendent

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Fairfield Local School District to invest in health equity opportunities within this community. Being selected as a recipient of funds from the Appalachian Children’s Health Initiative allows Highland Health Providers to further our mission to provide exceptional, accessible, quality healthcare where gaps exist within our public health system. We look forward to providing exceptional care not only to the students and staff at Fairfield Local Schools, but also the community at large.” – Mandy Warix, Executive Director, Highland Health Providers

The grant proposal was prepared by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus on behalf of the Appalachian Children Coalition to improve children’s access to the care they need where they spend most of their time – in school. The new or expanded services, including primary care, behavioral health and preventive care, will reach nearly 375,000 youth, families and community members. Each project varies based on community needs.

“We appreciate Gov. DeWine’s commitment to the health of children in the Appalachian region and are excited to be able to lead the effort to bring local healthcare services to meet their needs,” said Randy Leite, PhD, executive director of the Appalachian Children Coalition. “For many children and families, the lack of access to local healthcare services leads to any number of negative health and educational outcomes. The school-based clinics and services to be developed as part of this program will provide access that is so desperately needed. We share Gov. DeWine’s commitment to our children and know that our many partners in this effort do, too.”

Schools can play a critical role in improving a child’s health and well-being. More than 150 traditional school-based health center sites operate or are under development in Ohio, according to the Ohio School-Based Health Alliance. This project will open 16 new school-based health centers, along with mobile care services, behavioral health services, dental services and mobile vision services.

To ensure seamless implementation across the many projects, and sustained success of these efforts and investment, the project incorporates built-in technical assistance support from Nationwide Children’s. Nationwide Children’s operates 17 school-based primary care clinics in central Ohio and has partnered with the state of Ohio, healthcare providers, nonprofit funders, school nurses and school districts across the state to support the development of school-based health programs in over 38 mostly Appalachian counties.

“We know that children can reach their full potential in the classroom when they are healthy, live in a safe and stable environment, and have access to the resources they need,” said Mary Kay Irwin, EdD, senior director of school health services for Nationwide Children’s. “By partnering with schools, we are helping many children access important care they would otherwise not receive. If we want to improve health outcomes for all children, we must work together and meet families where they are.”

This unprecedented $64 million investment in school-based and community health is part of the state’s $500 million “OhioBuilds – Small Communities – Big Impact – A Plan for Appalachia” community grant program announced in 2022. The program is administered by the Governor's Office of Appalachia within the Ohio Department of Development.

Physicians for Women Welcome Roxanne Groseth, Nurse Practitioner, for Gynecology Services

Posted on April 17, 2024

Hillsboro, Ohio, April 9, 2024- Highland Health Providers is pleased to announce that Roxanne Groseth, APRN-CNP, will be joining Physicians for Women full time for gynecology services. Roxanne graduated with her nursing degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2009. She then worked as a registered nurse for 14 years in the Cincinnati area before graduating from the University of Cincinnati Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program in 2023. To schedule a gynecology appointment with Roxanne Groseth, please call Physicians for Women at 937.393.3406.

Highland Health Providers Welcomes Bruce Montgomery to Greenfield Medical Services

Posted on December 22, 2022

Hillsboro, Ohio, December 15, 2022- Highland Health Providers is pleased to announce the addition of board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Bruce Montgomery, to Greenfield Medical Services. Dr. Montgomery completed his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, and then received his Doctor of Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Montgomery served extensively in the United States Air Force for over 20 years, and practiced as a physician at Wright-Patterson, Eglin, and Laughlin Air Force Bases before serving at the 180th Fighter Wing, for the Ohio National Guard. He most recently served at the Veterans Administration in Toledo, Ohio before coming to southern Ohio. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Montgomery, please call Greenfield Medical Services at 937.981.1121.

Highland Health Providers Names Tammy Langdon New Executive Director

Posted on December 22, 2022

Hillsboro, Ohio, December 22, 2022- Highland Health Providers is pleased to announce the employment of Tammy Langdon as the new Executive Director effective January 9, 2023.

Tammy most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Harness Health Partners, a division of Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tammy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and her Master of Business Administration both at Indiana Wesleyan University. She was also named a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and received her certification as a Medical Practice Executive from the Medical Group Management Association.

Dr. Ramesh Shivani & South Central Ohio Psychiatric Associates Relocating to Highland Health Providers - Highland Family Medicine

Posted on May 26, 2021

Hillsboro, Ohio, May 26, 2021- Effective June 1, 2021, the South Central Ohio Psychiatric Associates office and Dr. Ramesh Shivani will be relocating to Highland Health Providers Highland Family Medicine, located at the North High Business Center, 1487 North High Street, Suite 102, Hillsboro, Ohio. Board Certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and fellowship trained in Addiction Psychiatry, Dr. Shivani is accepting new patients into his practice. Patients who are scheduled with Dr. Shivani beginning June 1, 2021, will report to the new location. If you have any questions you may call the office at 937.393.5067.

Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women Welcomes New OB/GYN

Posted on May 4, 2021

Hillsboro, Ohio, May 4, 2021- Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. JT Thomas, board certified obstetrics and gynecology physician to its practice. Dr. Thomas will be the fourth physician to compliment the office and will begin seeing patients June 1, 2021. Dr. Thomas completed his medical education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Thomas has been recognized as an ACOG Fellow, a distinction given to providers whose professional activity is dedicated to the practice of OB/GYN services. Additionally, Dr. Thomas has extensive experience with minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgeries. To schedule an appointment, call the office today at 937.393.3406.

Comprehensive Womens Health Services to Expand at Adams County Regional Medical Center

Posted on March 25, 2021

Hillsboro, Ohio, March 25, 2021- Highland Health Providers’ Physicians for Women practice, in partnership with Adams County Regional Medical Center, will be expanding obstetrics and gynecology services to Adams County and the surrounding communities.

Beginning May 2021, appointments will be available for both obstetrics and gynecological needs at the Women’s Health Clinic located in Winchester, Ohio. While expecting mothers will deliver at Highland District Hospital, routine, pre-delivery obstetrics care, general women’s care for those in all phases of life, preventative care, and evaluations for common surgical care needs will occur at the Winchester location.

“We are excited to bring comprehensive women’s health coverage to this area. In addition to providing diagnosis and treatment for gynecological needs, we will also be expanding routine obstetrics care to expecting mothers who otherwise had to travel many miles for that care. We are privileged to offer these services here,’ stated Highland Health Providers’ Executive Director, Michael Alden.

Centered on serving the medically underserved, Highland Health Providers is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves the Highland County community in six locations throughout Hillsboro, Greenfield, Lynchburg, and the Rocky Fork Lake area.

The mission of Highland Health Providers is to serve the community by providing accessible, efficient, quality healthcare in an atmosphere of safety, compassion, and excellence. Patients of most insurance types are accepted at all Highland Health Providers locations, but a sliding fee scale is also available to those needing financial assistance to receive needed care. Information on how to schedule appointments will be released at a later date.

Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women Welcomes New Provider

Posted on October 14, 2020

October 14, Hillsboro, Ohio – Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer Schneidler to their experienced provider team. A Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology provider Dr. Schneidler, has over 10 years of clinical experience in providing Obstetrical & Gynecological care and holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.  Dr. Schneidler completed her residency at Akron General Medical Center, serving as departmental chief resident.  Since 2009, she has practiced as an OB/GYN physician in Northern Ohio, and at Magnolia Women’s Health in Dayton since 2018.    She has conducted research in changes in female physiology relative to weight gain, ovarian cancer, and resistance exercise. Dr. Schneidler has also participated in fundraisers for Leukemia and Lymphoma, March of Dimes, and Breast Cancer, as well as volunteer work for other community causes.    Dr. Schneidler will begin seeing patients on October 26, 2020.  Dr. Schneidler will see patients in two locations: Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women office on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays and at the Highland Health Providers Greenfield Medical Services Office on Mondays.  Highland Health Providers Physicians for Women is now scheduling appointments for Dr. Schneidler, who is taking new patients. Call 937.393.3406 today to schedule your OB/GYN appointment.

Highland Health Providers New Pediatric Provider

Posted on October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019, Hillsboro, Ohio- Highland Health Providers is pleased to announce the addition of Pediatrician, Dr. Tamara Yacobucci, to their experienced provider team. Dr. Yacobucci will be joining the Highland Family Healthcare office located at 1402 N. High St., Hillsboro. She grew up in Bethel, Ohio where she graduated from Bethel-Tate High School and then attended medical school at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Yacobucci loves to travel, read, craft, bake, spend quality time with her husband Nick and her family and friends, and prefers her patients to call her Dr. Tammy. She says her heart brought her back to southern Ohio and she is excited to begin her career here in Hillsboro! Highland Family Healthcare is now scheduling appointments for Dr. Yacobucci, who will begin seeing patients on November 4th. Call 937.393.4899 today to schedule your child’s appointment.


Posted on October 1, 2019

Attention Medicare patients! You will be receiving a call from a representative at ChartSpan who will be calling on our behalf. This is our outside (partner) company who will give you 24 hour access to a team of medical professionals. They will be able to help with your medications, appointments, and any other questions you have about your health care. You are not required to enroll in this program, but we do recommend it. The goal is to keep you healthier by staying in touch between your appointments. If you enroll and decide you do not want to participate, you may unenroll at any time.


Highland Health Providers designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center

Posted on September 18, 2019

Highland Health Providers (HHP) has been designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FQHCs are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. FQHCs must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients. With this designation, HHP has been awarded $650,000 of grant funding that will help improve the health of the underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost effective primary health care services. This funding also provides operational support for new service delivery sites and the expansion of services. Only 77 health centers were given this award in the United States and Puerto Rico – of these only 4 were awarded in the state of Ohio.


Highland Health Providers now serves the community with 6 locations in Hillsboro- including the Rocky Fork Lake area, Greenfield, and Lynchburg. The offices include: Greenfield Medical Services, Highland Family Healthcare, Highland Family Medicine, Lynchburg Medical Center, Physicians for Women, and Rocky Fork Medical Center. Highland Health Providers is committed to provide quality medical care to the medically underserved individuals from Highland County and surrounding areas. Highland Health Providers provides child wellness, adult wellness, and obstetrics and gynecology care.

Wenstrup visits Rocky Fork Medical Center

Posted on July 16, 2019

Highland Health Providers and Highland District Hospital recently welcomed Congressman Brad Wenstrup of the United States House of Representatives to the new Rocky Fork Medical Center practice, led by nurse practitioners Pam Knisley and Marsha Mitchell, which opened in April this year.

A physician by trade, Wenstrup conferred with both Randal Lennartz, president and CEO of Highland District Hospital, and Amanda Warix, executive director of Highland Health Providers, over current legislation within state and national agendas, and listened to accounts of what is working for his constituents and what needs improved.

“Access to health care and medications, reimbursement for care, and the ability to make impactful, patient-centered decisions as a health care provider are among our most important topics of discussion with the Congressman,” Lennartz said. “Our focus is bringing quality care to where it is needed, after that we must focus on how to sustain that care through a reimbursement model that makes sense. The Congressman, a physician, understands that first-hand.”

Discussions continued regarding the federal grant process, how funds are allocated to health care agencies serving the underserved, and how important those funds are for continuing the mission to serve in rural areas.

In February, 2019, Highland Health Providers — currently a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) look-a-like, filed for a grant to obtain its fully funded FQHC status.

“Acquiring our fully funded FQHC status is very important us. Being awarded those federal funds is the difference between bringing access to care to where it is most needed, and not being able to fill that need at all — leaving our communities with little opportunity for quality care close to them,” Warix said.

Wenstrup added, “It was a pleasure meeting with health care providers at Rocky Fork Medical Center. I’m grateful for the excellent care they provide amidst the challenges facing rural health care practitioners and hospitals, including a shortage of providers and low reimbursement rates for care. Our rural communities are too often overlooked by bureaucrats setting health care policies. I’m working to increase the number of providers and expand access to comprehensive health care services in rural communities like Rocky Fork.”

A decision on the FQHC grant application is not expected to be announced until fall 2019.

Wenstrup concluded the visit by meeting the staff and a tour of the facility.

Highland Health Providers Rocky Fork Medical Center Now Open

Posted on April 15, 2019

Hillsboro, Ohio – April 15, 2019: Highland Health Providers (HHP) is pleased to announce the opening of Rocky Fork Medical Center located at 11130 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro. The 2,720 square foot building will offer full time, family medicine services by Nurse Practitioners, Pam Knisley and Marsha Mitchell. This office will be fully staffed six days a week to accommodate new and existing patients. The office will also have radiology and lab draw capabilities for patient convenience. Pam Knisley, APRN-CNP, has been practicing at Highland Family Healthcare in Hillsboro for six years and Marsha Mitchell, APRN-CNP, has been practicing in Southern Ohio for nine years. HHP is a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-A-Like, which focuses care on the medically underserved. This new location makes it more convenient for families southeast of Hillsboro to have access to medical care. To schedule an appointment at Rocky Fork Medical Center call 937.402.5491.

Pediatric Care Now Available at Highland Family Healthcare

Posted on August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018, Hillsboro, Ohio- Highland Family Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of Pediatrician, Dr. Poonam Singh, to their experienced provider team. A Board Certified Pediatrician for over 10 years, Dr. Singh has clinical experience treating and diagnosing children who need routine child care. She also has vast experience treating complex and chronic illnesses, including conduct disorders. Dr. Singh completed her pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in El Paso, Texas, and continued her career treating patients in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to fulfill her passion to serve underserved populations, which she will continue to do at Highland Family Healthcare. Dr. Singh is an avid reader, enjoys taking walks and cooking, and loves to spend time with her daughter. Highland Family Healthcare is now scheduling appointments for Dr. Singh, who is taking new patients. Call 937.393.4899 today to schedule your child’s appointment, or visit the office at 1402 N. High St., Hillsboro.