In 1989, a Gaston County community-based indigent care task force composed of concerned citizens, business leaders, elected local officials, and representatives of Gaston Memorial Hospital, was formed to address the need of the growing uninsured population and the use of episodic emergency department care as an inappropriate substitute for primary care. The group was concerned with providing the right care at the right time, at the right place. The result was the establishment of Gaston Family Health Services (GFHS) with a mission to provide family healthcare to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. With technical assistances from the North Carolina Office of Rural Health, GFHS was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1991. GFHS saw its first patients in 1992 at the practice co-located within Gaston County Health Department building on Hudson Blvd. in Gastonia.
Today, our team of family medicine physicians, pediatricians, advanced practice providers, dentists, psychologists and behavioral health providers care for patients at over 25 practices throughout Alexander, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
Our services include adult and pediatric primary and dental care, behavioral health counseling, pharmacy services, chronic disease education programs (diabetes, hypertension, weight loss), Medication Assistance Treatment, nutritional counseling, women’s screening clinics, vision care, school-based medical, behavioral health and dental programs, HIV/AIDS Case Management and care management services for at-risk pregnant women and children.
2020 marks an exciting time for the organization in the transition to our new identity. In April, GFHS unveiled and began operating under a new brand name. That new identity, Kintegra Health better represents the collective talents of over 500 staff members, and the comprehensive and integrated care we provide through core and enabling support services and special programming.
We are proud of our journey. We continue to assess needs, fill gaps, build partnerships and seek solutions.