Select Health Opens New and Expanded First Choice Community Center in Columbia

Larger location adds children’s play area, cooking demonstrations to existing services

Columbia, S.C. — Select Health of South Carolina announced that it has moved its First Choice Community Center to a new and expanded location at 217 Park Terrace Drive (Suite 100) in Columbia that will provide local residents with access to even more health, wellness and other community resources. Select Health offers First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care health plan, and is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies.

From left to right: Councilman Howard Duvall, Cheryl Johnson Benjamin (Senior Director, United Way of the Midlands), Councilman Sam Davis, Rebecca Engelman (Market President, Select Health of South Carolina), Stephen Boucher (South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services), Marguerite Nivens (Select Health of South Carolina), State Rep. Wendy Brawley, Marcus Lattimore

Select Health celebrated the grand opening of the new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony, including local dignitaries and Select Health executives, on Friday, Dec. 8, as well as a public open house on Saturday, Dec. 9.

“We opened our original First Choice Community Center in 2009 to provide a place where local individuals and families with limited incomes could learn about programs, services and resources available to assist them. The new location will allow us to expand that effort,” said Select Health Market President Rebecca Engelman. “The new First Choice Community Center will offer more services and programs that will help residents of the Midlands area improve their health and overall quality of life.”

The new First Choice Community Center includes the following new features, in addition to those offered at the previous location:

  • A designated children’s area, where children can safely play while their parent and guardians use the community center’s other services.
  • A kitchen suitable for cooking demonstrations during health education programs.
  • Additional square footage for meeting and gathering space.

Visitors to the new First Choice Community Center will continue to have access to the Benefit Bank through on-site computers. A service provided by SC Thrive, one of Select Health’s community partners, the Benefit Bank simplifies applications for Medicaid, food assistance and student aid; helps with tax filings; and more. All Select Health associates at the community center are trained Benefit Bank counselors.

The community center will also continue to offer computer access for such activities as writing resumes and searching and applying for jobs, notary services, special community outreach activities, and health education events, including the yearly Jump-Start Back-to- School celebration for school-age children and their families.

The new First Choice Community Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The First Choice Community Center can be reached by phone toll free at 1-888- 676-9588.

About Select Health

Select Health of South Carolina, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, contracts with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to offer First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care health plan, in all 46 counties statewide. Select Health’s First Choice health plan is the top-rated Medicaid health plan in South Carolina, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017, and 2017 – 2018. First Choice was the top-ranked Medicaid health plan in South Carolina per NCQA from 2010 to 2014. First Choice is the first health plan in South Carolina to earn NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction, an honor it has achieved four times since 2011. For more information about First Choice by Select Health, visit www.selecthealthofsc.com.

Select Health also offers the First Choice VIP Care Plus Medicare-Medicaid plan in 39 South Carolina counties. For more information about First Choice VIP Care Plus, visit www.firstchoicevipcareplus.com.

About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 16 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5.6 million Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, behavioral health services, and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.