Department Chair Dr. Grist Visits Access Community Health Center

Posted on June 2015

(L-R): Ken Loving, Erin Koeck, Thomas Grist, and Frank Thornton.

Since the opening of the first Access Community Heath Center more than 30 years ago, Access Community Health (ACH) has provided health services to those who often go without care. Five clinics serve the low income and medically under-served areas of Madison, providing preventative and routine medical care, dental care, behavioral health services, and access to a pharmacy. UW Radiology has partnered with ACH for almost five years now, and fills an important role in the ACH model.

Department Chair Professor Thomas Grist, M.D., FACR, recently visited the Erdman clinic, touring the facilities and greeting staff. He met with ACH CEO Ken Loving, M.D., and Associate Professor Frank Thornton, M.D., who is currently serving as Vice Chair of Community and Outreach Radiology. Loving stressed the importance of UW Radiology’s contributions to ACH, which range from simple scans to more intensive procedures.

“We appreciate the partnership because it means that the 25 percent of our patients without medical insurance are able to get x-rays done in our clinic that are read by the UW Health radiologists. This allows us to provide the same high quality care to our patients that others in our community receive,” said Dr. Loving.