Eau Claure Healthcare Centers

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (ECCHC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Stuart Hamilton, a pediatrician whose goal was to address the primary health care needs in the Eau Claire community, which was Columbia, South Carolina’s largest underserved collection of low-income neighborhoods.

In 1993, the practice became certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center “look-alike” that qualified it for enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to help cover the costs of caring for the uninsured.

Through the years, ECCHC has expanded its services from pediatrics to include adult primary care, OB/GYN, dentistry, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to caring for seasonal agriculture workers, the homeless, HIV/AIDs patients, and more.

ECCHC has now grown into a four-county, multiple-outlet, 50-provider primary care group serving families of all income levels. It is South Carolina’s largest and most cost-effective community health center system, with an annual patient base exceeding 50,000 individuals.

A sliding fee scale is available for families in economic distress and no one is denied care due to an inability to pay. ECCHC remains true to its mission of service in the spirit of the Good Samaritan.