The Community Health Foundation of Fairfield County is a 501©3 that was formed in 1991 with a three-fold mission:
- To develop a primary health care center (the John A. Martin Primary Health Care Center) to assist in fulfilling health care needs in Fairfield County.
- The center would serve as a place for citizens of the community to be educated about health issues as well as serving as a training center for students of the health professions.
- The center would serve as a platform for healthcare delivery research.
Since the inception of the Foundation, the Board of Directors has overseen the activities of the John A. Martin Primary Health Care Center. There are 9 voting members on the board. Three are representatives of local health care. Three are representatives of the Deans of the 3 health professions schools and colleges at the University of South Carolina: The School of Medicine, School of Public Health , and College of Nursing. Two members represent the general community and one represents the business community in Fairfield County. Each member serves a 3 year term and currently attends Board of Director meetings three times each year.
In 1993, when constructing the building for the Center’s permanent site, the Foundation made the decision to name the Center after Senator John A. Martin who was retiring from the State of South Carolina Senate at the time. Senator Martin was instrumental in bringing Fairfield Memorial Hospital to Fairfield County and over the years was very concerned about health care in rural areas. The building is therefore named the John A. Martin Primary Health Care Center.