Reynolds County Health Center

Frances Vermillion, Administrator
2323 Green Street P.O. Box 40
Centerville, MO 63633

Phone – 573-648-2498
Toll Free – 866-579-3861
Fax – 573-648-2510

In collaboration with the Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH) your Public Health Center is Accredited since 2011.

Mission Statement

Reynolds County Health Center will be Public Health Advocates by assessing health & environmental needs and provide promotion, protection, & prevention through leadership to develop policies and priorities for the citizens of Reynolds County.

Essential Public Health Services

  • Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  • Diagnose & investigate health problems & health hazards in the community
  • Inform, educate & empower people about health issues
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify & solve health problems
  • Develop policies & plans that support individual & community health efforts
  • Enforce laws & regulations that protect health & ensure safety
  • Link people to needed personal health services & assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Assure a competent public health & personal health care work force
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility & quality of personal & population-based health services
  • Research for new insights & innovative solutions to health problems


Car Seats

Most car crashes happen close to home during short trips in the car. Our Injury ER Visits for 1-14 yr. olds for 2014 was 173. 15-19 yr. olds were 71. Education needs to be done with our teens on seat belt usage and safe driving.

We issued 41 car seats in 2014 to those who met income eligibility guidelines & is a resident of Reynolds County.

Chronic Disease

Adult Smokers in Reynolds County reached 32.5% in 2011 with the average in Missouri at 23% and Mothers who smoked during pregnancy is at 29.7% with Missouri averaging 17.9%. Education and Disease Management is available for individuals with presentations to organizations, businesses, and churches.

Hypertension is the “silent killer” This is leading to an increase in High Blood Pressure of 45.4% & High Cholesterol at 55.9%.

Safe Crib Program

Between 2002-2012, Reynolds County had 12 Infant deaths. Women who are on WIC, in Prenatal Case Management Program, 36 weeks or more & meet income eligibility guidelines can receive a free Pack & Play Crib along with education on Safe Sleep Practices.

The Health Center has gave out 14 cribs in 2014 through the Safe Crib Program.


Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

This program seeks to protect children from sexual abuse by placing responsibility squarely on adult shoulders. Adults are educated to prevent, recognize, & react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To date 4,628 adolescents & adults have been trained

Maternal Child Health focused on Obesity & Physical Activity

Maternal Child Health Program has been focusing on Obesity and Physical Activity since 2010. 37.2% of Reynolds County citizens are overweight with 13% of children aged 2-5 years of age already being at risk for overweight. 32.7% show physical inactivity.

In 2014, the Health Center did 357 weight and BMI checks, 8 Cholesterol Screenings, 37 Blood Pressure Checks, & 5 Blood Sugar Checks. These are offered for a minimal charge & blood pressure checks are free. 34 Nutritional Counseling sessions were done.

A Health Fair was done, in collaboration with the Doe Run Company, that offered over 25 vendors, door prizes, flu shots, discounted lab work, Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar checks, etc. A total of 114 people took advantage of this great opportunity. Plans are in the making for another Fair in 2016 for late summer for southern Reynolds & September for Northern Reynolds.



In 2014 we serviced our citizens with the following:

    • 130 TB Skin Tests
    • 461 Immunizations
    • 463 Flu Shots
    • 16 Lead Testing of children
    • 50 Hearing Tests
    • 54 Vision Tests
    • 103 Head Lice Checks
    • 628 Maternal Child Related Issues
    • 811 WIC clients as of October 2013
    • 31 Sanitation/Water/Lodging Inspections
    • 35 Prenatal Case Management Visits
    • 34 Pregnancy Tests
    • 17 Medicaid Application for Pregnancy
    • 838 Communicable Disease Surveillance Calls & Investigations

Clinics were held at county schools to offer children an opportunity to get their vaccinations.

Every Monday RCHC calls 15 sites to gather data on illnesses within the county ranging from Preschools to Senior Centers & Nursing Homes. Its RCHC intention to help educate when outbreaks occur.

Region G in south central Missouri includes nine counties. The area includes Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties. Reynolds County Health Center has joined together with the local health departments in these counties to work together on some of the larger issues of public health.

The Region G Public Health Collaborative now has a Website which is available to the public. The updates 2010 Regional Community Health Assessment and other information can be found at

Reynolds County Health Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Services provided on a non-discriminatory basis