Judy Bentley started Community Health-In Partnership Services (CHIPS) in 1990 in the basement of St. Teresa’s Church. Her original intention was to compliment the city’s existing healthcare system by doing health assessments and referrals, yet her array of services continued to grow. Today CHIPS is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthcare and social services for the uninsured and underserved with service provided to anyone who needs care without regard to means of payment. CHIPS operates with volunteer medical providers and receives no government or United Way funds for medical services.
Services offered include internal medicine, dentistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, community health screenings, and health education services. Complementary medicine is also available which includes acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal nutrition. Over the last 18 years, the organization has become a critical access point for healthcare and social services for the underserved residents of North St. Louis and surrounding metropolitan community and provides over 30,000 service encounters per year. Additionally, CHIPS reported that less than one percent of their clients were hospitalized last year, saving the community approximately $6 million in charity care.
Judy has served on various health agency committees on the local and national level. She received the 2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Award.
BS, Nursing 1986