New Health Care Center Opens in Coconut Grove to Help Poor, Uninsured and Others

COCONUT GROVE – Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) will hold the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Coconut Grove Health Center on May 6th at 10:30am.

The new state of the art, soothing, spa-like facility will be an upscale medical center that caters to everyone. Those without health insurance and without money for medical attention will now be able to receive quality, comprehensive medical care from CHI Primary care, OB/Gyn and Pediatric doctors.

For the uninsured, services are provided on an income based sliding fee scale. CHI also offers complimentary transportation for those needing a ride to and from the center.

“In these tough economic times we see lot of patients who simply don’t have the money to seek medical attention and that shouldn’t be the case.” said Brodes Hartley Jr., CHI President and CEO. “There are times when some people can’t even pay the $25 co-pay and we still provide them with top quality care.”

The Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center had been serving some of Coconut Grove’s neediest patients for the past 40 years but closed recently. That left hundreds of thousands of patients without a place to go for medical care. Now the federal government has awarded CHI a grant to open two medical centers in that region. One at 3831 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove and a second at 6350 Sunset Drive in South Miami is scheduled to open in June.

“This is an exciting time in healthcare, especially with the Affordable Care Act opening the door to medical insurance for so many who previously went without it,” said Hartley.

But CHI’s new centers will be open to everyone. Those with insurance also enjoy the convenience and quality of care at many of CHI’s 8 health care centers. Some of the centers offer a one stop shopping model with a variety of services under one roof: primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, radiology, dental, behavioral health and more.

Community Health of South Florida Inc. is a federally qualified health care center. By mid summer it expects to have a total of 10 centers and 42 school based health centers throughout South Florida.

Local and National legislators, business and community leaders are expected to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 6th at 10:30am at 3831 Grand Avenue, Miami FL 33133.

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