â€œIn these tough economic times we see lot of patients who simply donâ€™t have the money to seek medical attention and that shouldnâ€™t be the case.â€ said Brodes Hartley Jr., CHI President and CEO. â€œThere are times when some people canâ€™t even pay the $25 co-pay and we still provide them with top quality care.â€ The Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center had been serving some of Coconut Groveâ€™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 on June 12th. â€œThis 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,â€ said Hartley.
But CHIâ€™s new centers will be open to everyone. Those with insurance also enjoy the convenience and quality of care at many of CHIâ€™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, womenâ€™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.