Genesis Community Health Expands into South County

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After four years treating and serving patients from its Boynton Beach clinic off Woolbright Road, Genesis Community Health is branching out with a new satellite location in Delray Beach. The two-room treatment space is being made available within the South County Mental Center (SCMHC), 16158 South Military Trail, as a way to offer patients a convenient healthcare hub. Beginning June 10, three Genesis full-time staff members will offer basic wellness services, preventative screenings and referral information for all family members from its new offices. “South County Mental Health Center is excited to have Genesis Community Health partner with us to bring together a comprehensive, cost effective health care initiative,” said Joseph S. Speicher, SCMHC Chief Executive Officer. The South County Mental Center and Genesis Community Health offices will be housed separately and clearly designated for patients seeking specific assistance. “Genesis Community Health is excited to be in Delray Beach, so we can become the ‘medical home’ for a new group of families,” said DeAnna Warren, executive director of Genesis. “We are aiming to see about 100 patients a month for preventative screenings, tests and treatments. Just a few of our screenings check for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. These services are offered in a medical, confidential environment with highly trained doctors and nurses who residents can trust.” Genesis Community Health’s primary location at 564 E. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach is one of 219 health centers across the country that received Affordable Care Act funding in June 2012 to help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs nationwide. Genesis is a Florida 501 c3 non-profit organization created to promote and provide health care to people of all economic levels, with special sensitivity to the needs of economically disadvantaged people of diverse cultural backgrounds in and around Palm Beach County. Genesis is an access point of care for patients who traditionally do not have adequate access to the health care system. Genesis is currently funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Quantum Foundation. Genesis was formed in 2009 in response to a community needs assessment conducted by a consulting group that identified Boynton Beach as an area of need and that there was a severe lack of access to primary care for residents. This need was based upon evaluation of services available, high incidence of poverty and uninsured in the area, and high usage of the emergency room for primary care services. For more information, call 561-735- 6553 or visit www.gencomhealth.org