New Nonprofit Medical Clinic Opens Downtown

Marci Schatzman
Sun Sentinel
January 4, 2016

New nonprofit medical clinic opens downtown

 

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Dr. Tzvi Doron in one of the patient treatment rooms in the new Boca Helping Hands and Genesis Community Health nonprofit clinic in Boca Raton. Dr. Tzvi Doron in one of the patient treatment rooms in the new Boca Helping Hands and Genesis Community Health nonprofit clinic in Boca Raton. (Photo/Marci Shatzman / FPG)

Marci Shatzman mshatzman@tribune.com

 

 

Genesis Community Health partnering with Boca Helping Hands just opened a new nonprofit medical clinic in downtown Boca Raton.

Marked with a Boca Helping Hands sign at 30 SE Sixth St., the former podiatrist's office has access to Routes 1 and 91 bus lines. There's parking on site and on the street. A grand opening and tours are expected next month.

"The partitions were removed and we repaired the flooring and painted," Genesis Community Health Chief Executive Officer DeAnna Warren said at the clinic before the facility opened.

There's seating for 14 in the waiting room and the usual sign-in counter.

"Patients can come in and we do all the work here," she said. "There's no pre-qualification, and everyone, no matter what their insurance is or not, can come in. There are still people who are not insured for all kinds of reasons."

The clinic has a triage room and four large exam rooms with upholstered exam tables. A medical assistant area has a vaccine fridge. Dr. Tzvi Doron, whose medical education included a rotation at the health department clinic in Belle Glade, will be the physician. More staff may be added later, Warren said.

"Our role is providing the facility and the clients, and we knew this was a huge gap in the life of our clients," said Jim Gavrilos, Boca Helping Hands' executive director. "It's not about insurance, it's about a primary care physician.

"We are putting cards and fliers in the [food] bags," they give out, he said. "The goal is to treat 3,000 people a year. They'll come from all over the county."

The U.S. Census designated this tract as an under-served community for health care, Warren said. Some 34,700 low-income patients live in the city limits, but only 930 are being seen at existing healthcare centers, according to a press release on the clinic.

"We'll work with Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, the Wayne Barton Study Center and reach out to faith communities," Warren said. "So many people need health care and don't want to go to an institutional place. They're afraid. The typical patients in Boynton are the working poor that have no insurance or Medicaid."

This is Genesis Community Health's second location. There's a separate entrance at Bethesda Hospital East, where they moved in May.

"We partnered with Florida Atlantic University and have internal medicine residents in training," Warren said.

Genesis has been in Boynton for five years, previously in a shopping center.

The new Boca location was made possible through a $1,028,722 federal grant awarded to Genesis last August as part of $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding for 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to the press release.

Genesis is a Florida nonprofit organization funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Quantum Foundation and the Palm Healthcare Foundation.

"Quantum has been funding Genesis since they founded their original site," Randy Scheid, vice president of programs, said. "The mission of our foundation is to inspire and fund bold initiatives and improve the health of our communities.

"We helped them with the planning, and we gave them money to do the analysis, $3,792,487 from the beginning," he said. "...so it's almost a return on investment for us. This will create quality health care access in Boca."

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