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3 Health Clinics Set Sights On Jacksonville’s Underserved Seniors

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

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A trio of health clinics for cash-strapped seniors is opening in Jacksonville this summer.

The primary-care clinics are set to serve as many as 9,000 people.

The national ChenMed chain is opening what are called Dedicated Clinics on the Northside, in the Arlington area and on the Westside. The premise is to keep seniors from unnecessary emergency room visits.

The clinics will focus on caring for low- to middle-income seniors who may not have supplemental insurance in addition to Medicare.

Designated Clinics Chief Strategist Gaurov Dayal said doctors and nurse practitioners will work alongside social workers.

“We are able to have our seniors sign up for Medicare Advantage through our clinics, which is a very low premium Medicare product, as well as low copay product,” he said. “For seniors who need additional help we have social workers that can help them get connected with the right social resources around supplemental needs that they may have around payment and drug costs.”

Dayal said Designated Clinics have helped lower seniors’ hospital and ER visits by close to 30 percent in areas where they’ve opened.

The clinics are scheduled to open their doors this July, with another one opening in the Tampa Bay area.

Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at , 904-358-6319 or on Twitter  @RyanMichaelBenk

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Ryan Benk is originally from Miami, Florida and came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. He worked on Miami Dade College’s Arts and Literature Magazine- Miamibiance Magazine and has published poetry and a short film called “ The Writer.” He’s currently working as the Newsroom’s Researcher while finishing his Creative Writing Bachelor’s Degree at Florida State University. When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida.