Clay County Health Department Clinic Opens to Reduce Use of Emergency Rooms for Non-Emergency Care | Families

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Clay County Health Department Clinic Opens to Reduce Use of Emergency Rooms for Non-Emergency Care
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The Clay County Health Department will see uninsured patients at the Ed Stansel clinic located in Green Cove Springs two days a week starting April 4th. To get an appointment, a patient’s eligibility must be assessed by the Health Department Social Services staff.

“Since this is a grant funded clinic, requirements must be met before people can become patients of this clinic,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator. “People that will be seen at this clinic must be Clay County residents, don’t have a regular doctor and don’t have insurance. They also must meet with our Social Service staff to see if they are eligible before they will be given an appointment.” If a Clay County resident needs a healthcare provider, but is not eligible for the Ed Stansel clinic in Green Cove Springs, they can call the health department about their Bear Run location in Orange Park.

The clinic is being opened with funds come from The Haridopolos Primary Care Initiative. This initiative is to help health care organizations serving poor families in 36 Florida Communities, including Clay County. The money for this grant is coming from the Medicaid Low Income Pool system. As with any grant, the project will be evaluated on deliverables, which include decreasing avoidable emergency room admissions, coordinating care services, and improving patient adherence to self care measures.

According to Mills, the Health Department will work closely with the Northeast Florida Health Planning Council LIP Diabetic Program, the Baker/Clay Dental clinic, Orange Park Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Mobile Outreach, the Saturday Clinic, The Way Free Clinic and We Care volunteer providers to coordinate services for eligible Clay County residents.

For information on Social Service assessments, call the Health Department at (904) 529-2800.

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