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Michael Jordan opens second medical clinic in Charlotte

Three years after Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health, two clinics are providing care to communities in Charlotte with little or no health care.

“To see how this has evolved over the last year is to gratifying. It makes me want to continue doing more so that we can keep answering the bell when the bell is ringing,” Jordan said in a video about the clinic’s opening this week.

Michael Jordan has funded a clinic to serve patients with little or no health insurance
The new Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Charlotte’s North End community is a 6,800-square-foot facility, equipped with 12 patient exam rooms, an X-ray room, and space for physical therapy, according to Novant Health.

“The impact of the first clinic has been measurable and if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is the importance of having accessible, safe and quality care in communities that need it most. Michael Jordan’s commitment to improving the health of our communities, and society, is deep-rooted,” Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health, said in a statement.

The clinics say patrons don’t need insurance in order to receive treatment.

The first Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic opened in October 2019 and treated more than 3,500 patients. Earlier this year, it served as a Covid-19 screening and testing site, providing more than 13,000 tests.

“When we came together to mark the first clinic’s opening last fall, no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic just five months later,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during COVID-19.”

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Loss of funding means closure for maternity clinic which delivers half of Medicine Hat’s babies

A maternity clinic that delivers about half the babies in Medicine Hat has announced it will no longer accept new patients by the end of January, and will be closed by the end of July unless new funding can be found.

While family physicians typically pay their own overhead, a gap in Medicine Hat’s obstetric services in the mid-2000s led to the creation of the Family Medicine Maternity Clinic.

Funding was provided by the local Primary Care Network (PCN) and Palliser Health, which later merged with the other regional health authorities to form Alberta Health Services. 

Dr. Gerry Prince, a family doctor who helped establish the clinic in 2006, told the Calgary Eyeopener on Monday that the clinic will be closing because the PCN’s funding is due to end in March, and AHS wants the clinic to cover the overhead that includes rent, utilities and all staffing costs.

Prince said this would be impossible, as the costs to run the maternity clinic are roughly double the amount of what it can bill for patient services — and the doctors are already paying overhead for their family practices. 

“[The clinic] is closing because AHS is backing out of our partnership, and says that they want to rent us the space that we’ve been able to occupy for the last 17 years with their support,” Prince said.

“And the numbers they’ve given us are just impossible. So, they’ve given us an overhead number, which is about double the amount of billing that we would actually do through the clinic in a year.… Our guys, you know, as much as they love it, just — there’s no way you can do that.”

A ‘flawless service’

The Family Medicine Maternity Clinic was established due to a crisis of accessibility, Prince said. At the time, obstetrics was a declining service in the area.

“There [were] fewer and fewer physicians doing it, and got down to the point where there were only two family docs delivering about half of the babies in town — as well as running the regular community clinic,” Prince said.

“It was becoming quickly unmanageable.”

Prince said that some of the local doctors turned to health authorities and asked for help. 

The regional health authority agreed, and later partnered with the Primary Care Network to meet the community need. The clinic was established, attached to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

“We went with this idea of a maternity clinic, a dedicated care centre, and they helped support it. And ultimately, we built a specified, designated, custom-design clinic area in our new ambulatory care building,” Prince said.

Eventually, Prince said, that clinic would deliver 500 to 600 babies a year.

“We’ve had a flawless service that’s been providing great care for 17 years.”

Soon, it’s all coming to an end — and why is complicated.

“The docs want to provide the services, we just need to be able to manage it financially. So the real question is, whose job is it [to save

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Drive-Thru Flu Clinic For Lawrence Township Residents On Oct. 28

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Lawrence Township is hosting a drive-thru flu clinic for residents on Oct. 28.

Residents need to register for the clinic and an appointed time will be designated for each registrant.

Vaccines will be administered by a Rite Aid pharmacist. Please bring your Medicare and/or health insurance card.

Without insurance information, you will be charged $32. Vaccines will be available for children between 13-18 years, when accompanied by a parent, and for individuals over the age of 18. Wear clothes that will easily expose your upper arm.

The township has implemented new safety procedures for the upcoming clinics due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

All attendees will be expected to adhere to the following regulations when they arrive at the clinic:

Contact the Lawrence Township Health Department at 609 844-7089 for more information. Once registration closes all those who registered will receive an email with a time slot to arrive for their flu vaccination.

To register, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/…

Location:
Lawrence Township Senior Center – Parking Lot 30
East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township
New Jersey 08648

This article originally appeared on the Lawrenceville Patch

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Allina to pull medical residents out of United Family Medicine clinic on St. Paul’s West Seventh



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For 50 years, the United Family Medicine clinic on St. Paul’s West Seventh Street has catered to the working poor and underinsured patients, including today many East African immigrants and neighborhood residents.

And the nonprofit health center has done so hand-in-hand with Allina Health, a 12-hospital, 90-clinic health network that has provided the majority of the clinic’s physicians, 21 medical residents, electronic records, lab services and even their phone line.

Now, Allina is in the process of pulling out all 21 medical residents and finding another location near United Hospital where the medical residents can complete their three-year rotations in family medicine.

By the end of the year, the faculty physicians are expected to follow them, leaving the clinic nearly devoid of primary care doctors. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are expected to pick up the slack under the clinic’s new model of team-based care.

“The pandemic certainly has accelerated changes in the health care system,” said Sara Criger, president of United Hospital, who said medical residents and faculty had complained of patient scheduling and other issues at the clinic, hurting the reputation of Allina’s residency program.

Criger added: “There were problems that United Family Medicine needed to address. As the clinic made changes, we had to determine if they meet our requirements or not, and it became apparent that they did not.”

The deteriorating relationship between the community health clinic and Allina has led to finger-pointing on at least three sides.

CALLS FOR CEO TO RESIGN

Alarmed by a lengthy period of employee furloughs and other emergency management steps, a group of former United Family Medicine board members and West Seventh Street advocates have laid blame on the health clinic’s leadership and called for them to step down.

Those advocates include former United Family Medicine board chair Andrea Marboe, longtime West Seventh Street activist Marit Brock and former St. Paul City Council Member Dave Thune.

“We’ve totally lost confidence in the program and they should stop funding them,” said Thune, who is circulating a petition calling for major funders to sever ties and for United Family Medicine Chief Executive Officer Ann Nyakundi to resign.

“We want a neighborhood clinic with doctor-patient relationships, real family physicians that follow you to the hospital,” Thune said. “She walked in and six months later turned the clinic upside down. We just prefer she leave now.”

Nyakundi and Jonathan Watson, CEO of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, said operations at the clinic have stabilized since the start of the pandemic.

“When I inherited the clinic, our 2020 budget at the start of the year was actually worse than it is now,” said Nayakundi, who stepped in as CEO last October after the previous CEO resigned. “We’ve done a really good job efficiently navigating the pandemic and staffing to demand. We temporarily had furloughs, but we’ve brought all of the staff back, and we’re actually in a period of growth.”

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Dentist West Ryde, West Ryde Dental Clinic Offers General, Cosmetic, Orthodontic and Dental Implant Services in NSW – Press Release

Dentist West Ryde, West Ryde Dental Clinic Offers General, Cosmetic, Orthodontic and Dental Implant Services in NSW

A good dentist is one that will be willing to go all out to ensure that all of the needs of their patients are being addressed. That is exactly what patients get when they reach out to West Ryde Dental Clinic for their dental care and treatment needs.

West Ryde, NSW – There will only be a few options when choosing a family dentist. The whole process can be a challenging endeavor even for people that have been through it before.  It can be confusing to make the right decision, as the dentist will be depended on for the oral health care needs of the whole family. A good dentist is one that will be willing to go all out to ensure that all of the needs of their patients are being addressed. That is exactly what patients get when they reach out to West Ryde Dental Clinic for their dental care and treatment needs.

“We firmly believe prevention is key to a beautiful and healthy smile, and so we will do everything we can to minimise any barriers to visiting the dentist. To achieve this, we do not charge a gap payment from any health fund for preventative services, and this includes your 6 monthly check-ups, scale and cleans, check-up x-rays, intraoral photos, personalised treatment plan, and fluoride treatments. We also believe in early intervention orthopedic and orthodontic treatments, having a strong focus on maximising jaw development, to ensure ideal relationships are formed for the jaws,” said Dr Thomas Choi, the spokesperson for the dental clinic, regarding their unrivalled services.

The practice is dedicated to providing personalized dental care and treatment for the whole family. All of the dentists at West Ryde Dental Clinic have gone through extensive training and are graduates of some of the best Australian universities. The practice has also invested in continuous education to ensure that every team member is better equipped to address the needs of their patients.

For patients that are always busy during the week, the practice makes sure that there are available slots during the weekend so that high-quality dental care and treatment are available round the clock.

Patients can take advantage of the free and no-obligation consultation so that they’re aware of their oral health. Going to the dentist isn’t something that should be dreaded and that is why West Ryde Dental Clinic makes sure that patients are comfortable right from the moment that they walk through their office doors. Senior cardholders can expect a 10% discount on all dental services. The practice is open for patients of all ages and their sole goal is to provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on the dental services that they provide.

West Ryde Dental Clinic takes pride in the fact that their dentists are members of the Australian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics. Patients can rest easy knowing that they’re getting a dentist West Ryde that will help achieve a Hollywood smile.

The practice takes a preventive approach when it comes to dental care

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