— ORLANDO, Fla. (September 18, 2019) – Grace Medical Home is growing in its commitment to provide comprehensive health care to community members with lower incomes, helping close the gap between those with access to quality medical care and those without.
The medical home celebrated its new, larger location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 18. Grace began treating patients at 1417 E. Concord Street in downtown Orlando on Monday, September 9.
“While we are overwhelmed with the support from the greater Orlando community,” said W. Marvin Hardy IV, MD, mission director and pediatric medical director of Grace Medical Home, “we know there is still much work to be done. This new building will be a means to embrace and serve more of our neighbors and ensure the highest level of health care for those in greatest need in our community.”
Growing from nearly 7,000 square feet at the former facility to 19,000 square feet at the new location allows Grace to see more patients, expand existing services and add new services in response to the needs of the community.
The new location and expansion was made possible by generous gifts from:
City of Orlando — $300,000 toward construction.
AdventHealth — $900,000 to support mental health and spiritual care programs, and $150,000 toward a new dental program.
Orlando Health — $900,000 to support the pediatrics program.
Dr. Phillips Charities — $800,000 toward construction.
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation — $250,000 to develop a new dental program.
Community donors and patients who also contributed to the multimillion-dollar project.
“The City of Orlando is proud to support Grace Medical Home in their work to ensure that uninsured residents enjoy the benefit of quality, comprehensive and ongoing health care,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are pleased to welcome them to their new home and look forward to a continued partnership as they expand their services in the community.”
New services include acute and preventative dental care, physical therapy and a teaching kitchen with large refrigerated storage space. Existing services such as primary care, specialty care, mental health, social services, spiritual care, medication management and referral coordination will expand and continue to embrace an integrated approach for those often overlooked in Central Florida.
The new space features a welcome room with a praying hands ceiling design, 22 exam rooms and areas designated for medical specialties, a dedicated space to store donated medication, a prayer room to support spiritual care needs, expanded social service areas and more workspace for staff and volunteers.
Grace’s clinical team — comprised of hundreds of volunteer physicians and nurses — treats patients for an array of acute and chronic conditions including mental health, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and orthopedic disorders.
There are more than 2 million uninsured Floridians, and about 200,000 live in the Orlando area. Since opening in 2010, Grace Medical Home has experienced rapid growth and had more than 12,000 patient visits in 2018. With the move, the organization expects to be able to significantly increase both the number of patients served and patient visits.
Offering more than medical care, Grace walks alongside patients in their journey to wellness, caring for the whole person, as it realizes its mission to be a medical home reflecting the heart of Christ by offering the highest level of health care to those in our community who need it most.
A medical home is not a building, house or hospital, but rather an approach to providing continuous, comprehensive primary care. It’s a hub or home base where a patient’s medical history is known and their medical care is coordinated. Patients have an ongoing and personal relationship with their physician and a place to turn for their health care needs. A medical home is exactly what residents with lower incomes who are uninsured struggle to find.
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