Testing, Treating, Offering Milk: Health Center Responds to COVID-19
Contact Name: Kari.Ellingstad
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone Number: 9415393949
I wanted to share a bit of information about CenterPlace Health, Sarasota County’s safety-net health care provider, and its response to the current pandemic.
-CenterPlace Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center. Our population is largely low-income, often uninsured. Though we accept many forms of insurance, we also offer a sliding fee scale for patients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford health services. Without Health Centers like CenterPlace, many would go without needed medical care, or they might go to the ER instead, which is very costly. We have three sites in Sarasota County.
-We are testing and treating for COVID-19. We’re an especially good option for people that don’t already have a provider or may be uninsured. The first positive patient we tested for COVID-19 was so grateful that we were able to provide treatment and appropriate follow-up. (We’re able to provide her contact information if you’d like). We’re working with the DOH and City of Sarasota and will be do community testing in the next few weeks (dates TBD).
-We’ve adapted in the face of the epidemic. We’ve set up triage stations outside our buildings to check temperatures and assess symptoms, limiting visitors and enforcing social distancing in our patient spaces. We’ve implemented AM/PM scheduling: Morning visits for well-patients, afternoon visits for those who are sick, with good sanitation of all patient spaces in-between. We’ve introduced telehealth – making it easier for our patients to safely connect with our providers via ‘virtual’ visits.
-We’ve also expanded partnerships. In response to Dakin Dairy’s problem of surplus milk, we’ve been able to secure donations through a local church to provide milk for our patients. The milk doesn’t go to waste, and our patients are benefiting. There are literally now fridges with milk in our lobby spaces…and it’s such a hit!
-Finally, there are many personal stories that emerge from the work we do on a daily basis. But the story of our CEO, Melissa Parker, is really incredible. She moved from St. Paul in to take the job with CenterPlace in November 2019. After serving in the job for just a few weeks, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She’s been leading our organization, innovating, expanding programs, and adapting to a pandemic, all while going through chemo and battling cancer. She is tirelessly devoted to our mission to service and is such an inspiration.
For more information, here is our website: https://www.centerplacehealth.org/prconfronting-crisis-remaining-calm
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/centerplacehealth
And a recent press release: https://www.centerplacehealth.org/prconfronting-crisis-remaining-calm
Our administrative offices are located at 2200 Rinlging Blvd, Sarasota. Our CEO and/or Medical Director are available for interviews.
Let me know if you’d like any additional information and feel free to reach out any time.
Kari Ellingstad, MPH
email@example.com | 941.539.3949 (m) www.CenterPlaceHealth.org www.facebook.com/CenterPlaceHealth