A NEW FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER COMING TO GREATER MIAMI
A New Federally Qualified Health Center coming to Greater MiamiThe Bureau of Primary Care Health announced that it has awarded BANYAN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER status as a new Federally Qualified Health Center, with health services to be provided at two separate locations in Miami’s Little Havana. This is a ray of light for a community that for years has struggled with low rates of health insurance, high rates of poverty and unemployment, and substantial health disparities. Accompanying the designation of Banyan Health System as the South Florida Region’s newest FQHC, Banyan will receive a grant of $595,833 to provide the community with health and prevention services, with provisions for renewal of up to $650,000 in federal funding annually.
The new community health center was founded by Banyan Health Systems, Miami Behavioral Health Center, and Spectrum Programs in response to critical and persistent gaps in healthcare access in a community classified as perilously underserved by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Little Havana had become something of a healthcare desert over the years. Coupled with the community’s high rates of immigration, there had been an acute and growing lack of access to primary health services in the community. As a result, many of its uninsured residents have had to use emergency rooms as their sole source of primary care, which means that health conditions including many chronic diseases are being caught at later, much more costly stages through an inherently more expensive branch of the Region’s healthcare safety-net.
The new FQHC grows out of the long-term partnership of Banyan Health Systems, Miami Behavioral Health Center, and Spectrum Programs. Miami Behavioral and Spectrum have been providing integrated mental health and addiction services in centers in Miami Dade and Broward counties for over four decades, and are recognized as regional leaders for effectively integrating treatment of these diseases of the brain. In 2009, the partners formed Banyan Health Systems, and simultaneously began integrating primary health services into their Little Havana service centers. In 2010, they founded Banyan Community Health Center as an independent, patient-majority governed health center.
For more information, please contact Ileana Ruiz Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Rademus Lopez at email@example.com, or Kevin M. Crain at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Banyan Community Health Center, visit our primary health pages at http://banyanhealth.org/services/primary-health.