May 12, 2010
Brevard Health Alliance to operate Community Medical Clinic; agreement with Parrish Medical Center gives Alliance countywide service coverage
TITUSVILLE, FL (May 11,
2010) – Parrish Medical Center and Brevard Health Alliance (BHA) has reached an
agreement for BHA to assume management this summer of the hospital’s 14-year-old
Community Medical Clinic.
The move will establish
countywide coverage for BHA as it serves Brevard’s uninsured and underinsured
BHA will provide primary
care service to the clinic’s patients. The office at 500 North Washington Avenue
in Titusville will be staffed by two physicians, an Advanced Registered Nurse
Practitioner (ARNP) and backed up by a support staff.
PMC officials said that
BHA is eligible to receive grants and programs – including prescription drug
programs – for which the Community Medical Clinic is not eligible. Additionally,
the hospital’s analysis of BHA’s processes shows it will actually be able to see
more patients than the high number that already use the clinic’s services.
“This transition to BHA is
based on our area’s future needs and BHA’s ability to offer additional
services,” said Lisa Alexander, PMC vice president of medical affairs.
“The Brevard Health Alliance has
established an outstanding reputation for its work serving Brevard residents who
are uninsured or underinsured.
“We’re proud of the
service and care that the Community Medical Clinic has provided to our
community,” Alexander said. “The physicians and staff are doing wonderful work.
We’re entering this new phase in the clinic’s life because BHA can add new
dimensions of service and a countywide presence, both of which fit well with
PMC’s mission of healing experiences for everyone all the
Alexander added that another advantage is that BHA will
now work with all of Brevard’s major health systems.
BHA is described on its
Web site as a federally qualified community health center that serves patients
regardless of their ability to pay. Discounted fees are available based on
income and family size. BHA participates with Health First Health Plans,
Medicare, Medicaid and Florida Healthy Kids.
Lisa Gurri, BHA chief
executive officer, said the BHA is enthusiastic about extending its services to
north Brevard. “The demand for affordable
healthcare continues to grow. We are committed to this growth and increasing
access to a medical home for those citizens of North Brevard County. This
partnership with Parrish Medical Center will significantly expand healthcare
resources to the uninsured and we are very pleased to be working with such a
The Community Medical
Clinic’s 11 employees are being given the option of joining BHA or applying for
employment with PMC.
“With BHA taking over management of something
we have already built, the result is a seamless transition for our patients,”
Notification of the
management change has been sent to all clinic patients and other interested
groups, she added.
During the transition to
BHA management, the clinic’s operating schedule will remain the same. BHA also
operates a mobile clinic. Details are being worked out about its potential use
in north Brevard.
Contact: Julie Canada,