Palm Springs, FL – The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics marked the opening of its new clinic location at 7408 Lake Worth Road in Lake Worth with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 24. The event was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. Since the new clinic opened its doors to patients on August 3, the clinic has seen 842 patients. Sixty percent of the patients seen so far are new patients to the Brumback Clinics.
“We are excited that our medical staff at the new Lake Worth clinic site are able to provide care to all patients who are seeking high-quality, affordable primary health care,” said Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, FQHC Executive Director. “Our goal is that this clinic, as well as all of our clinics, will become the medical home for our patients’ health care needs.”
“We are grateful to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its Chief Executive Officer Andre Varona for hosting today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and for their continued support of the Health Care District’s mission,” said Nicholas W. Romanello, the Health Care District’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “The Health Care District is committed to serving as the health care safety net for Palm Beach County.”
C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics celebrate new location in Lake Worth with ribbon-cutting ceremony
From left: Frances Navarro, Vice-Chair, Brumback Clinics Board of Directors; Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, FQHC Executive Director; David Kendle, Chair, Brumback Clinics Board of Directors; Mara Martinez, Member, Brumback Clinics Board of Directors; Philip H. Ward, III, Chair, Health Care District Board of Commissioners; Nicholas W. Romanello, Health Care District Interim Chief Executive Officer; Florida Representative Dave Kerner
More than 70 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, which included a tour of the clinic and an opportunity for guests to meet the clinic’s staff. Among the dignitaries and special guests at the event were Dan Liftman and Clarey Walker, Staff Assistants to U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings; Charity Lewis, Staff Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel; Kathleen Roe, District Aide to Florida Representative Kevin Rader; Florida Representative Dave Kerner and his Legislative Assistant, David Shane; Battalion Chief Mike Arena, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Andre Varona, Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County.
Captain Jeremy Hurd, Chaplain, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, opened the program with an invocation, which was followed by a cultural dance performed by students from the Guatemalan-Maya Center’s Escuelita Maya After School Program in Lake Worth, in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In his remarks, Philip H. Ward, III, Chair of the Health Care District’s Board of Commissioners, praised the new clinic’s role in keeping the community healthy.
“This is where we can provide the services and the preventive care that so many people need,” he said. “This is where our mission statement is, and I appreciate all of the very hard work that’s been done.”
In the program’s final remarks, Florida Rep. Dave Kerner emphasized the Health Care District’s role in providing needed primary care services to the Lake Worth community through the new clinic.
“The mission statement and the charter of the Health Care District is regardless of what happens around our community, in our community, we’re going to stand up for health care,” he said. “We’re going to provide health care to people whether they can afford it or not, and I think that’s an incredible thing.”
The ceremony concluded outdoors with the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon, with help from David Kendle, Chair of the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ Board of Directors, members of the Health Care District’s Board, Health Care District staff, and members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to Mr. Kendle, other members of the Brumback Clinics Board of Directors included Frances Navarro, Vice-Chair, and Mara Martinez. Also in attendance at the event were James T. Howell, MD, MPH, Health Care District Audit and Compliance Committee Member as well as representatives of many local community, health and social service agencies.
A $650,000 “New Access Point’ grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded in May 2015, enabled the Brumback Clinics to begin operating the new clinic. Clinic services for adults and children are provided by highly-trained, qualified and professional medical staff that is Board-certified in the primary care specialties of Family Practice, General Practice, Pediatrics and Mental Health Services.
All eight Brumback Clinics in Palm Beach County are open Monday through Friday and serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance.
“Preventive care is a priority and part of the Health Care District’s mission,” said Mr. Ward. “We hope our new location in Lake Worth will provide access to comprehensive, quality health care services, in order for patients to increase the quality of a healthy life.”
To make an appointment, call 561-642-1000.
Brumback Clinics Lake Worth Staff
Back row, from left: Jennifer Blake, Practice Manager; Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, FQHC Executive Director; Louvena Vaudreuil, Medical Assistant; Ricardo Gomez, Certified Application Counselor; Sandra Warren, MD; Sheila Paulina Jean, RN; Mirna Garcia, Registration Clerk; Jonathan Bostic. Pharmacist IV
Front row, from left: Marlene Jara, Medical Assistant; Ellen Buchholz, ARNP; Yusimi Machado, Medical Assistant; Yirka Cue, Registration Clerk; Leslie Santiago, Medical Assistant