Contact: Robin Kish, Administrator of Public Affairs
Palm Springs, FL – This month the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, which are operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County as Federally Qualified Health Centers, are marking their first year of providing quality medical care to adults and children. Since June of 2013, the four clinics located at the current Florida Health Palm Beach County (formerly Palm Beach County Health Department) health centers in Belle Glade, Lantana, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach have logged more than 52,000 total patient visits.
“It’s rewarding to see residents of all ages from across the county make the Brumback Clinics their medical home,” said Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM, the Health Care District’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. “Our goal is to provide patients access to primary health care services that keep them healthy.”
All four clinics are open Monday through Friday and serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance. Clinic services for adults and children are provided by highly-trained, qualified and professional medical staff who are Board-certified in the primary care specialties of Family Practice, General Practice, Pediatrics and Mental Health Services. While the four clinics accept patients who walk in, the clinics recommend that patients make an appointment by calling 561-642-1000.
Adult services include: yearly physicals, medical evaluations and disease management, laboratory services, diabetes and hypertension screenings, mammogram and specialty care referrals, mental health counseling, adult immunizations, employment, school and housing physicals, financial counseling and social services referrals.
Pediatric services include: well child visits, sick child visits, school and sports physicals, childhood immunizations, hearing and vision testing, mental health counseling and laboratory services.
All patients at the Brumback Clinics have on-site access to pharmacy services and discounted prescription medication through the Federal 340B program. During the past year, more than 1,800 uninsured patients had access to discounted prescriptions that they could not otherwise afford.
To improve accessibility for residents in the Glades community, on July 14th, 2014 the Belle Glade clinic is scheduled to relocate from the county building at 38754 State Road 80 to a convenient new location in downtown Belle Glade at 941 SE 1st Street.
This year the Brumback Clinics also launched a new website, www.BrumbackClinics.org, which allows visitors to easily find information about the clinics, including addresses, hours of operation, maps and directions, and Palm Tran routes. Patients can visit the new website prior to their visit and download a registration form to complete and bring with them to their appointment.
“One of our successes this year was expanding our hours of operation to provide services in the evenings one day a week at three of our clinics,” said Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, FQHC Executive Director. “Looking forward, we are evaluating additional opportunities for enhancing services in the community.”
About the Health Care District:
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which is marking its 25th anniversary, provides adult and pediatric care at the four C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, health coverage programs for eligible uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, a nationally-recognized Trauma System, registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools, short and long-term skilled nursing at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach, and acute care at Lakeside Medical Center, the county’s only public hospital, serving the rural Glades’ communities.