The article “Local nonprofit health provider interested in mall” was written in the Montgomery Advertiser. “Bernell Mapp, CEO of Health ServIces, Inc., said the nonprofit health provider would like to occupy about 40,000 square feet in the planned medical mall. Health Services offers primary health care and preventive health services to the insured as well as the uninsured.” (To read the entire article, click here)
Health Services, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the people of Montgomery County who may be underinsured or uninsured. Their mission is to improve access to care – very similar to HealthNet, Inc. here in Indianapolis.
The article touches on the possibility of Health Services, Inc. becoming part of a medical mall on the southside of Montgomery County. And, I will have to agree with the idea of starting a medical mall.
- ” She [Lynn Beshear, the exec director for a community group in Montgomery County] said the data indicated a large number of medically under-served Montgomerians in that area.” – The fact of having an FQHC be the cornerstone of a medical mall is headed in the right direction. The point of increasing access to more providers would be washed away if there wasn’t a presence of providers who could care for the uninsured.
- “Other possible tenants are hearing aid retailers, pharmacies, eye doctors, medical supply rentals, eateries and even a fitness center, Beshear said.” – Health care needs to turn more to the idea of having providers work together rather than separately. Housing all of these tenants in one area will help with collaboration and treatment of the whole person.
Montgomery County, Alabama is on the right track with the medical mall, and I hope itdevelops to show positive results. It would be a definite turning point in the way that health care is provided, particularly in underserved areas.
That is probably the point I agree with most – having plenty of different providers in one spot to increase access to care. Especially, especially, especially in underserved areas where SO MANY patients miss appointments for various reasons but MAINLY transportation reasons.
Housing all of these providers into one location with a health center leading the way is a fantastic idea!
What do you think of this idea?
Do you think providers are better when housed in one area?
Or, do you think each of them being in different places will allow more intensive care?
Share your thoughts in the comment section.