Meridian breaks ground on Primary Care Clinic

Meridian breaks ground on Primary Care Clinic and receives $30,000 from the County.

Identifying care coordination as a Alachua County priority.

Gainesville, Fla. – January 12, 2016 has been a successful day in the plight to provide Alachua County residents with much needed health care services, with the support of Alachua County and a $30,000 one time contribution.

After six months of fundraising towards a $90,000  goal Meridian, has begun the construction on the Primary Care Clinic. While fundraising efforts continue towards the total project costs Oelrich Construction has been selected to complete the renovations at Meridian.

“To be involved in renovating the space for this new clinic is an honor. Creating the right environment for the clinic to function at maximum performance is our goal. We believe that patients will receive a level of care they have never before experienced and that this will have a positive impact for each person Meridian treats.” Ivan Oelrich, President, Oelrich Construction, Inc.

Meridian’s Primary Clinic will be one of only a select few in the state of Florida and will offer primary heathcare to those who would otherwise go without.

“Alachua County is proud to be a long time partner and supporter of Meridian. We are glad to be able to contribute to this important new primary care project that will greatly benefit our citizens.”  County Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson commented.

President and CEO of Meridian, Maggie Labarta, PhD. Stated “We are very pleased with the support from staff and the community in creating a health home at Meridian. The funds raised from individual donors and staff contributions, along with today’s commitment from Alachua County, moves us closer to opening our doors.”

Labarta goes on to say “Primary care that is coordinated with treatment for mental health and substance use disorders has been a longstanding challenge for patients at Meridian.  With funding from the legislature – which we hope will continue into the future – we can now create a model program for no wrong door fully integrated care.  We hope the community will continue to provide support – and donations! – to help us in this effort.

This program will provide Meridian clients with serious mental illnesses and addictions the ability to receive integrated mental health and primary health care – in a setting that understands their unique needs and ensures coordination of all health requirements.

For more information regarding the project proposed please visit: http://mbhci.org/creating-a-health-home-at-meridian/     and      https://www.youcaring.com/meridian-behavioral-healthcare-405676

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