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SOURCE Health Care District of Palm Beach County
PALM SPRINGS, Fla., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Health Care District of Palm Beach County marks its 25th anniversary, the public health system is serving the needs of more adults and children countywide. This month the District's four Federally Qualified Health Centers, the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, are marking their first anniversary, having provided quality care during 52,000 patient visits in their first year.
The District also oversees and funds the county's nationally-recognized Trauma System, which provides life-saving care to over 3,000 trauma patients annually. Since taking flight in 1991, over 57,700 patients have benefited from this integrated system, which includes two Trauma Centers and the District's two Trauma Hawk aeromedical helicopters.
Annually, the District's 200 School Nurses keep 174,000 public school students healthy and ready to learn. Since 1993, the District's health coverage plans have served eligible, uninsured residents who don't qualify for other government programs. Last year, 40,000 plan members accessed basic health care services and prescriptions they could not otherwise afford.
"For 25 years, we have proudly partnered with public and private community providers and organizations as we ensure access to quality health care for thousands of county residents," said Carol A. Roberts, Chair of the District's Board of Commissioners.
The District provides 24-hour, skilled nursing care at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach. In rural, western Palm Beach County, the District operates the county's only public hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which last year treated 33,000 patients.
"The District is a unique safety-net system where the dollar follows the patient," said Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, the District's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. "Ninety-four percent of the District's expenditures support direct health care services in the community."
The District, which staffs 1,000 employees, is governed by a volunteer Board: Carol A. Roberts, Chair; Philip H. Ward III, Vice-Chair; Brian R. Lohmann, Secretary; Nancy C. Banner, Esq.; Angeleta Gray, former Delray Beach City Commissioner; Leslie B. Daniels; and Alina M. Alonso, MD, the Director of the Florida Department of Health Palm in Beach County.
U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and local municipalities have officially recognized the District's 25th anniversary.
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