Halifax Medical Center formed a public-private collaboration—Volusia County Cooperative Health Group (the cooperative)—to expand access to primary and specialty care for underserved residents of the Daytona Beach/Volusia County, Fla., area.
The cooperative was comprised of representatives of the Halifax Medical Center, the county medical society, local health department, city and county government, the school system, a local foundation, and community representatives.
The expansion included a community health center in a public housing complex in Daytona Beach, and volunteer physician care at two additional county sites, helping to meet a health care need precipitated by the 1997 closing of county-run primary health clinics.
The cooperative helped established the Halifax Keech Street Community Health Clinic. It was located in a public housing complex in Daytona Beach, served the general medical needs of a neighborhood with a large minority population.
The cooperative also helped established the Bert Fish Medical Center's Community Health Center in New Smyrna Beach to provide medical care to underserved residents of southeast Volusia County.
Another Bert Fish Family Health Center in Edgewater, Fla., established during the project, was relocated September 1999 from Oak Hill, Fla., due to low patient volume. Both communities are south of Daytona Beach. At the time of the move, the clinic eliminated the services of a nurse practitioner and a licensed practical nurse, and began sharing staff with the New Smyrna Beach clinic.
Both the New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater sites were approved as MediPass providers in February 1999. MediPass, the Medicaid Provider Access System, is a primary care case-management program for Medicaid recipients administered by Florida Medicaid.