The Kearney Center and TMH partner to bring medical services directly to their clients

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 1:58 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Kearney center and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare have formed a working partnership in the last two years to help clients suffering from homelessness.

Their hope is to break the boundaries between homelessness and healthcare.

With health being a continuing issue for people suffering from homelessness, Connecting Everyone with a Second Chance, the managing non-profit of the Kearney center, teamed up with TMH to create a transitional center for their clients.

“So by having services where they reside we were able to remove those barriers,” explained Connecting Everyone with Second Chances Director Mindy Sollisch. “So regardless of somebody’s ability to pay, there is no need to make an appointment. When the transition center was here you could just wall in and receive that care.”

The CESC’s services include, dental, an evening clinic and a transitional center to help reach their clients need,s but when the pandemic hit, they didn’t want these services to stop.

“So a medical assistant went out to the sites and they may contact with our clients and if they needed care they were taxi’d over to the transition center which was located on Capital Oaks Drive,” said Sollisch.

The program also had a CNA go door to door to screen clients as part of a TMH’s initiative to meet their clients where they are needed.

“Many times healthcare systems wait for the patients to come to them and TMH has really been working to turn that around and using technology through Telemedicine to increase the access points around our community, we want to take care to where people are,” said Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s Population Health and Telemedicine Administrator Lauren Faison-Clark.

Faison-Clark says they want to give their clients a way to get help before it’s too late.

“You know a lot of times with medical issues, you may have disease ‘A’ so you might need drug ‘A’ and it seems very simple,”explains Faison-Clark. “Well when you don’t have motivation or you don’t have transportation, when you don’t have the financial resources needed to make those things happen you can suffer dire consequences.”

The two organizations say they’re working together in harmony to get their patients back on their feet.

“In order to you know get a job and to find housing you need to have good health,” explained Sollisch. “So it’s a pivotal part of what we are trying to do, which is getting people permanently housed and independent.”

“We have so many success stories and so many peoples lives have literally been dramatically changed for very simple measures but by working together we’re breaking down those silos,” shared Faison-Clark.

TMH and The Kearney Center say they have given medical services to more than 600 clients through their transitional center and hope to find primary care physicians for many more.

To find out more about the CESC’s Health Services and their hours, including the transitional center, you can visit their website.

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