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Media Alert- Putting a Roof Over Healthcare

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shutterstock_98056694MEDIA ALERT For Immediate Release |September 1, 2015 For Information Contact: Laurie Michaelson ** 352-374-5600 x8218 Who: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare What: Launch of Primary Care Clinic, Capital Campaign. Meridian has received funding to cover staffing and operations for a proposed Primary Care Clinic in Gainesville, Fla. In order to complete the construction and equip the clinic, Meridian must raise $90,000. The Primary Care Clinic will be one of the first of its kind in the state and will provide primary care to eligible Meridian clients. This new clinic will provide those with severe mental illness and addiction disorders 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. Not only will this result in the patient’s individual health improving it will improve the overall health of our community. The remaining cost of the new clinic is estimated at $90,000 and Meridian is seeking funding to help make this clinic a reality. When completed, the new clinic will make primary health care available to more than 8,300 local patients including 300 who are indigent and in greatest need. The clinic will be located in Meridian’s main building at 4300 SW. 13th St. Meridian stakeholders and members of the community are invited to attend a community briefing and tour the future home of the Primary Care Clinic. When: Thursday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The press conference will begin at 3:00pm promptly Where: The Future Home of Primary Care at Meridian 4300 SW 13th St Gainesville, Fl 32608 Note to the Media: All media will be given the opportunity to tour the future home of the Primary Care Clinic and interview key stakeholders such as President and CEO Maggie Labarta at this event. Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization located in North Central Florida. With services available throughout the region, Meridian maintains offices in these ten counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, and Union. Meridian is CARF accredited and licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services and is based on the vision that hope, recovery, and wellness are within everyone’s reach. For more information, visit ###

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