Internal Medicine | Mammogram Referrals | Free HIV Testing | Orthopedic | Gynecology | Referrals

Genesis Medical Clinic

Since 1996 serves the indigent and working poor that are not eligible for Medicaid assistance and cannot afford to pay the full costs of expensive medical services nor pay the monthly premiums for health insurance. In the summer of 1996, Genesis began operation of a 750 sq. ft. medical clinic in collaboration with Venice Bon Secours Hospital in the Nokomis community, providing primary medical services, laboratory assessments, radiology services and HIV testing services. Five volunteer doctors and three nurses with ancillary office and support staff provided all clinic services. Funding for operations came from patient fees that were charged on a sliding scale based upon income and family size. Those with an inability to pay could barter volunteer hours at the clinic or residential treatment program. The clinic was moved to the Newtown area of Sarasota in October 2000 and started clinic operations in January 2001. Storage USA donated 2200 sq. ft. of medical/dental office space to Genesis for a period of one year. At that location, Genesis has been designated as a clinic operating in an “area of critical need” by the Florida Board of Medicine. Primary medical and mental health services are available on a sliding-fee scale at our Sarasota Clinic. The clinic also operates as a free HIV/AIDS testing site. A community pharmaceutical assistance program is also available at the clinic. The clinic is staffed by 4 physicians, 1 psychiatrist, 1 registered nurse, 2 nursing assistants, 3 mental health counselors, and 5 ancillary staffers.

The Breast, Examination, and Referral Project (BEaR Project)

This project is inclusive of complete breast and GYN examinations, health education, and referrals for mammographies. The program particularly targets those women who are under-insured or uninsured with an emphasis on the Hispanic and African –American women residing in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, regardless of immigration status.

The constituency includes all women within Manatee & Sarasota Counties who qualify under the poverty guidelines, with an emphasis on Latinas and African- Americans. There is an emphasis on women < 40 years of age, especially with familial breast cancer and/ or symptoms, regardless of immigration status.

The Breast Examination, Education, and Referral Project, since 2004, serves those women who fall through the cracks of the current health care environment: earning too much to quality for any of the indigent programs, yet don’t earn enough to afford out-of-pocket pay for a mammography, Pap, and pelvic examination.

Project Unity/Gatekeepersproject unity

Comprised of ethnic minority para-professionals, the Gatekeepers are Community Health Workers that assist in a deeper community outreach in health education, community awareness activities, and in linking their neighbors and contacts to indicated health services. The Gatekeepers reside in the most under-served areas of our community and have many key contacts. Specific health areas in which the Gatekeepers are trained to participate are; HIV/AIDS, fetal and infant well-being, diabetes, breast/cervical cancer, and cardiovascular.

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