Jessie Trice Health Center opens in Miami Gardens

Erick Johnson | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.
Packed with an array of services including free health screenings, vital checkups, and fun for everyone, the Jessie Trice Community ...

Packed with an array of services including free health screenings, vital checkups, and fun for everyone, the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) will host a Grand Opening Celebration for their new Miami Gardens Health Center.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4692 NW 183rd Street in Miami Gardens.

The celebration is free and open to the public and will be filled with exciting giveaways, fun raffle drawings, healthy snacks and treats, and more. The Power 96 Street Team, a bounce house and numerous corporate sponsors, health care providers and vendors will lend their support in appreciation to the community.

“Our grand opening is truly a reflection of our dedication and commitment to the Miami Gardens and surrounding communities,” said Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHC. “We know and sincerely appreciate this community and surrounding neighborhoods, and have assembled an all-star lineup of participants, providers and care givers for this worthy cause.”

Sponsors for the Grand Opening Celebration include: Amerigroup Real Solutions in Healthcare, Care Plus Health Plans, Inc., Coventry Health Care, Farm Share, Laboratory Corporation of America, Molina Healthcare, Premier Physician Support Services, Prestige Health Choice, and UnitedHealthcare.

Door prize, music and fun for the whole family will be offered at the Jessie Trice

“This is a family fun event for which you can bring the whole family,” said Neasman. “Not only will you meet members of the medical team and staff, but you will also learn how to live a healthy lifestyle in a fun way.”

Highlights of the event will include learning about (and signing up for) the available insurance plans, participating in health screenings, enjoying healthy snacks and treats, games and activities for the kids, and much more.

Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr., who is also chairman of the Jessie Trice Foundation’s Board of Directors, played a pivotal role in the Miami Gardens Health Center. “We are delighted to have a first class facility right here in our community,” exclaims Williams. “With the excellent services they provide, our community and our neighboring communities will have the ability to receive world-class medical attention right in their own back yard.”

The Grand Opening celebration will also have a host of exceptional vendors on hand to provide key information on their products/services. Among those confirmed are:the Bounce House, Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Children Medical Services (CMS), City of Miami Gardens Police Department, Cloverleaf Chiropractic, DCF Access Program, Farm Share, Guardian Ad Litem, Health Connect, Jack-Senior Health Fitness, Job Corps, JTCHC Cardiovascular Services, JTCHC Cardiovascular Services, Diabetes Education, HIV and Substance Abuse Testing, Mental Health (BSAT), Kid Care, Medical/Dental, Miami Dade County Finger Printing, Miami-Dade Library, Planned Parenthood, Pony Ride, Train Station, UM Jasmine Program (Cancer Education), Switch Board of Miami, and Work Force.

This newest center has been operating since November and officials hope the grand opening ceremony will generate more awareness as they provide residents and community leaders with a tour of the 10,000-square-foot facility located in a popular strip shopping center at 4692 NW 183rd St. The location is an easy stop for busy residents, who can get a quick check-up after shopping in the complex.

The center will also provide programs and counseling in health and nutrition, diabetes and Medicaid assistance. There is also free help in enrolling in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care insurance program.

In the facility, there are 11 examination rooms for children and adults, a laboratory and a conference room for patient education programs. Adults can enter on the north side of the facility and parents can enter the pediatrics section from the south entrance.

The cost for the building was covered by the landlord as part of a five-year lease. Center officials said operational and payroll costs are estimated at around $700,000, which is paid for through grants, corporate and private donations.

Center officials said the facility accepts insured and uninsured residents from any community. Residents must make an appointment prior to their visit. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.