For Immediate Release
August 10, 2018
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(BPRW) JTCHS kicks off National Health Center Week with a ribbon cutting at Lotus Village.....

Part of the Back to School Block Party & Health Fair

(Black PR Wire) Miami – As an early kick-off for National Health Center Week (NHCW), Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) and Lotus Village will conduct a “Back to School Block Party and Health Fair.”   This event takes place on Saturday, August 11th from Noon – 5 p.m. at Lotus Village, located at 217 NW 15th Street in Overtown/Miami.


The celebration, entitled “It Takes A Village,” will also feature the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new state-of-the-art medical and dental clinic of the Lotus Village, which is operated by JTCHS.


“We are delighted to provide these important and much needed services to our community right here in Overtown,” says JTCHS’s President and CEO, Annie Neasman. “In this era of significant healthcare challenges facing our nation, collaborating with our neighborhood partners helps bridge the gap in access to basic medical, dental, and vision services. And as we kick-off National Health Center Week, this is a day to celebrate a new chapter for both JTCHS and Overtown.”


During the celebration, there will be a number of free medical services offered, and essential back-to-school tools and supplies will be provided to the children and young adults.  The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and will feature our communities’ elected officials, as well as key leaders from JTCHS and Lotus Village.


At Lotus Village, JTCHS will offer medical, dental, ophthalmological, and OB/GYN services at the new clinic. A men’s health initiative is also being planned to address their special needs. The new clinic includes five medical exam rooms, triage, seven state-of-the-art dental exam rooms, a panoramic dental x-ray machine, labs and sterilization facilities and a welcoming lobby.


About National Health Center Week 2018


National Health Center Week 201 is part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18h to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved. The event is sponsored by Henry Schein.



 JTCHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

At Lotus Village/Page 2


JTCHS is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans.  Health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:


  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent


The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s NHCW. 

 More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists and dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists, and much more.  Working together, these health care heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders. It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success and along with it a long tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

 About Jessie Trice Community Health System

 The Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc. is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. A community mainstay, JTCHS owns and/or operates fifty-five (55) facilities, which includes eleven (11) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, forty (40) school-based health locations and two (2) university centers, and a woman’s substance abuse residential program. JTCHS’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff services a diverse population of over 47,000 patients who make more than 187,000 visits annually. WE KNOW how to satisfy our patients and have been doing so for decades.

 For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health System, contact 305-805-1700 or visit


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 MEDIA NOTE:  Media interested in interviewing the leadership of JTCHS or Lotus Village, and/or who will be attending the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and other events sets for the day are requested to contact Bernadette Morris via mobile at (305) 450-0942.