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Baptist Medical Center Nassau Receives Award

Dec 08, 2017 02:00AM
The Florida Hospital Association has awarded Baptist Medical Center the Community Benefit Achievement Award for hospitals under 150 beds for 2017. The honor was presented to Baptist Nassau for its support of Barnabas Center, Inc., a safety net provider for lower-income individuals and families in Nassau County which provides basic health services for those who can’t afford health care.

Since 2005, when Barnabas Center began providing basic health services, Baptist Nassau, a 62-bed, multi-specialty community hospital answered the call for help, supporting the free clinic, which was organized in compliance with the state’s Access to Health Care Act, by offering diagnostic services, such as lab work and X-rays, at no cost to patients.

For over 12 years, Baptist Nassau has provided millions of dollars of in-kind contributions to the health services clinic at Barnabas, including more than $2.5 million this year alone. Nearly 1,600 Barnabas clients were seen at one of four Baptist hospitals in the past 12 months, the large majority at Baptist Nassau, which is located only a few miles from the Barnabas center. Baptist Nassau physicians, nurses and medical assistants continue to volunteer at the Barnabas walk-in clinic, which operates from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday.