SARASOTA (WWSB) - It’s been a year and a half since the Newtown Community’s medical home opened its doors. Since then, it has acquired a legal aid program, a partnership with a medical center and is still growing.
For more than a decade, Goodwill’s career facilitator Carlos Yancy has been helping residents in the Newtown Community find jobs and housing. In the past year and a half, he’s also referred residents to the medical practice right across the street. Even better, because of convenience, he also took the leap. He says, “I haven’t had a primary care doctor for the last 10 years and I’ve been able to resume my health care and get my checks.”
Yancy taking advantage in 2017 when the practice started with thirteen resident doctors. By this year it will triple in size to 39 residents. Program Director of the Internal Residency Program Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch says that expanding with legal counseling on issues that impact health and a pharmacy residency program are key for the community. She says, "All of our patients have access to a pharmacist, they have access to a diabetic educator on site so those are also things that help provide additional services and they’re there every single day.”
Associate Director for the Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Karen Hamad says they’ve expanded beyond primary care partnering with the Community Medical Center.
“It is a pro bono medical facility that provides specialty care to patients who need gastroenterology, oncology and GYN. All the different things that a primary care doctor can’t do. The hospital actually double the size of the community medical clinic and we’ve been able to provide 15 colonoscopies and endoscopies per month.”
And it’s because of that growth and what Yancy calls an investment in the community he keeps making referrals.
“I’m a third generation resident of Newtown and we’ve had stores, shops, food stands, but we’ve never had a hospital here and I wish the community would utilize it a lot more.”