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North St. Louis County Facility brings primary care services to “healthcare desert”
ST. LOUIS - Beyond Housing has partnered with Affinia Healthcare, one of Missouri’s most significant community health organizations, to bring primary healthcare services to the 24:1 community, now a “healthcare desert”. The Affinia Pagedale Healthcare Center opens today at 6763 Page Avenue with a community open house from 10:00 – Noon. Beyond Housing focuses revitalization efforts in the 24:1 – the communities that make up the Normandy school district in North St. Louis County.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated Pagedale as a health professional shortage area (HPSA) – an area with a shortage of primary, dental, and mental health care. Communities with a score of 16 or above on the DHHS list are described as areas of “greatest need”; Pagedale currently scores an 18.
“Prior to today, the nearest clinics were in Pine Lawn or Berkeley, a 30-minute bus ride away. That’s a great distance for a senior who doesn’t get around so well anymore or a single mother looking for a well-baby check-up for her newborn,” said Chris Krehmeyer, President and CEO of Beyond Housing. “The need has been great for affordable and convenient healthcare in the 24:1. We are grateful and excited to partner with Affinia to open this clinic.”
“This new facility, Affinia’s first outside of the City of St. Louis, expresses Affinia Healthcare’s mission of providing high-quality health care and exceptional service, while promoting healthy lifestyles. We look forward to serving the residents of the 24:1,” said Alan O. Freeman, President and CEO, Affinia Healthcare.
The 2,800-square- foot-facility, located at 6763 Page Avenue, will provide affordable medical care for adults and children, laboratory services, afternoon and evening hours, and convenient walk-in appointments. The location will have two medical providers and support staff who will be available six days a week. The center will accept Medicaid, Medicare, Gateway to Better Health and most commercial insurance plans.
Affinia Healthcare expects to serve about 2,600 patients annually.
About Affinia Healthcare®
Affinia Healthcare is a dynamic and transformative health system, providing affordable primary and preventive health care services in St. Louis. Facilities are staffed and equipped to provide comprehensive Primary Care Services, in addition to an array of Health Support Services and Community Health Programs. For more information about Affinia Healthcare, please call 314-898- 1700 or visit www.affiniahealthcare.org.
Beyond Housing and Affinia Healthcare are non-for- profit organizations partly dependent upon charitable donations to support its missions and service to the community.