New health center planned for Wildwood

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WILDWOOD- A million-dollar health center plans to open its doors in Wildwood this November.

Complete Care, which is a network of 18 health care centers throughout Cape May, Gloucester and Camden counties, provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to about 50,000 patients annually.

After receiving $1 million in grant money, the network plans to open a new facility on New Jersey Avenue that will see about 5,700 patients annually.

“To receive these grants, you have to show that there is a considerable need for a health center in Wildwood,” Complete Care spokeswoman Emily Paul said.

According to Paul, Wildwood is designated as a medically underserved area, which means it has too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty, or a high elderly population.

Paul also cited Wildwood’s high unemployment rate, the area’s dependence on seasonal jobs, as well as the number of the area’s jobs that do not offer health insurance, as reasons why the city was chosen for the health center.

She said the facility was made possible by two $500,000 federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The first, she said, was called a “new access point” grant, which identified a need in the area for a health center.

The second, Paul said, was awarded because of the plans to include Wildwood schools in the new health center.

She said that the new health center’s location was chosen to be close to the schools within Wildwood’s school district, so children can be bussed to the facility during the school day if a child needs to see a health care provider. She said this is the fifth Complete Care facility to work with neighboring schools.

Paul said parents will sign permission slips to allow their children to use the service, and Complete Care will work with Wildwood school nurses to provide medical, dental, and behavioral services to students.

Paul said the facility will offer care to both insured and uninsured patients. Patients without insurance can meet with financial counselors to try to be connected to federal and state health programs to offset the cost of their care. Also, Paul said that the cost of services is on a “sliding scale” price range.
“It’s part of our mission that cost is not a barrier to care,” she said.

Plans for the health center were set to be unveiled at a media event Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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