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Chatham's Uninsured Get more Help Meeting Medical Needs


A recent report by the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council finds thatthere are between 44 and 60 thousand uninsured people in Chatham County. Thatnumber has been steadily rising since about the year 2000. That number alsomeans there are families that who need quality medical care, but aren't alwaysable to get it. But there are those who are working to change that. TheSavannah Baptist Association is one such group. They're using their influenceand their cash to better meet the needs of the uninsured, under-insured and thehomeless. Their latest effort? A donation of 100 thousand dollars to the J.C.Lewis Primary healthcare center. That donation was officially made Wednesdaymorning. Aretha Jones, CEO of the Lewis Center says the funds will go to increasestaffing at the center. Right now the center meets the needs of the homelessunder-insured and uninsured by providing primary medical care. That means,among other things, that those visiting the center are giving flu shots, healthscreenings, dietary advice and more. There are already physicians, apsychiatrist and a dental hygienist on staff. The new funds will be used tobring on a nurse practitioner and other necessary staff.

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