J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, Inc. http://www.jclewishealth.org Schedule an Appointment: (912) 495-8887 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center Announces J. Brandon Gaffney as New CEO http://www.jclewishealth.org/j-c-lewis-primary-health-care-center-announces-j-brandon-gaffney-ceo/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:14:33 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=481 J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center and its board of directors are pleased to announce J. Brandon Gaffney has accepted the position of its new CEO. In his new role, Gaffney will provide detailed oversight, strategy, and vision for the nonprofit organization’s future growth and successful execution of its read more >]]> J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center and its board of directors are pleased to announce J. Brandon Gaffney has accepted the position of its new CEO. In his new role, Gaffney will provide detailed oversight, strategy, and vision for the nonprofit organization’s future growth and successful execution of its founding mission to provide affordable health care services to individuals in the Savannah community.

Prior to accepting this position, Gaffney served as chief operating officer for twelve years at Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Service, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations, human resources, and comprehensive facilities of three locations, including oversight of a nearly $12 million annual budget.

“We are confident that Brandon will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our organization,” said J.C. Lewis Board Chair Jennifer Wright. “He brings a wealth of community health center knowledge and experience to this position along with a proven track record of success.”

Gaffney graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. Gaffney and his wife, Dr. Ebony Gaffney, a psychiatrist who currently practices at Coastal Harbor Health System, are the proud parents of Tyson Gabriel Gaffney, age 3 and Ezra James Gaffney, age 1. Gaffney and his family reside in Pooler, Ga.

ABOUT J.C. LEWIS PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTER:

J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center (JCLPHCC) is a private nonprofit 501(c) organization providing health care services at an affordable rate to qualifying uninsured, underinsured, and homeless persons with limited income in the Savannah community. Founded in 1999, J.C. Lewis is a comprehensive facility providing primary medical, dental, behavioral, and pediatric health care services. For more information, please visit www.jclewishealth.org or call 912.495.8887.

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Agency Newsletter http://www.jclewishealth.org/agency-newsletter/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:22:14 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=425 Click here to view the latest addition of our newsletter!

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National Health Week http://www.jclewishealth.org/national-health-week/ Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:17:03 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=251 National Health Week is August 11-16, 2013

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National Health Week is August 11-16, 2013

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Immunization Day http://www.jclewishealth.org/immunization-day/ Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:14:09 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=247 Immunization Day will take place on August 5, 2013 at the J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center!

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Immunization Day will take place on August 5, 2013 at the J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center!

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Listen to our New Radio Commercial! http://www.jclewishealth.org/listen-radio-commercial/ Wed, 01 May 2013 13:32:56 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=234 Click Here to Listen

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Welcome to our new Website! http://www.jclewishealth.org/welcome-to-our-new-website/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:18:45 +0000 http://www.jclewishealth.org/?p=211 Feel free to look around the site and contact us for more information.

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BROADCAST ALERT: J.C. Lewis will be on The Balancing Act® http://www.jclewishealth.org/broadcast-alert-j-c-lewis-will-be-on-the-balancing-act/ Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:34:27 +0000 http://69.195.124.87/~jclewish/?p=202


Tune into Lifetime’s The Balancing Act® on Tue, Apr 02, 2013 to see a segment on J.C. Lewis!

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Tune into Lifetime’s The Balancing Act® on Tue, Apr 02, 2013 to see a segment on J.C. Lewis!

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Hurricane Season is here! http://www.jclewishealth.org/flu-season-is-here/ Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:42:49 +0000 http://69.195.124.87/~jclewish/?p=43 Hurricane Season started on June 1, 2013.

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Hurricane Season started on June 1, 2013.

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Know Your Risk http://www.jclewishealth.org/know-your-risk/ Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:20:17 +0000 http://69.195.124.87/~jclewish/?p=37 February is Heart Month. Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, CDC is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Take your first step on the road to a healthy heart with us.

Heart disease is a major problem. Every read more >]]> February is Heart Month. Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, CDC is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Take your first step on the road to a healthy heart with us.

Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1

Heart attack symptoms

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.1 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

The situation is alarming, but there is good news—heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health. CDC is providing a tip a day throughout February, but you can take these small steps all year long.

One Step at a Time

As you begin your journey to better heart health, keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

Plan for Prevention

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least 5 servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limitingsalt or sodium in your diet also can lower your blood pressure. For more information on healthy diet and nutrition, visit CDC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web siteand ChooseMyPlate.gov.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person’s body fat. If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI at CDC’s Assessing Your Weight Web site.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. For more information, see CDC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site.
  • Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor’s office. Find more information atCDC’s High Blood Pressure Web site.
  • Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit. For more information about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site and Smokefree.gov.
  • Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one. For more information, visit CDC’s Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
  • Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test. You can find out more from CDC’s High Cholesterol Web site.
  • Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your doctor about treatment options. Visit CDC’s Diabetes Public Health Resource for more information.
  • Take your medicine. If you’re taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something.

For more ideas about simple steps to take every day for better heart health, visit the full page of tips. You can also follow the Million Hearts™ initiative on Facebook and Twitter for even more ways to protect your heart and live a longer, healthier life. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.

Together, we can prevent heart disease, one step at a time.

Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

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J.C. Lewis Health Center to split from Union Mission http://www.jclewishealth.org/j-c-lewis-health-center-to-split-from-union-mission/ Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:28:31 +0000 http://69.195.124.87/~jclewish/?p=51 Officials anticipate no change in location or services for city’s uninsured and underinsured.

A local primary health care center for the uninsured and underinsured will step out from under the umbrella of one of the area’s largest shelters and providers of services for the homeless.

Union Mission officials announced Tuesday the J.C. read more >]]> Officials anticipate no change in location or services for city’s uninsured and underinsured.

A local primary health care center for the uninsured and underinsured will step out from under the umbrella of one of the area’s largest shelters and providers of services for the homeless.

Union Mission officials announced Tuesday the J.C. Lewis Health Care Center will form its own independent corporation with a separate board of directors starting Jan. 1, 2011.

The split will allow the Lewis Center to qualify for more federal health care grants, many of which come with strict management guidelines, said John Tatum, incoming board chairman.

“The long and short of it is if we continued to control the J.C. Lewis Health Center, it just would not be able to take full advantage of the funding that is available to it,” said Tatum. “So it’s better for the community; it’s better for Union Mission; it’s better for the health center and everybody concerned.”

The J.C. Lewis Health Care Center is one of about six Savannah area providers targeting the uninsured and underinsured population. In 2009, the center provided medical services to more than 6,100 patients and dental services to more than 1,100 patients.

Officials said those services will continue without interruption at the same facility located downtown at 125 Fahm St.

The Lewis Center was created in 1999 as a subsidiary of Union Mission to service the homeless and those at risk of being homeless. Programs include outpatient care, behavioral health services, dental care, respite care and care and housing for those with HIV.

For Union Mission, the separation will allow the 74-year-old agency to refocus on its original mission: Serving the homeless and at-risk population, officials said.

“This change comes after many years of nurturing and care provided by Union Mission,” said Frances Carter, Union Mission interim CEO, in a statement released Tuesday.

“Union Mission was there when the J.C. Lewis Health Care Center needed the support to get started and now is stepping back to continue its mission of helping end homelessness.”

J.C. Lewis III, son of the program’s late benefactor, released a separate statement supporting the change.

“The Lewis family is delighted that the J.C. Lewis Health Care Center has grown to the point where it can stand on its own,” he said in the statement.

Reference: http://savannahnow.com/news/2010-12-14/jc-lewis-health-center-split-union-mission

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