MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The doors are finally open at Resurrection Health's fourth location right in the heart of Frayser.
"There are many low-income people here, and there are very few health resources," said Dr. Rick Donlon, the co-founder of Resurrection Health.
Everyone from area pastors to U.S. Representative Steve Cohen came out to mark the opening on Frayser Boulevard.
It's something Cohen said will have a huge impact on the Frayser community.
"We don't have enough health providers, particularly in low-income areas in Memphis. There should be 34 primary care physicians in an area this large. We have seven."
Imagine our health care spending like a pyramid, with the base representing all 937,000 residents of Shelby County and the top being a relatively few thousand individuals with advanced and complex medical problems. The majority of our collective resources are expended at the narrow top of the pyramid on expensive treatments that often fail to cure diseases or meaningfully extend lives.
We spend far less at the base of the pyramid where primary care can benefit the vast majority of us, intervening before we suffer the long-term consequences of disease.
A faith-based, evangelical health service organization that’s only halfway through its first year of existence has opened a second clinic to help support its mission of addressing health care disparities in Memphis.
Resurrection Health, which launched in December, has expanded to Whitehaven with the opening of a 3,600-square-foot health center at 5339 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Resurrection Health has opened its second location, this time serving the Whitehaven neighborhood.
The new clinic is located at 5339 Elvis Presley Blvd. in a 3,600-square-foot building. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and has a 10-person staff who provides primary care, prenatal care, pediatrics, women’s health, HIV/AIDS care and adult and geriatric medicine. The center is projected to serve approximately 20,000 patient visits annually.
Resurrection Health will be kicking off its move into the Whitehaven community with a Back to School Celebration from July 20 to 24. The Health Center will be handing out free school supplies all week, as well as conducting free health screenings for students. The community is also invited to join Resurrection Health at the Whitehaven clinic on Thursday, July 23 for an open house event including food, bounce houses, face painting, drawings for $10 Wal-Mart gift cards and school uniform vouchers and more!
Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:
“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”
Now, Donlon and CCHS co-founder Dr. David Pepperman have launched Resurrection Health.
“The first time we did this we were 30 and had a lot more energy,” Donlon, 51, said. “But the reason we recruited people here was they were wanting to be part of something bigger than themselves – those noble things they thought about when they entered medicine.”
Twenty years ago Dr. Rick Donlon and Dr. David Pepperman helped found one faith-based health care organization to serve low-income Memphians and on Wednesday, they unveiled a second one.
The pair have started an evangelical primary care organization called Resurrection Health after departing from Christ Community Health Services, which Donlon, Pepperman and two other young doctors founded in 1995.
“This is just an extension of what we’ve been doing for 20 years; it’s why we moved to Memphis,” Donlon said.
Shelby County has more than 200,000 people lack access to primary healthcare services.
Many of them can't afford health insurance while others don't have a primary doctor in their neighborhood.
In Southeast Memphis, having a primary care doctor is a luxury many can't afford. It's why patients like Lowell Hicks are happy to see the opening of the Resurrection Health Center in the 4000 block of American Way.
"The community needs it," Hicks said. "Because it's not, I don't think, as far as I know, there ain't anymore clinics close around here."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Resurrection Health says there are more than 200,000 families in Southeast and Western Shelby County who struggle to find doctors close by.
Owners opened the faith-based healthcare center at 4095 American Way to give low-income families a shot at quality healthcare.
“We have what we call a sliding fee scale meaning if people are uninsured, they report their income and then we offer reduced prices for healthcare services based on their income,” Dr. Rick Donlon, the CEO of Resurrection Health, said.
The center offers primary adult and pediatric care.
The facility has 16 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and is equipped to serve up to 150 patients a day,
The center is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2015 – With a well-known commitment to Memphis’ medically underserved, Dr. Rick Donlon and Dr. David Pepperman today announced the launch of Resurrection Health – a faith-based, evangelical health service organization intended to holistically meet the primary care needs of those in the community who do not have access to quality health care.
Donlon, who is serving as chief executive officer and practicing physician of Resurrection Health, and Pepperman, chief medical officer and laboratory director of this new enterprise, have a deep-rooted history of reaching into the medically underserved communities of Memphis as co-founders of Christ Community Health Services, where they both served for nearly two decades. The duo is launching this new initiative to continue their mission to restore spiritual, physical and social well-being among the city’s most marginalized.
Presently, more than 200,000 low-income residents of western and southeastern Shelby County struggle to find primary care in their communities. More specifically, Resurrection Health leaders identified southeast Memphis as a target area with the most need, launching two temporary health centers in December of last year. The organization’s first permanent health center recently opened at 4095 American Way.
“We chose to begin our organization’s journey in southeast Memphis after identifying the intense need for these services in this primary care desert,” Donlon said. “In this area, patients are competing with patients for doctors, and we intend to change that as we grow Resurrection Health and increase the community’s access to quality medical care.”