First Resurrection Health center opens at 4095 American Way

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.”

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The 7,100-square-foot health center at 4095 American Way is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers a 10-person clinical staff providing broad-spectrum primary care, including focus areas in prenatal care, pediatrics, women’s health, HIV/AIDS care, and adult and geriatric medicine, along with general surgery offerings.

            In addition to seeing patients at 4095 American Way, Donlon and other Resurrection Health physicians are currently staffing the emergency room at Delta Medical Center 24/7, a contract that went into effect on Dec. 10, 2014. And, a temporary health center at 3960 Knight Arnold has been transformed into a permanent location for general surgery offerings. The organization already has plans to expand its reach in 2015 by opening a second location to be determined at a later time.

            “Delta Medical Center is pleased to work with a team of health care professionals who understand and support our vision of treating the underserved of this community,” said Bill Patterson, chief executive officer of Delta Medical Center. “Resurrection Health represents outstanding physicians and other providers who will assist the hospital in filling a service gap that will promote both good health and healing to our neighborhood.”

            Inpatient care and emergency room visits are the most costly components of patient care, which is why Resurrection Health is focused on improving the health of patients from a holistic perspective, driving down the cost of care through multi-level relationships across the medical landscape. With this vision in mind, the group looks to expand services as the organization grows by incorporating dentistry, optometry and pharmacy offerings to impact the community’s health in a proactive way. Additionally, the Resurrection Health team looks to share their holistic approach to primary care by incorporating a residency program to develop new medical residents with this philosophy as they become practicing physicians.

“Limited access to affordable quality care can lead to more serious health care issues and more expensive services for people as they age,” Donlon said. “We believe that by delivering quality medical care to the city’s underserved populations, we are not only saving lives, but we also have the opportunity to drive down the cost of health care across the board.”

            Resurrection Health is the only faith-based, evangelical health care provider in Memphis that offers both adult and pediatric primary and inpatient care. The organization’s staff of 20 health care providers is committed to integrating their faith with the practice of medicine and fighting the injustice of health care disparity in Memphis.

For more information about Resurrection Health, please call 901-271-9500 or visit http://www.rezhealth.org.

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