JPS Medical Home Northeast Tarrant

July 10th, 2017

When a JPS patient in Bedford needs an ultrasound, it often means a trip to the emergency room — a very expensive trip that will soon be avoidable with construction of a new clinic for northeast Tarrant County. JPS Medical Home Northeast Tarrant will include ultrasound among its all-inclusive services.

Juanita Kelly of Euless represented JPS patients at the groundbreaking of JPS Medical Home Northeast Tarrant.

Juanita Kelly of Euless represented JPS patients at the groundbreaking of JPS Medical Home Northeast Tarrant.

JPS broke ground Friday on the new clinic at 3200 W. Euless Blvd. The medical home is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018 to replace JPS Northeast Health Center, about two miles away in Bedford.

“For all the talk about the Affordable Care Act and all the politics, what we know is that providing access is the best way to reduce cost,” said JPS President and CEO Robert Earley, who was joined at Friday’s groundbreaking by regional leaders who have worked for years to expand accessible healthcare in northeast Tarrant County.

Said former Euless City Manager Gary McKamie, “As a city, when we came to look for a community clinic that we needed badly out here, particularly to serve our underprivileged population, there was no greater group to turn to than JPS.”

Speaking to the unique nature of medical home clinics, County Judge B. Glen Whitley said, “We want to be proactive,” providing cost-effective preventative care to prevent medical emergencies. “We want to be managing care instead of being reactive.”

“Thank goodness in this county we have the leadership and wisdom that have brought us to where we are today,” said Precinct 3 County Commissioner Gary Fickes. “It is great for all the communities around here.”

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The 35,000 square-foot health center will provide primary care, women’s health, behavioral health, dental, optometry, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services. Combining services encourages coordination of care among providers and engagement by patients, who no longer need to travel to multiple locations for diagnostics such as x-rays and lab tests. Patients with diabetes, for example, can see a physician, get blood drawn, have their eyes checked and pick up prescriptions in the same location, increasing the likelihood that all preventative measures will be taken.

“It’ll sure be better for me because it’s closer to me,” said Juanita Kelly, 52, who represented JPS patients at Friday’s groundbreaking. Kelly, who has diabetes and arthritis, has had to travel to the main hospital for radiology and lab work. “I live just a couple of lights up the street.”

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