New Muscogee Creek Tribal Health Center Opens in Bruce

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

New Muscogee Creek Tribal Health Center Opens in Bruce

A new nonprofit and Federally Qualified Health Center will be dedicated on Saturday, March 31 in Bruce on the grounds of the Muscogee Nation of Florida. Congressman Jeff Miller will participate in the celebration, which is part of a community-wide “Family Fun Day” which includes FREE food, Native American arts and crafts, FREE health screenings and traditional Native American dances.

The Muscogee Creek Tribal Health Center is one of four Federally Qualified Health Centers opened by PanCare of Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates dental and health care clinics in Bay and Walton counties. These clinics are funded with contributions—along with federal, state and private foundation grants—to provide services to individuals on Medicaid, Medicare and on a sliding scale for those who are uninsured. The facility in Bruce is being opened and staffed by PanCare of Florida, Inc. and is made possible through a $100,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation.

Founded in 2001, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF). The mission of the BCBSF Foundation is to improve the health and well being of Floridians and their communities. Over the past 11 years, the Foundation has presented nearly 400 grants and awards, totaling more than $25 million.

“We are excited to open this new clinic,” says Mike Hill, president & CEO of PanCare of Florida, Inc. “We know how much people on Medicaid and Medicare need health care services in this region of Florida.” Leaders of PanCare have opened three other similar clinics in Bay and Walton counties. “Since we are non-profit, we can provide services on what Medicaid and Medicare can offer us, along with grants and contributions we receive to cover any shortfalls in patient services.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend “Family Fun Day” which includes the dedication of the new clinic. FREE health screenings are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Muscogee Creek Tribal Health Center dedication begins at 11:30. FREE food and soft drinks will be served immediately following the clinic dedication.

The presentation of Native American arts and crafts, along with stomp dancing and other entertainment, is scheduled throughout the entire program at 269 and 278 Church Road. “Family Fun Day” concludes at 3 p.m.

- Submitted by Christopher Mitchell


Naomi Alvarado informs us that husband Chris—a Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best Singer-Songwriter—will perform at a Grammy showcase April 18 in Orlando. Tickets are $10 for anyone that plans to be in the area (Did someone say “road trip”?). He’s also gotten word that he’s been selected to perform at the Florida Music Festival that weekend.

In addition to his Beachcomberland gigs, Chris will travel to Eddie’s Attic this month for open mic night. His official Web site has gotten an overhaul, too. Visit www.chrisalvaradolive.com for more info.

UPDATE: Chris informs us that his new album has just dropped! Can't wait to give it a listen...