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West Phoenix gets new health care center for vulnerable populations

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PHOENIX – Jewish Family & Children’s Service recently launched an integrated health care center in west Phoenix as part of the nonprofit group’s mission of serving vulnerable populations.

The debut of the JFCS West Valley Healthcare Center at 1840 N. 95th Ave. culminates the organization’s goal of opening four such facilities over a five-year period.

The plan called for adding primary medical services to the group’s existing behavioral health centers, according to a Wednesday press release.

“Combining primary and behavioral health care means a well-rounded, practical approach to treating the whole person, regardless of social or economic circumstances,” Mary Jo Whitfield, JFCS vice president of integrated health, said in the release.

The group’s other facilities are in Gilbert, Phoenix’s Maryvale neighborhood and Glendale. Telehealth options are available.

JFCS aims to provide members of Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid system, with the same quality of care as patients with more comprehensive health plans.

The group’s health centers offer primary care services such as wellness exams and immunizations, with individual and group therapy offered for behavioral health.

“As an agency that works with vulnerable populations who are most at-risk, it’s important that we do everything we can to reach those who depend on its services,” Rochelle Ryan, West Valley Healthcare Center director, said in the release.

“Our newest location is yet another example that shows how dedicated we are to our mission.”

Significant funding for the new integrated health care center came from the Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation, according to the release.

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