Primary health care centers planned for Memphis area YMCAs beginning in 2024

What’s happening: A growing trend of bringing health care services more directly to the people continues in Memphis with the news that a new partnership will result in at least three, and potentially more, primary care health centers opening at YMCA locations throughout the Greater Memphis region. While exact locations have yet to be determined, the program will begin building the health centers starting in 2024.

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What’s planned: Chamber Benefits, Inc., a subsidiary of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with WeCare tlc and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South to open primary care health centers at YMCA locations throughout the region. The health centers will be roughly 2,500 sq. ft. each, with full-time staffs that include primary care physicians and health coaches.

What to expect: While the exact locations of these first health centers have yet to be determined, early considerations include the communities of Whitehaven, Cordova, and downtown Memphis. Organizers have set a goal of enrolling 6,000 individuals – including dependents – in the service before opening the first two health centers, with another health center opening at or near a different YMCA for each 2,000 more individuals enrolled.

How it works: The health care services are being touted as an affordable option for employers and individuals alike, with businesses invited to enroll their employees in the program for $40 per month; individuals are offered the same rate and dependents are included at no additional cost.

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Why it’s important: “At the Y, strengthening community is our cause,” says Jerry Martin, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. “This partnership perfectly aligns with our mission to support programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Providing access to quality healthcare, especially in areas with fewer options, enables us to broaden our services to continue to help families and individuals thrive on their journey to wellness."

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