FoundCare to Expand Services

CAROLYN SUSMAN
Palm Beach Daily News (The Shiny Sheet)
December 21, 2012

FoundCare Health Center, a nonprofit medical care facility whose founders include former Palm Beach Mayor Lesly Smith, is celebrating its upcoming fifth anniversary by expanding its services.

Since its beginning, FoundCare has focused on providing health care to the uninsured and under-insured. But with funding tight, the West Palm Beach center now will offer services to those who are insured, including Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

“Fund-raising has been a challenge,” says Yolette Bonnet, chief executive officer. “To sustain ourselves, we are positioned to look at our payer mix.”

Basically, the center – which bills itself as “one-stop (medical) shopping for the whole family” – wants to be self-sustainable.

“Our founders (including several other Palm Beach residents) gave us seed money. We will see paid patients so we have a good patient mix,” said Dr. Katina Bonaparte, associate medical director for family practice.

To increase operational funds, the center will serve anyone who wants medical care. It also will include pediatric dental services, focusing on children in foster care. Adult dental services will come later, possibly next year.

Supporters praise the move.

“FoundCare has delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to Palm Beach County residents,” says Dr. Michael Dennis, chairman of the advisory board of Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. He is a Palm Beach resident and longtime FoundCare supporter.

“As the health center enters its fifth year, the organization is well-positioned to expand health services, while continuing to emphasize the importance of the use of key quality improvement practices, including health information technology.”

FoundCare board treasurer James Collins, also a Palm Beach resident, adds, “There is a growing need for affordable, high-quality health care throughout the county, particularly for uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid patients.

“By expanding adult and pediatric health services and growing the staff, FoundCare is helping to fill this void. Further, the health center is starting to accept some forms of private insurance, offering care to many more Palm Beach County residents while insuring sustainable growth for the future.”

The center is planning a community event to raise money from 6-9 p.m. March 15 at Top of the Point in Phillips Point, West Palm Beach. Contact the center at 472-9160 for more information.