Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is pleased to announce the kickoff of its 50-year anniversary celebrations with festivities in recognition of Patient Appreciation Day. Taking place at 10:30am, Wednesday, May 12, CHI’s Patient Appreciation Ceremony will bring together its staff, most tenured patients, and members of the community. The celebration will show appreciation for the health center’s patients whose families have been with CHI for decades, while also recognizing the 50-year commitment CHI has made to serving the critical health care needs of some of South Florida’s most underserved communities.
In 1971, Doris Ison established the start of what would one day be Community Health of South Florida, Inc. putting into motion a vision she had long strived to achieve. As an immigrant, Ison saw firsthand the poor and hazardous working conditions that immigrant and minority workers were often subjected to, and how the lack of an adequate health center in South Dade meant many were left without access to proper medical care. The formation of CHI in 1971 by Ison would be the start of a remarkable 50-year commitment by CHI that has seen the community health facility become a beacon of hope for those who without the access to the health care they deserved. Over the years, CHI continued to grow in scope, expanding its available services, and opening additional centers throughout South Florida to now 11 locations and 35 school-based suites, a mobile medical van and a mobile dental unit.
“It is an incredible honor to be able to celebrate patients who have been with us for so long, some of them for 50 years,” said Brodes H. Hartley Jr., President/CEO of CHI. “We are also thrilled to celebrate our community partners and donors who have helped to ensure Ison’s dream continues to grow and provide exceptional service to the underserved communities of South Florida.”
At 6:30, on the same day, the non-profit organization will host a virtual donor celebration to induct donors into its giving societies and thank them for their contributions. This event is private, but the Patient Appreciation Ceremony is open to the media.
CHI’s Patient Appreciation Ceremony will be hosted at 10:30am on May 12, 2021 at the Doris Ison Health Center, located at 10300 SW 216th St. Miami, FL, and will be attended by invited tenured patients, CHI staff, local community leaders, media, and other special guests.