Baptist Health employees roll up their sleeves for Hands On Miami

By Erika Arriola….

Brian Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida, and fellow volunteers pitch in to improve Open Door Health Center’s lawn.

More than 250 Baptist Health South Florida employees, along with family and friends, recently volunteered their weekend to improve two important community centers, the Open Door Health Center and the Good News Care Center in South Miami-Dade.

The volunteers took part in the recent Hands On Miami project to beautify the two facilities, which provide free healthcare to the uninsured. Volunteers spent the morning landscaping, painting, cleaning, and restoring the lines of the parking lot and four-square games.

The morning’s volunteer effort was led by Brian E. Keeley, Baptist Health South Florida president and CEO, along with Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital.

For years, Baptist Health has supported financially both the Open Door Health Center and The Good News Care Center. Both healthcare centers are dedicated to serving the uninsured, many of whom are low-income workers.

Phillis Oeters, vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health, said the “facilities provide vital services to the Homestead community and we are confident our hard work will benefit both centers.”

Baptist Health, the region’s largest faithbased, not-for-profit healthcare organization, has nearly 14,000 employees and is the area’s largest private employer. Last year, Baptist Health contributed $223 million in charity care and other community benefit. Baptist Health includes Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and South Miami hospitals as well as Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

Open Door Health Center, located at 1350 SW Fourth St. in Homestead, is a notfor- profit organization with a mission to provide free primary healthcare, diagnostics and educational services for adults, children and teens in a caring, compassionate teaching environment.

The Good News Care Center, 101 S. Redland Rd. in Florida City, provides medical, diagnostic and education services for adults, children and teens in a caring and compassionate environment. The clinic provides free medical services to uninsured persons who are low income regardless of race, occupation, national origin or immigrant’s status.

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