Hundreds More At-Risk Seniors Receiving Hurricane Care Pack Deliveries from Chen Senior Medical Center

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Vital Community Service Sprint Before Irma Hits Florida

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We’re accelerating the pace of remaining Hurricane Care Pack deliveries to seniors with significant nutritional support needs already confirmed by Meals on Wheels.

Hurricane Irma, a record-breaking storm barreling through the Caribbean, already is forcing evacuation orders in multiple Florida communities. This morning, Governor Rick Scott again encouraged residents to be prepared, and to stay aware of requests being made by government officials working to save lives.

Recognizing the extra challenges many seniors ages 65 and older can face in preparing for catastrophic weather events, Chen Senior Medical Center helped sponsor the 2017 Meals on Wheels South Florida Hurricane Care Packs initiative that’s already provided thousands of at-risk seniors with five days of non-perishable, shelf-stable and nutritious food they could consume following a weather disaster, like Irma, that could interrupt normal food sources.

Volunteers from Chen Senior Medical Center are working diligently to complete the remainder of some 450 priority home deliveries of Hurricane Care Packs to seniors on the waiting list for weekly Meals on Wheels food service and the community service goal remains finishing these priority distributions before the arrival of hurricane Irma. Chen employees already hand-delivered 400 Hurricane Care Packs to seniors served by the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

“We’re accelerating the pace of remaining Hurricane Care Pack deliveries to seniors with significant nutritional support needs already confirmed by Meals on Wheels,” said Maina Gatonye, MD, Chief Medical Officer – North Market for Chen Senior Medical Center.

“The smiles and joyful words that welcome our employees delivering Hurricane Care Packs,” Gatonye added, “are reminders of why our medical practice honors seniors by providing affordable VIP health care that delivers better health. We are grateful to be helping Meals on Wheels reduce some of the stress seniors without local networks of family members and friends must be feeling before the arrival of hurricane Irma.”

Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida, noted “It’s vital that Floridians rally in support of neighbors – particularly the frail and elderly -- as we all work to weather much anticipated wind and water challenges being brought by Hurricane Irma. We are grateful for Chen Senior Medical Centers’ commitment to helping Meals on Wheels keep expanding much needed meal services to seniors in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, and we sincerely hope others will similarly support our lifesaving mission: To end hunger across all ages with kindness, dignity and compassion.”

About Meals on Wheels South Florida 
Meals on Wheels South Florida serves over 10,000 clients throughout South Florida annually. Funded through the State of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, with funds made available by the Federal Older American’s Act, Fair Share dollars and Private Donations, Meals on Wheels South Florida annually provides over 1.2 million meals; conducts 2,400 in home assessments; supports hundreds of client companion pets; and collaborates with government agencies and other nonprofits to deliver its mission.

About Chen Senior Medical Center 
Chen Senior Medical Center is a family-owned primary and specialty care practice committed to delivering superior health outcomes to Medicare-eligible seniors. Part of the ChenMed family of companies that’s transforming healthcare for the neediest populations, Chen Senior Medical Center offers best-in-class care for seniors benefiting from Medicare and Medicare Advantage supplemental insurance. Its 12 locations (Aventura, County Line, Hallandale Beach, Hialeah, Lauderhill, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, North Lauderdale, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Pembroke Pines and West Kendall) are well known for quality of care, patient experience, and affordability.

About ChenMed 
For seniors most in need of care, high-quality health care is too often beyond reach. ChenMed was founded to bring concierge-style medicine – and better health outcomes – to the neediest populations. ChenMed serves seniors with low-to-moderate incomes, most managing multiple chronic conditions, 10 U.S. markets in six states through more than 40 senior medical centers.

ChenMed’s goal is to improve health outcomes and create value for patients, physicians, and the health care system. To do that, ChenMed relies on innovative technology and a talented and resourceful team of providers. Founded by Dr. James Chen, a Taiwanese immigrant and cancer survivor, the company provides unrivaled care to seniors – particularly those enrolled in a broad range of Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.

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