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TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2013) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today
announced that the WellCare Community Foundation has donated $25,000 to help the
Judeo Christian Health Clinic in its efforts to provide free, quality, timely
and compassionate health care to medically indigent residents in the Tampa Bay
The largest and most comprehensive free clinic in the southeastern United
States, the Judeo Christian Health Clinic operates a medical clinic, dental
clinic and eye clinic, as well as a fully-stocked, state-licensed pharmacy.
Primary and specialty care services are offered including, asthma and allergy,
cardiology, dermatology, gynecology, otolaryngology and a pediatric clinic that
offers specialized care to children up to 16 years of age. Patients who cannot
be treated at the clinics are referred to cooperating doctors who will see them
no fee in their private practices.
"We are committed to building partnerships that serve our communities' most
vulnerable citizens," said Alec Cunningham, CEO of WellCare. "WellCare is proud
to support the Judeo Christian Health Clinic in its mission to serve those who
earn too little to afford health insurance or care, but who otherwise don't
qualify for government assistance."
"It is through the generosity of our volunteers and donors that are we able to
continue serving the community," said Kelly Bell, executive director of the
Judeo Christian Health Clinic. "WellCare's support helps us relieve needless
physical and emotional suffering by offering medical care to thousands of hard-
working Tampa Bay area residents who don't make enough to pay for health care."
The clinic has an ongoing need for primary and specialty health care providers.
Health care professionals who would like to volunteer their services are
encouraged to visit www.judeochristianhealthclinic.org and fill out the
volunteer application form, or contact the executive director at 813-870-0395
ext. 22. Tax-deductible donations to help with the cost of providing care and
medication can be made from the website or by mail to the Judeo Christian Health
Clinic, 4118 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33607.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to
government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for
families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled, as well as prescription
drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.6 million members nationwide as
of Sept. 30, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the
company's website at www.wellcare.com.
About the WellCare Community Foundation
The WellCare Community Foundation was established in 2010 and is a non-profit,
private foundation. Its mission is to foster and promote the health, well-being
and quality of life for the poor, distressed and other medically underserved
populations - including, those who are elderly, young and indigent - and the
communities in which they live. The WellCare Community Foundation carries out
this mission by supporting work that helps people live healthy, safe and
productive lives, and by assisting groups with serious and neglected health
needs. Underscoring this mission is the WellCare Community Foundation's goal to
serve as a national resource that fosters an environment where there is a
continuum of education, access and quality health care, all of which improve the
overall health, well-being and quality of life of targeted beneficiaries.
About the Judeo Christian Health Clinic
Founded in 1972, the Judeo Christian Health Clinic began in a Sunday school
classroom at St. John Presbyterian Church. As the clinic grew, other churches,
synagogues and civic organizations joined in support. A truly ecumenical Board
of Directors representing Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths direct clinic
policy and an executive director coordinates the operation of the clinic. The
clinic has grown from providing services in a Sunday school room to a 7,000
square-foot, state-of-the art facility with 13 medical exam rooms, 4 dental exam
chairs, an eye glass dispensary and a fully stocked state-licensed pharmacy.
Hundreds of health care providers and other compassionate persons donate and
volunteer their time to staff the various clinics, serving more than 35,000
patient visits in 2012. The clinic has served the Tampa Bay community for 41
years and does not accept government or United Way funds, relying on private
donors, fundraisers and grant writing to meet its annual operating budget each
year. More information can be found on the clinic's website at
Judeo Christian Health Clinic
813-870-0395 ext. 22
WellCare Donates $25,000 to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic:
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