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ArchWell Health facility has offerings across the board

By Jane Bartnett

The class paid close attention as the instructor spoke about the lifesaving importance of CPR. The students taking part in a free seminar were members and guests of the new ArchWell Health facility in the Beneva Village Shoppes mall on Clark Road. The spacious, brightly colored and welcoming facility, that once housed a Walgreens, opened in November.

A national healthcare firm based in Nashville, ArchWell Health was founded in 2020. It has experienced rapid growth in the past four years and now manages 51 clinics in nine states including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  The Clark Road location is the largest of the 10 facilities found on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Currently, the company’s only Florida locations are on the west coast although news reports state that Jacksonville is being considered.

To join ArchWell Health, seniors must be 60 years and older. They must also be enrolled in select in-network Medicare Advantage Plans. Accepted plans include Aetna, United Healthcare, Humana and Devoted Health Plans. Traditional Medicare and Medicare insurance plans are not applicable.

Helping seniors to live a healthy and happy life is a key element of ArchWell Health’s mission. Functioning as a primary care health center, the message is that here, all your health care needs are met, under one roof.

Staffed by a team of trained health care providers, the ArchWell Health medical team includes two physicians, one nurse practitioner and a clinical medical team trained to care for older adults with age related health issues.

ArchWell Health’s ValYou Care is the basis of the company’s senior primary care program.

“Appointments can be arranged within one to two weeks,” said Paige Wesley, ArchWell Health community relations specialist.

The goal, the company reports, is to maintain a senior’s good health. Physicians spend more time with each member than traditional medical groups generally allow. Appointments average 40 minutes. This extended meeting period is intended to allow time for the physician to discuss the person’s health and well-being. The member’s primary care physician also manages chronic health conditions and provides positive care.

Preventive health screenings provided by an ArchWell Health primary physician are recommended to detect issues before they worsen and to improve the individual’s quality of life. When needed, medical referrals are made to ArchWell Health preferred providers. 

According to the company’s website, ArchWell Health members enjoy additional advantages not found at traditional medical practices. Members can reach a professional on the care team by phone or text anytime of the day or night. Guaranteed same day sick care appointments are another benefit.

“We pride ourselves on ensuring that our members do not have to visit an emergency room or urgent care center,” said Wesley.  

The company also partners with Ride Health to provide transportation to a medical appointment for those in need.

Routine laboratory work is also done on site. The clinic is fully equipped to provide blood, urine and stool tests ordered by a doctor. In the event of an emergency condition, there are triage rooms. 

Members are encouraged to receive routine vaccinations against flu, COVID-19, shingles, and other diseases at the clinic. For those seniors who are facing challenging situations in their lives, appointments with an ArchWell Health social worker can be arranged.

For cardiac patients, preventive telehealth health screening appointments with cardiologists are available to better manage cardiac conditions. Electrocardiograms are performed on site.

Upcoming events 

In the coming months, Wesley is working to arrange additional guest speakers for members to enjoy. Several topics she hopes to address include sleep and art. “We’ve had an art therapy class and movie days that were very well received. We even partnered with our neighboring business Cat Depot for a cat adoption day,” she said.

Nutrition and healthy eating are additional categories on which Wesley is focusing, and she hopes to feature visits from local chefs. “We like to partner with local businesses,” she said.

“Fitness classes are also popular,” Wesley added.  “We’ve had chair yoga and Pilates sessions and a personal safety workshop called Damsels & Defense that focused on situational awareness.”

To celebrate the Fourth of July, an indoor picnic is planned for ArchWell Health members, friends and family.

“Social events and weekly activities are important for seniors’ health and well-being,” Wesley said.

To learn about upcoming open house events at the local ArchWell Health clinic, stop in at 3506 Clark Rd., call (941) 297-2126 or visit ArchWellhealth.com.

Jane Bartnett
Author: Jane Bartnett

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