Coastal Medical Access Project to Join Health System

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Oct. 24, 2011 – Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) announced today that they will become part of Southeast Georgia Health System. CMAP, which was founded in 2002, provides health care for uninsured and underinsured adults in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties. Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., a strategic affiliate of the Health System will assume operating all of CMAP’s facilities.

According to Brian Parks, chairman of the CMAP Board, the current economic climate has led to decreased donations to CMAP which resulted in the organization not being able to accept new patients. The integration of CMAP into the Health System will provide uninsured and underinsured residents in our communities the security of health care services, including dental and vision.

“The Health System has been a major supporter of CMAP since its inception by providing funding of more than $1,840,000 to date, as well as a building, equipment, and furnishings. They also currently provide CMAP with the services of a family nurse practitioner. Financial assistance through the Health System provides clinical testing, radiology services and surgery for our patients at a fraction of the cost or in some cases at no cost,” Parks says. “CMAP becoming a part of the Health System family will give clients greater access to health care resources and allow for expanded services hours to better meet the high demand for care.”

“The Health System has always provided health care services for all people, regardless of their ability to pay—we provided $35,600,000 million in charity care and $42,100,000 in bad debt in fiscal year 2011 alone,” says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “Welcoming CMAP to the Health System family fits perfectly with our mission, vision and values, and enables us to improve access to health care for everyone in our community. CMAP has done a wonderful job of meeting this ever-growing need and has been essential to improving the quality of life for those who find themselves without insurance. Their services have helped to alleviate overcrowding in our Emergency Care Centers and local physician’s offices. We look forward to continuing the CMAP mission and to further expand our quality health care, close to home.”