Coastal Community Health and Southeast Georgia Health System Collaborate To Enhance Access To Healthcare Services For Uninsured Patients

CMAP buildingApril 3, 2019 – Southeast Georgia Health System has always provided health care services for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. As such, in alignment with its mission, in 2011 the Health System assumed responsibility for Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP).

CMAP was originally formed in 1999 by Henri C. Woodman, county commissioner and local philanthropist, when there was no access to health care for patients that were uninsured.

In upcoming months, the Health System will wind down services currently offered at CMAP and transition patients to Coastal Community Health Services, Inc., a federally qualified health center located in Brunswick. Coastal receives federal funding to treat uninsured and underinsured individuals.

“Patients are able to access health care services at Coastal Community Health Services on a sliding fee scale based on their income level,” said Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Essentially, they are filling the need that was the initial vision of CMAP.”

Scherneck added that Coastal will offer patients access to health care resources, including primary care, dental, vision and behavioral health services, and expanded services hours to better meet their needs.

Coastal Community Health Services has offered health care services to uninsured and low income patients in Glynn County for more than five years,” said Barbara Meyers, CEO, Coastal Community Health. “Transitioning CMAP patients to Coastal will reduce duplicate efforts and help to ensure that patients are able to access the services they need. It will also decrease unnecessary emergency room visits for services that we can provide.”

The Health System will work collaboratively with Coastal to transition patients and ensure they continue to receive the referrals they need for specialty practices operated by the Health System.