Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center dedicated

May 10, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

The Shands Jacksonville Eastside Family Practice Center was rededicated as the Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center May 10 in honor of the long-time advocate and vice-president for community affairs at the hospital.

The center was among the first primary care sites established under her leadership to serve low-income residents in Jacksonville. Mrs. Means died in January 2011 after a 40-year career in health care.

“Being poor doesn’t mean being of no value,” she said in an interview. “To me, to show these people that they have dignity, respect, self-worth and value is to be able to provide service to them as they need it and where they are.”

Mrs. Means was a past member of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and participated on the original planning team for the Magnolia Project, a federally-funded initiative to address disparities in the city’s infant mortality rate.

The clinic, located at 1155 East 21st Street, provides primary, prenatal and pediatric care to residents on the city’s eastside.

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  1. nancy Jan 10, 2014 7:47 pm

    I am a new (city contract) patient at the Elizabeth Means Health Center and I am very happy with the care I have been receiving thus far. My care provider is (Melissa Senior) she treats me with a genuine caring attitude, shows empathy regarding how I feel and actually listens to my health concerns! Dr. Senior is everything a Dr. should be and more. When I am able to return to work and afford health care coverage I hope to be able to keep Dr. Senior as my primary care doctor still if allowed. This clinic has been a miracle to me during a time of great suffering and I am truly grateful that they are there. What I appreciate most is that the staff has never made me feel like a second class person because of my current financial situation. My hip issue has caused me much pain, stress, sadness and uncertainty in my life right now. This clinic has helped me so much and allowed me to keep my dignity as well, words couldn’t express how important this is while dealing with everything else. This health center is a wonderful, compassionate clinic, especially Dr. Senior. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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