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Medical Care with Nurse Practitioner Now Available at JFS Delray Center

Furthering wellness through greater accessibility to health care, the comprehensive offerings of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) have now expanded to include medical care through a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Through a pilot grant from Hands on Tzedakah (HOT), Devin Neddo, ARNP, FNP-BC, has begun to provide care at the Delray Center as well as at the Volen Center in east Boca Raton. Neddo is an employee of Genesis Health, also a partner in the project.

“With transportation a significant barrier, many people just do not get the proper medical attention they need to prevent illness and live healthy, fulfilling lives,” said Risa Demato, Delray Center Site Director. “Therefore, JFS is committed to bringing accessible health care to them at a place they already frequent for many other types of help, including social services and mental health care, as well as educational and social programming.”

“JFS and the Volen Center approached HOT to provide a six-month pilot grant so that could begin helping people while collecting the data to document the need for these types of services South Palm Beach County,” added Danielle Hartman, JFS President & CEO. “Once again, HOT had the insight and generosity to enable us to meet a critical need in the community.

“We recognize the critical benefits of providing access to behavioral health and medical services in the same venue,” said Ron Gallatin, HOT Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to provide the seed money so that the proper data can be gathered to show potential grantmakers an effective way to meet the community’s needs.“

“JFS and the Volen Center are now working on applications with other granting agencies toward sustaining and further developing this important service model,” added Hartman. “This is also an important new opportunity for JFS to partner with Florida Atlantic College of Nursing as an internship placement site.”

Neddo will provide wellness checks of vision, hearing, BMI, height, weight and blood pressure; home assessments for safety; one-on-one consultations, patient advocacy with doctors; staff consultation; workshops and discussion forums; medication management related to education; and medical reviews.

He is also beginning two 4-week educational groups, free of charge at the Delray Center. Held on Thursdays from October 18 through November 8, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, the groups are limited to only ten Delray Center members, and JFS clients or volunteers. Devon will be providing similar programming at the Volen Center which converted one of their rooms to provide a clinic-type setting for even more advanced care.

“I am excited to be partnering with JFS and the Volen Center,” said Neddo, who holds a Masters Degree from University of Florida in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. “I look forward to making a difference in the health and well-being of many people at both locations.”

The Weisman Delray Community Center is located at 7091 West Atlantic, Delray Beach. Appointments may be made with the ARNP for one-on-one consultations or to be part of his “Your Health Care” educational groups, by calling 561-558-2100 or at the Delray Center.

Since 1979, JFS has been providing help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services to people of all ages and beliefs. To learn more, visit www.ruthralesjfs.org.

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