To be a medical home reflecting the heart of Christ by offering the highest level of health care to those in our community who need it most.
As we read daily of the growing healthcare crisis, Grace Medical Home wants to close the gap between those who enjoy quality medical care and those who do not. Currently, almost one in four in Central Florida lacks health insurance. The visionary leaders of Grace Medical Home sought to fill a void in our local healthcare system and developed a solution to remove the burden from the current healthcare community, including hospitals, ER’s and urgent clinics.
A Medical Home
A medical home is not a building, house or hospital, but rather an approach to providing continuous, comprehensive primary care. Think of a medical home as a hub or home base where a patient’s medical history is known and their medical care is coordinated. Patients have an ongoing and personal relationship with their physician and a place to turn for their healthcare needs.
Grace Medical Home is the mutual dream of multiple dedicated leaders in Central Florida. Its foundation began with the shared belief that as recipients of God’s love and mercy we are called by Jesus to serve our neighbors.
Years ago, two local physicians (both of whom currently serve on the Grace Medical Home Board of Directors) participated in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The mission was to help the Dominicans turn a children’s sick clinic into a comprehensive medical home where, in addition to acute sick visits, there are well care check-ups, health education and adequate medical records. Returning home, they saw the same need to provide high quality and continuous healthcare to the underserved right here in Orlando.
As this idea and vision spread, other healthcare professionals with similar hopes and dreams stepped forward to join the effort. Some were already providing healthcare services for the underserved of Central Florida and were witnessing first-hand the need to help restore the physical health of their patients. They, too, were envisioning a place where their current patients could receive quality health education and continuity of care.
Business and community leaders joined alongside these physicians to access the healthcare needs of Orlando and began to raise funding for operations. Together, relying fully on the perfect plan of Jesus Christ, a team was formed to establish Grace Medical Home.
Grace Medical Home received its 501(c)(3) status in January 2008. The countless hours of dedicated volunteers have brought us to where we are today. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages and stages of life continue to donate their time, talents and treasure to the vision of Grace.