Community Health of South Florida Inc. is a non-profit health center with 11 health centers and 35 school-based health centers in Miami Dade Public Schools. It provides primary care, pediatrics, dental, behavioral health, OB/GYN, radiology, vision, pharmacy, laboratory services, urgent care and much more. In 2017, CHI cared for 83,000 unduplicated patients and nearly 60 percent were uninsured.
CHI is a recipient of the Governor’s Sterling Award, it is accredited by the Joint Commission and is also accredited as a Level 3 patient centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (the highest level attainable). CHI is also only the second federally qualified health center in the nation to be designated as a behavioral health medical home. In addition, CHI is home to the Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center, training the next generation of doctors in family medicine, psychiatry and OB/GYN.
CHI's mission is to deliver safe, accessible, compassionate and culturally competent quality health care services to the people of South Florida while training the next generation of health care professionals.
Listen to Melody's brave story. She has battled mental illness and her family has struggled to find a nearby Children's Crisis Center when they needed it most. Now CHI is planning to build a Children's Crisis Center so that kids like Melody will have a high quality in-patient behavioral health treatment facility in South Miami Dade County. You can be part of the solution!
Listen to the story of a young girl about overcoming her depression thanks to the help of CHI. Mental Health resources are insufficient to address childhood mental illnesses. Help CHI build a Children's Crisis Center so that kids can have a place to go for inpatient intensive behavioral healthcare.
Dr. Elizabeth Philippe cares for a child at the Doris Ison Health Center. Many mothers rely on CHI to balance their lives. CHI is designed as a one stop shop for healthcare where patients can see the pediatrician, the primary care doctor, the dentist, the OB/GYN doctor and the behavioral health expert all in the same place and have multiple appointments in one day.
Dr. Edgard Nunez cares for a patient in the Urgent Care Department. CHI was born out of great need and a mission to ensure everyone has access to high quality healthcare regardless of their insurance status or economic background.
Children's Crisis Center
Lack of access to behavioral health treatment is one of the main reasons some children with mental health issues go without treatment. It is a problem affecting this nation as school shootings and children's suicide rates are on the rise. In South Florida, some families travel more than 100 miles to bring their kids to a Children's Crisis Center. Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is working to change that. CHI is raising money to build a Children's Crisis Center on its main campus at 10300 SW 216 St. Miami FL 33190. Your support is needed to make this project a reality for the Children of Dade and Monroe Counties.
Far too many families in South Florida use the Emergency room as a doctor's office. By then their health concerns have escalated into dangerous conditions. CHI believes everyone should have access to preventative care and its primary care department is a public health safety net. Nearly 60 percent of patients in 2017 were uninsured and offered a sliding fee payment scale based on their income. CHI offers a comprehensive approach to healthcare. Primary Care provider look at the more than just medical issues, they also refer patients to their dental department, OB/GYN, behavioral health care departments for both adults and children and vision services.
Many working families say they’re often in a tough spot when it comes to making dental appointments for themselves and their children. It means missing work and even losing a day’s pay. With that in mind, Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) hopes to ease those concerns by offering extended dental hours, a mobile unit and more. CHI drives its mobile unit into areas that desperately need dental care. Lack of dental care can lead to larger more serious medical issues and also prevent some from landing or keeping a job. Like all of its programs, the dental department accepts uninsured patients and brings a smile to those who need it most.
School based health centers and Pediatrics
School based health centers are more than just a school nurse. They are a comprehensive approach to caring for our students. If children are healthy, they will learn more, stay in school and cut down on absentee rates. It is a holistic concept aimed at educating our students.
In this economy, there are critical gaps in access to health care for many families. With soaring health care costs, school based health centers have become a valuable community resource. Community Health of South Florida’s school based health centers have efficient and cost effective services that bridge the gap, keeping our children strong, healthy and ready to learn. If not for the school based health centers, some students would never see a pediatrician or a dentist. Chronic illnesses would go unchecked. Mental health problems might not be recognized.
Behavioral Health for Adults and Children
Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) knows behavioral health is a delicate issue for all of us. Our behavioral health staff is among the best of the best, backed by intensive training and experience. In addition, we know compassion and understanding are important components to a successful behavioral health treatment. It is an integrated approach that combines behavioral health and medical services to work hand in hand for the patient’s benefit. There are a number of different experts that make up the CHI Behavioral Health Service Team including:
Psychiatrists, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Registered Nurses and Peer Specialists. The department offers a number of mental health servicers including: outpatient therapy for adults and children, a specialized therapeutic foster care program for kids with severe behavioral health issues, case management, psycho-social rehabilitation, and an in patient 24 hour crisis stabilization unit for adults.
1st Vice Chair
Luis M. Torrens
2nd Vice Chair
Carlo Saint Cyr
Nicolas V. Alvarado
Jackson South Hospital
Cesar V. Caiocedo
Brodes H. Hartley Jr.
Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President
Dr. Saint Anthony Amofah
Chief Medical Officer/Senior VP/DIO
Chief Nursing Officer
VP for Behavioral Health
VP for Communications
Chief of Staff
VP of Finance
Dr. Sheri Watson-Hamilton DMD
Director of Dental Services
Human Resources Director
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.