Medical Service Focused on Underserved Seniors Coming to Detroit

Miami’s ChenMed, a senior-focused primary care practice, has announced it will open six new Detroit centers this year as part of a 26-practice expansion. Exact locations and a more specific timeline for the Detroit locations were not revealed.
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ChenMed, which works to bring care to senior citizens in underserved communities, is opening six Detroit locations. // Stock photo

Miami’s ChenMed, a senior-focused primary care practice, has announced it will open six new Detroit area centers this year as part of a 26-practice expansion. A more specific timeline for the opening of the metro Detroit locations were not revealed.

Addresses for five of the six metro Detroit locations have been announced:

  • 13210 East Jefferson, Detroit
  • 21811 Kelly Road, Eastpointe
  • 20001 West 7 Mile Road, Detroit
  • 1921 East 8 Mile Road, Warren
  • 21816 West 11 Mile Road, Southfield

The company has signed leases for the locations of the first 18 practices, and all 26 are slated to open this year. It is self-funding these initial openings in four states, having achieved 19 percent net member growth in 2020 and 11 percent higher net membership growth during the first quarter of 2021.

The first wave of openings include the ones in Detroit as well as five in Houston and expansions in Florida and Louisiana.

“Our commitment to underserved communities has never been stronger,” says Dr. Christopher Chen, CEO. “We’ll soon be operating nearly 95 primary care centers in 12 states in the neighborhoods where they are most needed. We already are applying so many learnings from the coronavirus pandemic to further sharpen the high-touch primary care we effectively deliver to tens of thousands of low-income seniors with complex health and an average age of 72 years.”

ChenMed works to offer same-day telehealth or in-person appointments when needed, makes its doctors available to text or talk on the phone, and offers services that help reduce barriers to healthy living such as transportation assistance, on-site medications, social services, and weekly calls to patients to check in on them.

“We’re a provider of choice for more than 20 Medicare Advantage health plans precisely because of our practice’s proven ability to pivot whenever needed to improve both quality of care and patient experience,” says Jason Barker, COO. “Our doctors and care teams do whatever it takes to help vulnerable seniors stay healthy and happy.”

ChenMed centers are located in underserved neighborhoods where a lack of access to primary care and other social determinants of health have negatively impacted longevity.

The company operates in 10 states and has 75 centers. It has administered more than 50,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors in neighborhoods with the most need.

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