When your name is a misnomer because you actually service more than it says, what do you do?
Change your name.
Trenton Medical Center, with offices and affiliates in 17 sites in seven counties, did just that. In the weeks ahead, the name Palms Medical Group will edge out the old name–but DeWayne Yates,ee^CEO of the group, assured Williston Rotarians Tuesday that nothing else is changing.
The medical center is one of 1200 federally qualified health centers in the United States, Yates said. That means it receives federal funds and operates as a non-profit. No one is denied service due to an inability to pay. Most people, especially the uninsured, pay for services based on a sliding scale.
Trenton Medical Center began as a Trenton Rotary project in 1971, Yates said, and in 2008 had more than 39,000 users at its various locations.
The concept behind the center, and now Palms Medical Group, is to focus on wellness rather than what happens later.
“It is our goal,”ee^he said, “to keep people healthy and out of the hospital.”