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AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware Celebrates the Opening of its Community Wellness Center in the Greater Wilmington Area

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, a Medicaid managed care health plan serving Delawareans utilizing Medicaid and long-term services and supports, has opened its new community wellness center in Delaware.

AmeriHealth Caritas celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano, Delaware health care officials, and other business and civic leaders from the Diamond State.

The center, located at Glendale Plaza Shopping Center at 1142 Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40) in Bear, provides local residents with access to important health and wellness educational resources.

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware members are able to obtain information about health benefits, care management services, and assistance with medical appointment scheduling and transportation.

"This new community wellness center embodies our commitment to nurturing healthy citizens and healthier communities," Tufano said.

"We want Delawareans to have access to the support and services they need to achieve their goals for wellness, and in a welcoming environment with people who understand the challenges they face in leading healthier lives."

AmeriHealth Caritas takes a comprehensive, whole-person approach to helping members achieve positive health outcomes.

Some residents, especially those in disadvantaged communities, are often faced with challenges that present barriers to their well-being, such as unemployment, food insecurity, low levels of education, violence and housing instability, he said.

"Our work is centered around a desire to level the playing field when it comes to health care, providing our members with services and resources that not only address their heath, but also the non-medical factors that can adversely affect their lives," Tufano said.

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware Market President Emmilyn Lawson said the new community wellness center will help the organization take a more comprehensive approach in addressing its members' health care needs.

"The center will help us meet members where they are and enhance their engagement with the health care system and their community. We’re looking forward to working together to create healthier neighborhoods throughout Diamond State," Lawson said.

"We are excited about AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware opening a new community wellness center in our state," said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and a board-certified family physician. "As a doctor, I know so much of what my patients need cannot be provided through a prescription. They often need support with housing, employment, nutrition and transportation – the social determinants of health. This community center is an important step forward in treating the whole person and meeting communities where they are."

The center is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritasde.com or call 1-844-623-7090.

About AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware
AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, is one of the Medicaid managed care plans that participate in the Diamond State Health Plan and Diamond State Health Plan-Plus programs. AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware helps Delawareans get proper care and stay well, working with communities in need to achieve positive health outcomes throughout the state. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritasde.com.

About AmeriHealth Caritas
AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5 million Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral health services.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.