Seniors impressed by JenCare Medical's service, facility
Jennifer Ffrench-Parker | 9/27/2013, 6 a.m.
DECATUR DeKalb seniors who have been starved for a medical practice focused on them gave the thumbs-up to the new JenCare Neighborhood Medical Center that opened on Candler Road on Sept. 5.
After touring the 12,000-square-foot facility in the Candler Plaza in Decatur during grand opening festivities on Sept. 26, many of the seniors said the services described to them were just what they have been looking for.
Imogene Archer of Clarkston said she has been without a primary care doctor since her last one told her three years ago that she had too many problems for her.
“We were having a hard time getting my blood pressure medicine right and she didn’t want to deal with it,” said Archer, who suffers from hypertension and other issues. “It blew me away. It was hurtful.”
Archer, 70, was full of questions during the tour she took with her husband, Harvey, a retired truck driver.
She liked that the center has a range of specialists and services under one roof.
“They will deal only with seniors,” she said. “I like that they understand that seniors have issues as they age.”
The Archers were among hundreds of seniors who toured the facility that caters to low- to moderate-income adults on Medicare. It is the first JenCare center to open in DeKalb County and the fourth to open in Georgia this summer. There are also centers in West End, East Point and North Druid Hills.
DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson helped cut the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony and said he was impressed with the facility’s offerings.
“This is community-oriented primary care,” said Johnson, whose District 3 includes Candler Road where the center is located. “Alternative medicine is here and jobs.”
Johnson said JenCare Medical, which renovated a vacant space in the shopping center and repaved the parking lot, is helping to boost the corridor’s economic development.
“They have created jobs in our community,” he said. “We have people who live in our community working there.”
Members of JenCare Medical get medical, dental and specialist treatment under one roof and transportation to and from appointments if they live within six miles of the center. The center also has a pharmacy, X-rays, and a lab on-site, and it offers tai chi and acupuncture.
Many of the seniors who toured the facility said they liked the attractive office, the electronic member cards and the convenience of having a center close by.
Josephine Brown, who lives on McAfee Road, said she could walk to the center in Candler Plaza.
“I go to Grady now,” she said. “They tell me here that I can see the doctor within 15 minutes. I have to wait longer at Grady.”
Brown, 73, also liked that the center has everything under one roof.
“They have X-rays, eye doctor and any type of doctor that I would need,” she said. “I don’t have to go across town for any tests. I like that.”
Joseph Denton, who lives in Eastwyck Village, said after his tour he was ready to sign up.
“I want to start coming here,” he said. “I think it’s wonderful.”
Monica Darbeau from Decatur said she was very happy with what she saw.
“They are bringing some very good service to the county,” she said. “I saw some very good improvements for the county.”
Darbeau, 75, said seniors need good care and the center has everything.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” she said. “They even have exercise class.”
JenCare Neighborhood Medical Center is at 2124 Candler Road. For more information, call 404-406-7389.