A Miami-based company that operates nearly 100 senior medical centers in 12 states will open a facility on Raeford Road, according to the Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corp.
ChenMed, the largest family-owned and physician-led primary care provider in the nation, will open a center that will serve senior adults on the Medicare Advantage insurance plan, according to a news release.
The city of Fayetteville applied for a $300,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Building Reuse Program to help ChenMed renovate a 9,500-square-foot building at 4101 Raeford Road, the release said.
ChenMed says it plans to invest $1.2 million in the Cape Fear region and create more than 30 full-time jobs.
The company has more than 4,700 employees at facilities in the Southeast and Midwest. ChenMed says it pays above-average wages and is particularly interested in hiring military members who are leaving the services, veterans, and military spouses, according to the release.
Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said the city is committed to ensuring that seniors have access to quality, affordable health care.
“ChenMed’s dedicated medical center will help deliver care to Medicare Advantage members in underserved neighborhoods, improving the health outcomes for our residents,” Colvin said, according to the release. “We welcome ChenMed to Fayetteville and are happy to support them as they renovate a vacant property for the first ChenMed facility in Fayetteville.”
ChenMed said it stands apart from many other medical care providers because of the low number of patients assigned to each physician. Its doctors see their patients at least once a month, which is 10 times the national average, according to the news release.
Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Glenn Adams said ChenMed will serve some of the most vulnerable residents of the community.
“Their primary care physician-to-patient ratio is much lower than the national average, and their focus is on preventative medicine and chronic illness management,” said Adams.
E.W. Tibbs, regional vice president of ChenMed, said the company is pleased to have received the state grant.
“We’ll be able to reach more seniors with more services that will result in better health,” Tibbs said, according to the news release.
ChenMed is planning to open seven additional centers in North Carolina in the cities of Burlington, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, the release said.