New health clinic opens in West Grove

A new, federally-funded clinic serving the poor and uninsured opened in Coconut Grove this week, and a second is scheduled to open in the area in June after a longtime neighborhood health center closed in April.

Community Health of South Florida, Inc., a nonprofit healthcare chain operating seven centers in the state, opened at 3831 Grand Ave. in Miami on Monday, offering family medicine, pediatrics and ob-gyn services. A second clinic at 6350 Sunset Drive is scheduled to open in June.

The clinics opened with the help of federal grants, according to a press release from Community Health, and services for the uninsured will be provided on an income-based sliding scale.

The new centers will fill the void left by the April 5 closing of the nonprofit Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center, which lost federal funding after more than 40 years as a primary healthcare clinic in the West Grove. At one point, the clinic served 300 patients a day, mostly low income and uninsured residents of the neighborhood.