Iora Primary Care
The Centre on Hugh Howell got some new life last month as Iora Primary Care opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by Hallmark. The shopping center’s newest tenant has been working hard to answer one common question: “What is Iora Primary Care?”
“Iora is a primary care doctor’s office for adults on Medicare,” explains Megan Prock McGrath, Iora’s Director of Public Relations and Communications. “Each patient gets a team to keep the patients healthy. You’ll have a physician or a nurse practitioner, a health coach…these people don’t get paid for services, they get paid to keep people healthy.”
Iora started eight years ago in Boston with the goal of putting patients at the center of the health care system. The model took off and has spread across the country, with three Georgia locations ready to open this fall, the first being Tucker.
“When you invest in relationships with people, you can help them to get healthier,” Prock McGrath says, adding that Tucker clients won’t feel like they’re in a doctor’s office, but will experience everything from puzzles to yoga and even cooking classes.
Iora held a formal ribbon cutting at the Tucker location on October 25. They’re hoping to make an important impact on their new neighbors.
“Ideally, success would look like having an engaged patient population that is healthier,” Prock McGrath says. “Our patients are healthy, happy and we’re having a long-term impact on their lives.”
Iora Primary Care is located at 4420 Hugh Howell Road. You can find them online at ioraprimarycare/tucker.
Rev. Troy Bush
“October was Pastor Appreciation Month and I appreciate my Pastor, Troy Bush, for all the things he does for Rehoboth Baptist Church and its members.
“He cares for the hurting, the sick, the bereaved and for those just down and out. He performs funerals, visits the sick and the widowed and treats each one as Christ would have treated them. In the recent rezoning hearings in Tucker, he was always kind and considerate to those who opposed the rezoning and he encouraged others to act the same way.
“But for all of that, I am nominating him for Citizen of the Month because of his great concern for the people in Tucker. Friday is his day off, yet each Friday morning finds him at Tucker High School helping with breakfast for the football players. He has headed up an initiative at Rehoboth to reach out to young boys most at risk for becoming gang members and to make sure they have a place to hangout outside of that sphere of influence. He has encouraged a group from Rehoboth to partner with Brockett Elementary School to do tutoring with second grade children who are reading behind grade level. Some other programs he has encouraged or been a part of can’t be mentioned because of their sensitive nature, but they reach out to some of the most vulnerable among us.
“Pastor Bush truly is our Citizen of the Month and I hope he will be chosen as Tucker’s Citizen of the Month.”
Nomination by Brenda Wise