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It’s not just for employees!

All participants of the PBC FF’s Employee Benefits Fund are eligible to use the EAP network of over 20 local providers.  Wide variety of counseling services are available, and the best part…………

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Call Ellen Flaum, Administrator of the EAP @ 561-968-1505 to get started today.


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Monday December 24th 2018

Tuesday December 25th 2018

Tuesday January 1st 2019

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New weight loss benefit coming soon: Introducing Real Appeal

We all want to live a healthy life. Though each of us may have different goals, taking simple steps in the right direction leads to positive life changes and helps us to achieve these goals. That’s why in January we will begin offering a convenient online program called Real Appeal®, available to you and your eligible family members at no additional cost.*

Real Appeal is a fun and engaging plan that helps you learn simple everyday steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle. When you enroll, you receive:

  • A Transformation Coach who leads weekly online group sessions.
  • Online tools to help you track your food, activity and weight loss progress.
  • A Success Kit with food and weight scales, recipes, workout DVDs and more - shipped to your door.

Look out for more information about the program and how to enroll coming in January.

* Real Appeal is available at no additional cost to employees with our UMR medical plan and their covered spouses and dependents age 18 or older, with a BMI of 23 and higher, subject to eligibility. 


Clinic Update

The usage of the Health & Wellness Center continues to grow in popularity.  Visit counts are now averaging just around 96 visits per day, with some weeks averaging over 100 visits per day.  In addition to seeing more patients we are seeing cases with higher acuity, and/or cases where we are doing more in house.  It is not uncommon to have one or more patients receiving IV fluids, with or without antibiotics, at the same time. This means that in addition to seeing more patients on a daily basis our average visit length is longer.

2019 will see a slight increase in staff both on the floor and behind the scenes as we look to keep the patient flow moving along.  One of the detrimental effects to the clinic becoming busier is the effect on wait times.  Without a doubt mornings are by far the busiest time of the day, urgent care visits, physicals and fasting lab draws are all vying for space.  Naturally if you’re miserable we want you to come in, but if your urgent care issue is not emergent and you can wait until the afternoon hours, you might find your visit less hectic and your waits shorter.

One of the ways you can be most helpful is to properly plan and make an appointment for your annual physical.  The more stringent your scheduling requests are the sooner you should work on scheduling your annual physical, for example if you only want to see Brad, or you can only do the morning after your shift then the further out you should be working on making your appointment.  The WORST thing you can do is walk-in during the last week of your birthday month without an appointment.

Another area that has seen tremendous growth for the clinic has been with our pediatric population.  Dr. Desai and now with Dr. Prose’s assistance is seeing an ever growing population of newborns.  We are excited that this portion of our offerings has grown so rapidly, and now with someone here specializing in pediatric services pretty much whenever the clinic is open we expect that growth to continue.

All in all exit surveys completed by patients continue to give the overall operation along with the staff high marks, and for that we thank you.  We will continue to plan for future growth and expansion, whether onsite or with outlying satellite facilities.  And, as always we thank you for your patronage and your patience.


Calling all Newborns………

And all pediatric patients.  We are very excited about our pediatric program established by Dr. Dhrupa Desai; it has been widely accepted and supported by all of our new and experienced parents.  Our program is a first of its kind, of all the concierge practices out there none focus on our younger populations like we do. Personalized care with longer patient/provider interaction time, we will provide personal quality care for your child from the day they are born, starting with the very first visit the day after you leave the hospital. We will provide for all of your child’s well visit needs including tracking growth and all the recommended vaccines right here in the comfort of your own private facility.

If you haven’t tried us for your child’s health care needs please make an appointment with Dr Desai to see what we can do for you and your child. Be sure to bring your child with you as there is nothing more important than both the parents and the children being comfortable with their health care provider.  If you are planning on starting a family or just have a new bundle of joy on the way, again, come meet with Dr. Desai and learn how your little ones can experience the world of concierge health care.

What's New at Benefits Fund
2019 Open Enrollment
FIREFIGHTERS BENEFITS FUND OPEN ENROLLMENT For coverage beginning January 1, 2019     MEDICAL & DENTAL INSURANCES WHEN:  NOVEMBER 1, 2018 - NOVEMBER 30, 2018    All employees of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue are eligible to participate in the Palm Beach County Firefighters Employee Benefits Plan. Read More...
History of Employer Contributions
History of Employer Contributions Several facts of life exist in the insurance industry and certainly our Fund is no exception.  Medical trend, the cost of providing/receiving medical care rises much quicker than any other inflationary indicator. The annual average medical trend for our insurance Fund over the last 14 years was 9.64%. Read More...
Financial Update of the Fund
Financial Update As we approach the halfway mark for the year the Fund is on track to perform as projected.  If everything stays on course we can expect to add slightly to our growing reserves.  Reserves are used to smooth out the rough times when claims spike in order to keep premiums and benefits steady. Read More...
Annual Board of Trustees Workshop
Annual Board of Trustees Workshop Every August the Board of Trustees meets with staff to review the current year’s budget and staff’s proposal for the following year’s budget.  Before the following year’s budget is approved the Board must decide what, if any, changes must be made to the premium structure or the benefits offered. Read More...
Calling all Newborns……… And all pediatric patients.  We are very excited about our pediatric program established by Dr. Dhrupa Desai; it has been widely accepted and supported by all of our new and experienced parents.  Our program is a first of its kind, of all the concierge practices out there none focus on our younger populations like we do. Read More...


If you are currently expecting a new baby in your life don’t forget about the Benefits Fund Cord Blood harvesting and cryogenic storage program.  For only $100 out of your pocket you can protect your newborn from numerous health issue’s.  The Fund will pick up the balance of the cost for harvesting the stem cells and storing them for 18 years…….. It’s well worth the small investment on your part.

Call the Fund office to get a brochure and contact information for the Stem Cell Cryobank  located at the Bethesda Health City on Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach.

We will also cover your future storage fees if you had your child's cord blood stored with another vendor prior to the Fund implementing the program in January 2011, call the Fund office for more details.


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