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File #: 200692    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/3/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/10/2020
Title: Also naming the 1800 block of Wharton street "Walter P. Lomax, Jr., M.D., Way" to recognize, honor, and celebrate Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr. for his leadership, dedication, philanthropy, and support of Black Philadelphians.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20069200, 2. Signature20069200
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Also naming the 1800 block of Wharton street "Walter P. Lomax, Jr., M.D., Way" to recognize, honor, and celebrate Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr. for his leadership, dedication, philanthropy, and support of Black Philadelphians.

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WHEREAS, Born in South Philadelphia in 1932, Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr., exhibited academic excellence from a young age. He graduated from LaSalle University and Drexel School of Medicine (then Hahnemann Medical College) before beginning a solo medical practice in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood where he had grown up. He practiced at that site for 32 consecutive years; and

WHEREAS, Over the years, he grew his practice into a multi-site group practice consisting of 22 physicians. He was affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Graduate Hospital and also served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine; and

WHEREAS, In 1982, Dr. Lomax established Lomax Health Systems, Inc., a management company concentrating exclusively on healthcare. In 1984, LHS won a medical services contract to recruit physicians and physician assistants to supplement the City of Philadelphia's staff in the prison system. In 1990, Correctional Healthcare Solutions, Inc., was incorporated to specialize in the management and delivery of health services to correctional facilities. CHS emerged as a major participant in this industry, offering quality care while containing costs. When it was sold in October 2000, CHS was providing health care in 60 correctional facilities in 16 states; and

WHEREAS, In 1989, LHS joined forces with a firm in Virginia to form Healthcare Management Alternatives, Inc. HMA successfully won a Pennsylvania Department of Welfare contract (HealthPASS) to provide health care to Medicaid recipients in South and West Philadelphia. From HMA's success in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, HMO licenses were issued in each of those states. In 1995, AmeriChoice was formed as a holding company for the three...

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