PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Lighthouse Health Plan held a ribbon cutting Tuesday at its building on East Gregory Street in Pensacola. The location will serve as the company’s headquarters to help Medicaid patients.
“We’ll be helping them get transportation..helping them get to the doctor’s offices..helping them get whatever they need basically so they can stay healthy and be fulfilled members of society,” said Chief Executive Officer Christie Spencer.
Lighthouse is described as a community-based health insurance plan created and run by doctors. It will serve patients in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“We serve a lot of areas that are rural areas that are very rural. So we’ve got ideas and are working with physicians to be able to bring healthcare to people who sometimes maybe didn’t have that access”, said Alicia Skokrood, Chief Compliance Officer.
Employees see the company as a win for the area’s healthcare and the economy.
“It’s a new employer based here in Pensacola. So you’re looking at about 100 professional level jobs and a new office location and obviously we’ll get out in the community and bring more money hopefully to Pensacola as well as take care of patients who need it”, said Chief Medical Officer, Dan Sontheimer.
Lighthouse is opening its doors to patients on February 1st.