Just in time for Earth Day 2015, the Borland-Groover Clinic announces that they now offer free electric car “fill-ups” at their office near I-95 and J Turner Butler Boulevard. The office at 4800 Belfort Road has installed four EVlink charging stations that are available seven days per week. This free service is for patients, staff, neighbors or anyone who comes by.
The Borland-Groover Clinic specializes in caring for gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The Clinic includes more than 50 Board-certified physicians and more than 600 employees in Central and Northeast Florida. Hundreds of patients are seen each week at the Belfort Road site alone.
“It’s about clean air for our community”, said Victoria King, Practice Administrator for the Clinic. “We know that using electricity to power our cars means that less gasoline and diesel is burned. Our building is right next to the freeway and that means close to the air pollution. We want to do our part to keep the air here cleaner for our patients and for our employees.”
The Borland-Groover Clinic is the first health care company in the Northeast Florida region to offer free electric vehicle charging. “We would like to challenge others to step forward to install charging stations for their patients”, says King. “With more convenient charging stations around town, people are going to consider electric when they are ready for their next car.”
Thanks to a grant from the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO), meeting this challenge is now a reality for many local businesses.
The North Florida TPO is providing $300,000 to purchase and install EV charging stations branded as part of the TPO’s ChargeWell network. The first phase of this effort is in partnership with JEA and the two agencies are now seeking local businesses, non-profit agencies and government entities in JEA’s service territory to apply for the award of a publicly accessible electric vehicle charging station to be installed, owned and operated by the applicant on their property. In the future, the TPO will work with other utilities to expand the ChargeWell network and provide electric vehicle drivers more opportunities to charge up in the region.
“Drivers save lives when they choose electricity instead of gasoline or diesel for their cars and trucks,” said Dr. Todd Sack, a 26-year Clinic physician and the one responsible for initiating electric vehicle charging at Borland-Groover. “The fumes from car engines cause heart disease, asthma and cancers in children and adults.”
This is one of many “green” initiatives underway at the Borland-Groover Clinic, including company-wide recycling, “Green Team” meetings at several offices, efforts to save paper and electricity, and brochures with environmental tips for patients offered in some waiting rooms. Their Dillon Office at St Vincent’s Hospital Riverside has received Green Doctor Office Recognition by the Florida Medical Association.
“Each of us tries to do what we can to help the environment and choosing an electric car is something my family felt was important. It is also a really fun car,” said Dr. Jeff Hoffman, the first in his practice group to purchase an electric vehicle. He drives the BMW i3.
To learn more about the ChargeWell network and apply for a free electric vehicle charging station for your business, visit www.chargewell.net and www.jea.com/electricdrive. The application period ends April 30, 2015.