Oak Street Health celebrated its one-year anniversary in Philadelphia and Montgomery County with a free event at Cheltenham Mall on Saturday.

“If you’re going to be in the community you have to serve the community,” said WDAS-FM radio host Patty Jackson, who served as hostess for the event’s Small Business Marketplace and Resource Fair. “This is a wonderful thing.”

Also present were company representatives from Home Depot, who gave out shower heads. Home Depot was one of 48 vendors scheduled to be at the fair.

Other vendors included LA Fitness, Caregivers of America, TD Bank, PECO, Temple Dental School and the Philadelphia Vision Center.

Oak Street Health operates primary care clinics and health care centers across the country, including nine in the Philadelphia area, and provides health care facilities for Medicare-eligible beneficiaries.

A senior from the area known as Ms. Mattie said becoming a patient of Oak Street Health is one of the best decisions she’s made and she loves her doctor.

“I transferred to Oak Street Health and brought about 10 of my friends with me,” she said. “They said I’m the best thing that’s happened to them.”

Oak Street representatives were also on hand to welcome attendees of the event.

“It was our patients who were really excited about Oak Street Health being here for a year and they wanted to do something big,” said Amyn Andharia, Oak Street Health Division president for Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Food trucks lined the street, ranging from African-American caterers such as Flat Belly to salmon rolls with chicken salad from Catered by Ro.

Once the resource fair ended the concert began. It was hosted by Philadelphia comedian Tu Rae with live performances from Arpeggio Jazz Band, American Idol contestant Jah Mez, Smitty in the City, Brothers In Trust, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes as the headliner.

Contact Johann Calhoun at newseditor@phillytrib.com or call at (215) 893-5739

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