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Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

When the facility opens, BVCHC will have 10 times more space, offer a wider range of services and hire many more medical professionals that will dramatically improve the community’s access to affordable and accessible healthcare.

“With convenient access and comprehensive, professional, and culturally sensitive services, we’re hoping to become an essential partner in good health to a new generation of residents of this city,” says BVCHC Executive Director Ray Lavoie. The nonprofit currently cares for approximately 40 percent of city's population at three sites. Their goal is to add 10,000 new patients and serve 90 percent of the resident of Central Falls.

We awarded $300,000 in grants to hire community health care workers, provide an emergency medical technician and add IT improvements that will make patient histories available on-line to doctors and nurses. That support goes to the heart of our commitment to helping Rhode Islanders lead healthy lives. Good primary care produces better outcomes in terms of patient health and resources and there’s no better place to provide it than in the heart of the community.

BVCHC will hire approximately 75 new medical and service staff. The Neighborhood Health Station will offer walk-in primary care, physical and occupational therapy, mental health services, radiology, OB/GYN services, a pharmacy and a dental clinic underwritten by Delta Dental of RI.

“We seek partners who share our commitment to eliminating barriers to good oral health care and who also understand the importance of identifying the most at-risk patients to achieve better overall health outcomes. We are excited to work with BVCHC and support this new dental clinic for the residents of Central Falls,” says Delta Dental’s Kerrie Bennett.

The Neighborhood Health Station will offer same-day sick appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and open on weekend in order to enable individuals and families to access health and medical services close to home, at times when it is most convenient for them.

“Because this coalition of caring, dedicated professionals are listening to the community, responding to their needs and working together, we’re creating a culture of health in Central Falls -- one that can actually measurably improve the public’s health,” says Dr. Pablo Rodriquez, who will provide OB/GYN services.
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