Cobleskill Primary Care Opens in New Location

June 1, 2014

After nearly three decades of providing primary care to hundreds of families at the health center on Legion Drive, Bassett Healthcare Network – Cobleskill Primary Care has relocated to a spacious new medical office building adjacent to the Cobleskill Regional Hospital campus.

An open house and ribbon cutting marked the occasion Tuesday evening, June 24. Nearly 300 people from Cobleskill and the surrounding community turned out for the event.

Bassett President and CEO Dr. William F. Streck told the crowd, "The sense of community that is obviously present here is very gratifying. Our Cobleskill primary care practice has been an anchor for health care in this region and is committed to this community and the hospital. And, when Bassett has the privilege of working in a community like Cobleskill, it is a broadening experience. I thank the Cobleskill community for making Bassett better."

Senator James Seward, who attended the center's opening, noted, "The Bassett footprint covers my senatorial district and is very important to our local citizenry and critically important to this region of the state. Dr. Streck and Bassett have been great partners and a pleasure to work with over the years. There was a time when we were at risk of losing our only hospital in Schoharie County and Bassett came to the rescue."

Since 1987, Bassett’s Cobleskill primary care clinic has seen its patient volumes grow from 16,500 visits to over 30,000 today. The new health center is 20,000 square feet, big enough to add four more primary care providers to the 12 currently on staff, which will significantly expand access to care.

“The size and design of the new medical building in Cobleskill will allow us to better serve our existing patients and, just as importantly, open up primary care access to more families,” said the health center’s medical director, Dr. Joseph Sellers. “It’s tremendously gratifying to look back on the history of Bassett’s Cobleskill practice and realize that we have been privileged to be a part of this community for generations and providing a service that is so important to the quality of life in this region.”

Beyond their primary care practice, Sellers noted that the Bassett Cobleskill providers also staff the inpatient units at Cobleskill Regional Hospital and volunteer their time to make a difference in the civic life of the community by serving with numerous community organizations.

“We not only work here, we live here and have become part of the fabric of Cobleskill. We care deeply about our patients and their families, which is why we are excited to be able to offer a sophisticated new facility built with the patient experience at its center.”

The progressive design of the new health center promotes the patient-centered medical home model of care. The space within the health center is divided into four separate care team areas designated red, blue, yellow and green, which also promotes ease of way finding for patients. This team-based approach fosters improved care coordination whereby patients will see their primary care provider or a provider within the same team for all appointments. The care team knows each patient’s health history and enough about the personal or family situation to suggest treatment options that make sense for that individual. Each team has its own nursing, administrative and registration staff to promote consistency across all aspects of care delivery. The health center also includes a conference room for community health education programs.

During the past three decades, Bassett has responded to the needs of the Schoharie County region by adding significant primary care resources. In fact, Bassett has five community-based primary care practices and one school-based health center in the region, which is critically important in this new era of population health management where the emphasis is on preventive and primary care.

Streck noted that the investment to expand and relocate the Cobleskill clinic is a natural progression of Bassett’s services in Schoharie County and will make it easier for those primary care patients to access the laboratory, radiology and specialty care services of Cobleskill Regional Hospital, which is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network.

The Cobleskill primary care practice has been serving the community for over four decades, first as a private practice and then joining Bassett in 1987, the same year Bassett also opened a health center in Sharon Springs. In subsequent years, Bassett added health centers in Schoharie, Delanson and Middleburgh, where there is also a school-based health center. Together, the practices handle nearly 60,000 patient visits annually.

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