Expanding Access to Primary Care

June 21, 2015

Bassett Healthcare Network opened the doors Monday, June 15 on a spacious, bright and modern new health center in the Town of Madison. The Hamilton-Madison Health Center on Rt. 12B next to the Price Chopper plaza replaces Bassett’s previous health center on Broad Street in the village of Hamilton and significantly increases access to primary care in the region. Dental care offered at the Broad Street location also moved to the new facility.

Bassett’s Hamilton-Madison Health Center is one of over two dozen community-based health centers that are part of the network’s services – all of which will play a critical role as health systems transition from a fee-for-service delivery system to a population-based health system in which there is emphasis on preventive and coordinated care in the primary care setting.

President and CEO Dr. Vance Brown noted when Bassett broke ground for the new clinic last fall that, “Good primary care is the cornerstone of the health system of the future. The concept of caring for populations of people rather than individually treating patients as they come to us means we must reach people where they are, in the communities where they live. Bassett is well poised for this work.”

Dr. Ellen Larson, the health center’s medical director, has been with the practice for 13 years and notes that at 18,000 square feet of space, the clinic is triple the size of the former facility and has double the number of exam rooms. X-rays can also be performed on-site. In addition, Bassett’s mobile mammography coach will be scheduled for regular visits to the health center, all of which will be an enormous benefit and convenience to patients. Just as important is the integration of preventive dental care. Bassett has two doctors of dental medicine and two dental hygienists available to patients as well.

Larson noted that the health center is connected to Bassett’s network-wide electronic medical record. In addition, a new dental electronic health record is being piloted at the Hamilton-Madison Health Center as part of a larger effort to implement a dental EHR across the Bassett network.

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