Primary, Specialty & Dental Care in One Location

June 15, 2015

cuttingPatients and community residents, who watched with much anticipation over the past year as Bassett’s new Hamilton-Madison Health Center was constructed, were invited to a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday, Sept. 30, to get a tour of the facility and speak with providers and staff. The health center is located next to the Price Chopper plaza on NYS Rt. 12B just north of the village of Hamilton and brings together under one roof Bassett’s primary, specialty and dental care services for the surrounding region.

Primary care opened in the new building earlier this year and Bassett’s specialty services will move from their current location on Eaton St. in Hamilton to the new health center on Rt. 12B later this month. The specialties offered include plastic surgery, vascular surgery, urology, diabetic and nutritional consults, psychiatry, x-ray, ultrasound, obstetrics and gynecology.

The health center’s medical director, Dr. Ellen Larson, noted in her remarks to the crowd that, “It’s been quite an exciting year watching this new health center go up. It is more than three times the size of our previous health center, which has given us room to expand our family practice and dental services as well as combine primary and specialty care into one location-- making care more convenient for our patients.”

Bassett Healthcare Network Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Steven Heneghan noted that the Hamilton-Madison facility is one of over two dozen community-based health centers in the network – all of which will play a critical role in the new health care environment where the emphasis is on preventive care in the primary care setting.

“Never has preventive care, the management of chronic conditions, care coordination and care across the continuum been more important than it is now,” noted Heneghan, who is a general surgeon by training. “Good primary care is essential to improving health and the quality of life for the population we serve.”

Heneghan observed that one of the most important tools Bassett is using to advance patient health is the electronic medical record. All Bassett facilities are connected to the same electronic medical record system so that providers have access to real time and complete information on their patient – that means clinicians seeing patients at any of Bassett’s hospitals or health centers in the network all have access to the most up-to-date medical information.

The Hamilton-Madison health center’s dental care providers are utilizing an electronic dental record as well as digital dental radiography, a first for the clinic that will improve the patient experience through quicker and more accurate diagnosis utilizing less radiation. Bassett was also able to increase access to dental care with the construction of the new health center; there are two full-time dentists and two full-time hygienists on staff.

Larson, who has been with the practice for 14 years, said, “This truly is a family-centered practice. The building itself was designed to support the patient-centered medical home concept of care. As you walk through the clinic, you can see that it is divided into distinct team-based environments with care teams assigned to a specific area. This allows patients to see the same team of providers at every visit, which enhances care collaboration and coordination.”

The Hamilton-Madison Health Center sees patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Call 1-800-227-7388 for an appointment. Bassett participates in several insurance plans, including some Medicaid managed care plans. Patients should verify coverage through their insurance carrier.

Photo Caption: (l. to r.) Bassett officials cut the ribbon on the new Hamilton-Madison Health Center. Dr. Steven Heneghan, chief clinical officer; Dr. David Haswell, regional medical director; Jane Mulligan, health center manager; Dr. Ellen Larson, medical director Hamilton-Madison Health Center; Ken Brinck, administrative director regional operations; Frank Panzarella, VP Bassett Medical Group.

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