COMING SOON-A NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH STATION IN SCITUATE

June 3rd, 2016

WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care and the Scituate Health Alliance announced plans today to establish a Neighborhood Health Station in Scituate, Rhode Island.

According to its organizers, a Neighborhood Health Station is a new kind of health center – a concept that combines the best primary medical and dental care with the best ways to keep the people who live nearby healthy and to do so in a way that strengthens the community. A Neighborhood Health Station collaborates with an expanded team of health care professionals, a fitness center and other community organizations to ensure that everyone in the community is, and stays healthy. This team may include therapists, community health workers, emergency medical technicians, athletic trainers and nutritionists among others.

Established in 1909, WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care is a non-profit organization that provides primary medical, dental, behavioral health and related patient support services to nearly 15,000 Rhode Islanders at its facilities in Burrillville, Foster and North Kingstown.

“This is an exciting, innovative and ground-breaking initiative,” stated Peter J. Bancroft, President and CEO of WellOne. “We look forward to our collaboration with the Scituate Health Alliance in bringing services to the residents of Scituate.”

Established by a group of engaged, forward-thinking Scituate residents, the Scituate Health Alliance, a non-profit organization, has been exploring ways of providing local, accessible and affordable health care to the residents of Scituate since 2000. Currently, the Alliance’s Health Access Program provides uninsured and underinsured low to moderate income Scituate residents with access to affordable primary medical and dental care. The Alliance also coordinates community flu clinics, programs for new and expectant families, nursing services, and related services through arrangements with local health care providers.

However, “The availability of locally accessible primary care services in Scituate has been declining,” stated John Marchant, President of the Alliance. “As the inventory of practicing primary care providers has declined, the demand for primary care services has increased due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the corresponding increase in patients with insurance coverage. This project will address that shortage.”

The facility, which must be licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health, will be located in the Scituate Village Marketplace on Route 6. Renovations to an existing unit in the plaza are scheduled to commence and the organizers are hoping to open the facility in the fall of this year. Initially, primary medical, dental and behavioral health services will be offered with the expectation that other services will be added in the future. Construction and equipment financing will be provided by Citizens Bank with additional contributions from WellOne. The initiative has received funding for start-up costs from the RIGHA Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation. ###
For more information about The Scituate Health Alliance visit their website at: http://scituatehealthri.org.

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