WellOne Celebrates Pascoag Medical Facility Expansion

November 9th, 2011

On Monday, October 31st, over 100 federal, state, and local officials, community members, board members, directors and staff gathered to celebrate the expansion of WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care’s Pascoag medical practice at 36 Bridge Way. Those in attendance included Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, State Senator Paul Fogarty, State Representatives Cale Keable and Michael Chippendale, Burrillville town council members Nancy Binns, Wally Lees, Margaret Dudley, and Edward Blanchard as well as Town Planner Tom Kravitz, and Town Clerk and former WellOne Board Member, Louise Phaneuf.

The 2,700 square foot building addition and facility modernization project created four additional exam rooms, a modernized patient check-in/checkout area, and additional staff and storage space in the medical facility as well as the addition of an elevator to create handicap access to the existing second level of the dental facility.

(Peter J. Bancroft, WellOne President and CEO addresses the crowd while speakers Burrillville Town Council President, Nancy Binns; Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts; June Rockwell Levy Foundation Trustee, Jerry Leveille; USDA Rural Development Director, Joanne Demars; June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Ray Menard; and WellOne CMO, Andrea Marcotte look on.)

“In these difficult economic times, the demand for high-quality, locally available and affordable health care services only continues to increase”, stated WellOne President and CEO, Peter J. Bancroft. “We are pleased, as a result of this facility renovation and expansion initiative, to have a state-of-the-art facility, which is fully accessible, patient- and staff-friendly and which incorporates the latest technology available in our industry including electronic health records, thus more strongly positioning WellOne to meet the health care needs of area residents, including the citizens of Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield and Smithfield.”

(Lt. Governor Roberts congratulates WellOne on medical building expansion)

“I am pleased to congratulate WellOne on the expansion of their Medical Building,” said keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. “In addition to greatly increasing the capacity to benefit the area’s most deserving residents, the expansion is also a testament to WellOne’s commitment to building community in Burrillville,” said Roberts.

In her speech, Burrillville Town Council President, Nancy Binns, thanked WellOne for the services that it has provided to area residents for over 100 years and for its role in assisting the town with the revitalization of the Pascoag Village district, referring to the non-profit as the “cornerstone” of the local community.

(June Rockwell Levy Foundation trustees and Burrillville residents, Raymond Menard and Jerry Leveille present Christopher F. Koller with the 2011 award)

As part of the ceremony, Christopher F. Koller, Rhode Island’s Health Insurance Commissioner, was named the recipient of the 2011 June Rockwell Levy Public Health Service award. The award is presented to an individual or individuals who either through a specific action during a subject year or through a culmination of efforts over a number of years via legislative action, policy development, advocacy, direct patient care, leadership or other means has had a demonstrable positive impact on advancing the cause of public health in Rhode Island.

(Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Burrillville Town Council President Nancy Binns, WellOne CIO Deirdre Denning Norton, WellOne CFO Diane Hopper, and WellOne CMO Andrea Marcotte watch as WellOne’s Roberta Pennington cuts the ribbon.)

The facility renovation and expansion initiative was funded in part by a 2010 federal earmark secured by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) federal stimulus monies, and support from the USDA-Rural Development in the forms of a low-interest direct loan and a loan-guarantee.

Although unable to attend in person, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation expressed their congratulations and support.

Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, forwarded the following statement: “The doctors, nurse practitioners, and staff at WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care do a great job helping everyone who comes through their doors get the care and medication they need at low-cost. I am pleased to have secured $200,000 in federal funding to help expand their facilities and support job growth here in Rhode Island.”

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a certificate of recognition with the comment, “Community health centers continue to lead in reforming health care delivery for Rhode Islanders. The expansion of the WellOne facility will improve access to high quality, comprehensive care for their patients.”

State Representative Cale Keable presented a citation to WellOne on Congressman David Cicilline’s behalf.

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