Wednesday September 9, 2009

Health Provider Alliance Responds to $8.34 Million HEAL Grant

Grant Ensures Access to Primary Care Services

    Northern Oswego County Health Services (NOCHSI), Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and Oswego Health, learned today that they have been collectively awarded a $8.34 million HEAL NY grant to redefine the delivery of healthcare services in Oswego County.

    “We are grateful for this grant, made possible through the support of our local elected representatives, Governor David Paterson and NYS Commissioner of Health Richard Daines, M.D.,” said Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin. “Without this support, it would be difficult if not impossible for members of this collaboration to continue providing affordable primary care in rural Oswego County.”

    All three healthcare providers are working together on an initiative to stabilize and enhance primary care services for the residents of Oswego County, and this grant will help ensure that primary care is available and affordable in our rural county for generations to come. The grant allows Oswego Health to immediately address the healthcare needs of Central Square area residents with a convenient care center. This center will provide walk-in healthcare services for minor injuries and illness such as sprains, strains or deep bruises, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, sore throats, insect bites and rashes.

    “The plan creates a relationship among our primary care locations in Oswego, Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Mexico and Parish that will provide high quality care in a cost-effective manner,” said NOCHSI’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Dey, “additional plans include technology and facility upgrades.”

    The collaboration of providers will leverage its new position to improve reimbursement and maximize efficiencies related to providing preventative and primary care services. The organizations also believe that this comprehensive primary care network will maximize opportunities to recruit new physicians to Oswego County and improve access to quality care.     

    In early 2009, officials from Oswego Health, OCO and NOCHSI met to discuss how the three providers could support quality healthcare services to the residents of Central Square. Through continued evaluation, the provider workgroup began to understand how a collaborative could strengthen Oswego County’s fragile primary care network.