Plattsburgh Health Care Expansion To Help Medicaid, Medicare Recipients

PLATTSBURGH, NY - The University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is partnering with Hudson Headwaters to bring primary care services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients in the Plattsburgh area. 

“We have a relatively high population of folks who are supported by that health care insurance,” said Chris Booth, Associate Vice President of Patient Care Operations at the UVM Health Network CVPH.

He says it’s hard to find primary care doctors for patients in the area.

"We have for my entire tenure here at CVPH, which is 10 years, have always been challenged by the number of primary care providers in this area. It's been a challenge to attract and keep primary care providers here,” said Booth.

For the past year, he’s been working on providing more primary care doctors by expanding the existing CVPH ambulatory center on Plaza Boulevard in Plattsburgh.

The project was approved by the Plattsburgh town planning board Tuesday.

The expansion would be a Federally Qualified Health Care Center.

“A federally qualified health care center is a health care center that focuses on primary care on those who really have limited access to it,” said Booth. “Those are our Medicare and Medicaid recipients."

The hospital is partnering with Hudson Headwaters, a health network.

"There's efficiency in numbers and economies of scale that come into play with an entity like Hudson Headwaters that are very difficult to duplicate in a single provider setting,” said Booth.

The $7.2 million project is being paid for, in part, with funding from an $18.3 million award for University of Vermont Health Network initiatives by the state of New York last year.

Seven primary care providers will be on site with some behavioral health services embedded, too.

"The new expansion is also going to make that corridor much more beautiful in the area,” said Michael Cashman, Plattsburgh town supervisor.

Cashman says the new facility would help the North Country’s aging population.

“Folks can go simply floor to floor depending on what kind of services that they need rather than hopscotching around the region,” said Cashman.
Chris Booth, with CVPH, says now that the plan has been approved by the town planning board, it will then go into the permitting process.

If all goes as planned, the hope is to have construction begin by early summer.
 


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