REGION – In recognition of National Health Center Week 2019, Aug. 4-10, Springfield Medical Care Systems is pleased to participate in the “Rooted in Communities” campaign to raise awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.
SMCS health centers are guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed locally, serving close to 30,000 patients throughout Windham, Windsor, and Bennington counties in Vermont, and portions of Sullivan and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire. SMCS health centers provide primary care, dental, vision, and behavioral health services, including opioid treatment.
Some highlights of the SMCS community health centers work include:
- Reducing overall healthcare costs by partnering with patients in a medical home setting;
- Emphasizing preventive care, healthy lifestyle choices, appropriate health screenings, and vaccinations;
- Serving the healthcare needs of Medicaid beneficiaries;
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
- Treating patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder.
SMCS’ health center staff and our local Community Health Team work with patients and our communities in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, including nutrition, exercise, mental illness, substance use disorder, and transportation. Our new lifestyle medicine program reaches beyond the walls of conventional medicine using evidence-based medicine and lifestyle choices to prevent, treat and, in some cases, reverse chronic diseases.
“We want to recognize the ongoing efforts of our SMCS staff who provide care to patients every day. In addition to being rooted in the community through their role as board members, coaches, etc., staff members play a critical role in the overall health and wellbeing of the communities we serve,” comments Joshua Dufresne, acting chief executive officer for Springfield Medical Care Systems.
“Our ability to care for all, regardless of ability to pay and without discrimination, is possible because of the dedicated staff that makes caring for patients their life’s work. Because of their commitment, SMCS is here, as it has been for more than 105 years, rooted in the community, taking care of patients, and honored to be of service to those who need us,” continued Dufresne.