Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc., has announced the launching of its updated website at www.nochsi.org
The update is the culmination of a nearly two-year effort to successfully integrate NOCHSI’s newly acquired practices.
On January 1, 2013, NOCHSI assumed operation of the Fulton and Oswego Health centers from Oswego County Opportunities and the Mexico, Parish and Phoenix Health centers from Oswego Health.
NOCHSI’s assumption of the five practices was the result of a several years’ initiative among NOCHSI, OCO and OH labeled “Preserving the Primary Care Safety Net in Oswego County.”
The initiative was designed to financially stabilize the practices and increase primary medical care access to Oswego County residents.
The initiative attracted funding from the New York State Health Foundation, New York State Department of Health, and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The funding supported feasibility and legal fees, capital and IT improvements and ongoing operations.
“Remarkably,” according to Daniel Dey, NOCHSI’s CEO, “the priorities of increased access and financial stability intended by the initiative were accomplished much sooner than anticipated.”
Since January 1, 2013, NOCHSI has steadily increased access through the hiring of three physicians, six nurse practitioners, one physician assistant, one dentist, and three behavioral health specialists.
Additionally, patient walk-in hours were expanded at selected locations.
NOCHSI also achieved a modest financial surplus after its first year of operation with the acquired practices.
The updated NOCHSI website reflects the addition of the acquired practices including locations, services provided, hours of operation, and assigned provider staff.
The website independently highlights the entire provider and key management staff and board of directors.
The website is segmented by the variety of services provided, including medical, dental and school-based health centers.
Patient application and disclosure forms are available for access, including for patient registration, sliding fee scale eligibility and medical records release.
The website is easily navigable.
It lists current job openings, latest news and accreditations.
In the future, the website will add a patient portal with interactive features allowing, for example appointment scheduling and secured access to one’s own patient record.
NOCHSI operates health centers in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix and Pulaski, and six school-based health centers located in the APW, Mexico, Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts.
The health centers are family-oriented health care practices that provide Oswego, Northern Onondaga and Southern Jefferson County residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services.
NOCHSI is accredited through The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.
All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients.
Visit www.nochsi.org to obtain contact information for the site nearest you.