Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. celebrated the upgraded facilities among its newly consolidated primary care network.
The celebration centered on a ribbon cutting ceremony at its newly constructed and relocated Fulton Health Center at 510 S. Fourth St., Fulton.
The event included local health care, government and community representatives who toured the new facility.
Comments at the event were offered by Timothy McClusky, Esq., board president of NOCHSI, Assemblyman Will Barclay, and Holly Carpenter representing State Senator Patty Ritchie.
The event was timed to coincide with National Health Center Week in recognition of NOCHSI and other Federally Qualified Health Centers across the nation.
According to Daniel Dey, CEO of NOCHSI, the event “represents the result of nearly four years of collaborative effort of the leadership of NOCHSI, Oswego Hospital and Oswego County Opportunities to stabilize the Oswego County primary health care system by consolidating the several practices of OH and OCO under the operations of NOCHSI.”
NOCHSI is the operator of the Pulaski Health Center and School-Based Health Centers in the APW, Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts.
Added to NOCHSI from OH are the Mexico, Parish and Phoenix health centers and the Fulton and Oswego Health centers from OCO.
In his remarks, Dey outlined the funding support of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Health Foundation and federal Health Resources and Services Administration in making the collaboration successful.
NYSDOH funds through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers allowed facility renovations and IT upgrades among the consolidated practices; NYSHF funding supported planning and contracting costs; and HRSA funding provided ongoing funding for operations.
Dey recognized State Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Barclay for their funding support efforts and for facilitating discussions and accelerating regulatory approvals.
According to Patrick Carguello, DO, NOCHSI’s Chief Medical Officer, “The consolidation will improve access to high quality primary care services in a more cost effective manner. Since the consolidation on January 1, 2013 NOCHSI has recruited nine additional primary care physicians and nurse practitioners to serve area families.”
For additional information on the services provided through NOCHSI contact 298-6564 or visit www.pulaskihealthcenter.org.