Backus, Generations team up to bring mobile health center to Colchester
January 7, 2012
Backus Hospital and Generations Family Health Center of Norwich are partnering to bring walk-in primary care services to Colchester and its surrounding communities starting March 1.
Healthcare providers from Generations will be available on the Backus Mobile Health Resource Center in the parking lot of the Cragin Memorial Library at 8 Linwood Ave. in Colchester on the first and third Thursday of each month from 8-11:30 a.m. Available services will include sick visits to routine follow-up care.
Healthcare will be delivered regardless of an individual’s insurance status. Generations providers will see the insured, uninsured or underinsured. Health support staff will be available to assist with insurance applications.
“The Mobile Health Resource Center is part of Backus Hospital’s ongoing commitment to improve the health of the community,” said Shawn Mawhiney, Director of Communications and Community Relations. “By teaming with Generations, we’re helping provide greater accessibility to primary care services in eastern Connecticut.”
Seeking regular primary care can prevent major health issues before people end up in crisis in the emergency department, where care can be costly and at times not as effective, said Mr. Mawhiney.
“Generations Family Health Center strives to improve access to care for all,” said Judi Gaudet, Site Manager of Generations Family Health Center in Norwich. “Through the partnership with Backus and use of the Mobile Health Resource Center, we are afforded the opportunity to bring that care out into the communities. With lack of insurance, lack of transportation and other barriers, this venture will allow underserved populations in
Colchester the opportunity to seek medical attention more easily.”
According to Ms. Gaudet, individuals who visit the health van will receive most of the same care as in the Generations clinic. She added, “When healthcare needs are met,
individuals are able to seek and maintain employment or identify resources to improve quality of life. Good health is a stepping stone to achieving those civil liberties deserved by all.”
For more information, contact Generations at 860-885-1308.