EBCAP Celebrates Opening of New Family Health Care Center
On Monday, January 28, more than 120 people, including a number of elected officials and dignitaries, gathered at the brand-new East Bay Family Health Care center in Newport at 6 John H. Chafee Boulevard to celebrate its opening. What began in 2010 as a vision to expand access to high-quality health care for individuals and families – regardless of their income status or ability to pay – is now a reality. The facility is operated by East Bay Community Action Program.
East Bay Community Action Program now provides vital health care services to more people than just four years ago, and anticipates additional growth in the number of people seeking care due to the Affordable Care Act. As a result, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation secured $3 million in federal funding; part of the $1.5 billion Health Care Reform appropriation, to build the center and ensure the organization’s ability to meet the additional demand.
“Today is an important milestone in the history of East Bay Community Action Program and underscores our commitment to supporting the needs of the community,” said Dennis Roy, CEO of EBCAP. “In addition to anticipating a 100 percent increase in the number of patients served over the next four years, we’ve also better integrated the wide-range of human service programs we offer under one roof that meet the entire needs of the individual.”
At over 11,000 square-feet, the new East Bay Family Health Care center features quadruple the space and double the number of exam rooms compared to EBCAP’s previous facility, located at 19 Broadway. It operates under the increasingly popular patient-centered model of care, putting each patient at the center of a care team led by a Board certified physician who provides individualized care throughout that person’s life, from infancy to the senior years, to support the best health outcomes possible.
The facility also takes advantage of strong existing relationships and a referral network in partnership with Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Newport Hospital, and the Rhode Island Health Center Association.
“This new building is a great example of the future of health care in our country and in understanding the importance that all Rhode Islanders need access to high-quality care,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline. “Health insurance is a right, not a privilege, and I’m proud to be part of a delegation that is dedicated to ensuring facilities like this exist across our great state.”
Among the many expanded capabilities the new center will feature are additional supports for the growing population of patients with chronic health issues such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. The new facility also incorporates WIC, social services advocacy and support, behavioral health services, referrals for specialty care, and an on-site lab.
“Today’s event celebrates what can be accomplished when you have a true partnership among all levels of government and service providers working towards a common goal,” said Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed. “This state-of-the-art health facility will better serve the residents of Newport County and the East Bay; becoming the medical hub of our city’s North End to ensure everyone has access to comprehensive care.”
Representing cutting-edge technology, the new East Bay Family Health Care center utilizes Electronic Health Records (EHR) and an integrated medical records management system that supports better delivery and management of each patient’s care and unique needs. The use of EHR also supports the efficient exchange of information among care providers, real-time alerts, timelier test review, and a patient portal that makes it easier for patients to manage their care and make appointments.
“Our ability to see more patients while offering an open-access model of care means it will be easier for patients to make same-day appointments for urgent and routine care,” continued Roy. “Not only will this make the community healthier, it will also help mitigate the use and higher costs associated with Emergency Room use for primary and non-emergency care.”
Dennis Roy, on behalf of East Bay Community Action Program’s staff and Board of Directors, also recognized Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, and Christie Hager, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their support and attendance at the event.
The new East Bay Family Health Care center was made possible thanks to the generosity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bank Newport, Champlin Foundations, Prince Charitable Trusts, Rhode Island Foundation, the Herbert E. and Daisy A. Stride Memorial Foundation, and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. The project’s architect was Northeast Collaborative Architects. Contractors Network, Inc. served as the general contractor with DiPrete Engineering responsible for the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work.
The new East Bay Family Health Care center accepts most forms of insurance and can also help those who are uninsured. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. For more information, please call (401) 848-2160 or visit www.ebcap.org.