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By Richard Asinof
By Richard Asinof
WARWICK – A new partnership to train new physicians in the patient-centered medical home model as part of a collaborative initiative between Kent Hospital and Thundermist Health Center will be officially announced on June 11, according to Care New England officials.
The initiative will involve training physicians at the Thundermist Health Center facility in West Warwick.
“This innovative collaboration creates an opportunity, for the first time in Rhode Island, for new physicians to be trained on the patient-centered medical home model in a community health center setting,” according to the news release.
This is the second collaboration of its kind that is being pursued by Care New England with community health centers in Rhode Island.
Care New England President and CEO Dennis D. Keefe told Providence Business News in an interview conducted in April that he saw the collaboration between community health centers and hospital systems as a trend that will continue. “The lines of care will converge, they have to,” he said, talking about plans then underway to have medical students rotate through the Thundermist Health Center facility in West Warwick.
Rhode Island’s second largest hospital network is also pursuing a collaborative partnership with Blackstone Valley Community Health Center in Pawtucket to build laboratory and radiology interfaces with the health center’s IT systems.
“Care New England’s pending merger with Memorial Hospital will be key to this strategy in the long run for Pawtucket and Central Falls patients,” said Raymond Lavoie, Blackstone Valley’s executive director. “Dennis Keefe and Care New England definitely see the value of working with primary care providers, and especially community health centers,” Lavoie said.
At the June 11 event, Keefe, Chuck Jones, president and CEO of Thundermist Health Center, and Dr. Joseph Spinale, chief medical officer and director of Medical Education at Kent Hospital, are scheduled to speak.