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Yale, community health nonprofits to open primary care center

BY Natalie Missakian

12/1/2017

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Yale New Haven Hospital is partnering with two local city community health providers
Yale New Haven Hospital is partnering with two of New Haven's longtime nonprofit community health providers to open a new primary care center at a Long Wharf medical building.

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and Fair Haven Community Health Care will manage the new facility at 150 Sargent Drive, while the hospital will provide $15 million for a state-of-the-art renovation, officials announced this week.

The new center is expected to open in early 2019, pending regulatory approvals and will be staffed with medical professionals from all three providers, Hill Health CEO Michael Taylor said Thursday in a phone interview.

Hill Health, which runs health centers in New Haven and surrounding communities, will oversee adult care, including women's care, while Fair Haven, which operates school-based and neighborhood clinics in New Haven and East Haven, will manage pediatrics, Taylor said.

"We're all really excited about this partnership," said Taylor. "We are very confident that it will benefit the New Haven community and the people we serve."

The collaboration comes in response to challenges facing the healthcare industry in the wake of federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and "unprecedented uncertainty" surrounding state policies, officials with the three organizations said.

Taylor said pooling resources and expertise will allow the three healthcare providers to increase access and provide higher-quality care at a reduced cost.

"In this environment, the need for creativity and collaboration is paramount," said Fair Haven Community Health CEO Suzanne Lagarde. "We need to find innovative ways to ensure we provide exceptional care to the patients we serve."

The new facility will operate in addition to Hill Health and Fair Haven's existing clinics, but Yale will be relocating its primary care centers on Howard Avenue. and Chapel Street and consolidating them at the Sargent Drive location. The building currently houses Yale-affiliated medical practices and a radiology center, which will be relocated, Taylor said.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com