Yale health eyes $19.7M primary care move

BY Joe Cooper

Yale New Haven Health, with help from a new consortium, is proposing to spend $19.7 million to move three primary care clinics to another Elm City location, according to a filing with the state Office of Health Care Access.

In an application, YNHH says it would transition its primary care services for adult medicine, women's health and pediatrics to Yale's Long Wharf Medical Center at 150 Sargent Dr. in New Haven.

Under the proposal, the clinic would be managed by YNHH in collaboration with Fair Haven Community Health Clinic Inc. and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corp, which are both federally qualified health centers. The consortium would be known as New Haven Primary Care Consortium (NHPCC).

The proposal calls for terminating its three primary care facilities at 20 York and 1450 Chapel streets in New Haven and 2080 Whitney Ave. in Hamden.

The project would require $13.5 million for construction and renovation and $4.7 million for an electronic health record implementation plan. Equipment would cost an additional $1.5 million, according to the filing.

YNHH officials said the consortium would help improve its primary care services by combining resources to care for underserved patients in the Greater New Haven area.

"NHPCC will serve as a forum to pool collective resources and expertise, share best practices, and collectively reduce the total cost of care through enhanced access, patient engagement, education, and resource optimization," the application says.

YNHH currently serves more than 25,000 patients from the Greater New Haven region in its primary care centers.