January 17, 2018

Wheeler absorbing St. Francis' Gengras pediatric patients after clinic closes

Behavioral health and primary care provider Wheeler Clinic is absorbing about 2,000 patients from the St. Francis Gengras Pediatric Primary Care practice in Hartford, which closed last week.

Wheeler is providing services to children and youth at its new Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland St., in Hartford, which opened earlier this month.

St. Francis said it closed the outpatient pediatric clinic at 1000 Asylum Ave. because of a shortage in pediatric physicians that made it unable to recruit replacement providers. St. Francis said it worked with its 2,147 pediatric patients affected by the closure to find care with Wheeler and others and arranged the patient transfer long before closing its clinic.

There was no payment or financial transaction involved in the transfer, St. Francis said, adding that it has a history of working with community providers like Wheeler.

The St. Francis practice's three employees were offered the opportunity to apply for their same position with Wheeler.

On-site services at Wheeler's Hartford location include well-child care and immunizations; sick child visits; physical exams, on-site dental care and referrals to specialty services; behavioral health services; and care coordination and care management services.

The Family Health & Wellness Center provides primary care for all ages, including women's healthcare, complementary medicine, behavioral health services, dental care and coordination, treatment for addiction, including medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use, tobacco cessation, outpatient services and recovery supports

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