HEALTH CENTER SEEKS TO EXPAND ITS ‘STRAFFORDCARE PROGRAM’

March 23, 2010 — Dover, NH – Avis Goodwin Community Health Center (AGCHC) is aiming to grow its StraffordCare Program by significantly expanding the list of healthcare specialists willing to make contributions of care for Strafford County residents in need. StraffordCare connects uninsured patients in Strafford County to a network of specialty doctors willing to offer services at discounted rates.

“In this time of high unemployment and economic downturn, the demand for affordable, quality healthcare services is skyrocketing,” says Erin Ross, AGCHC’s Service Expansion Director. “We are off to a great start in developing a network of area Specialists who are willing to offer their services at reduced rates but we need to significantly increase both the breadth and depth of specialty services available to meet these needs.”

StraffordCare participants work with a care coordinator who connects them to needed services such as ophthalmology, chiropractor care, gastroenterology, holistic services, etc. It is a highly flexible and customizable program. Doctors and Specialists determine the resources they have available and they individually set the number of patients and percentage of rate reductions that their practices can afford.

Ross also points out, “Getting more and more specialty healthcare practices involved allows us to connect uninsured patients with much needed services. Additional services help stabilize Strafford County’s healthcare safety net and results in more area healthcare practices sharing in AGCHC’s vision that everyone deserves quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay.”

Current StraffordCare Providers include:

DC Chiropractic – Durham NH
Dr. William Ready – Chiropractor in Dover NH
Gastroenterology, PA – Somersworth NH
Jordan Family Eye Care – Rochester NH
Dr. John Dinella – Podiatrist in Rochester NH
Jane Kavanaugh – Life Coach in Dover NH
Marilynn Carter – Master Reiki Professional in Dover NH
Rennie Evans – Massage Therapist in Strafford NH
Roxanne Roy – Massage Therapist in Dover NH
Pamella Sollenberger – Certified Grief Counselor in Exeter NH
Back To Roots, Chiropractic and Nutrition- Rochester, NH

To qualify for StraffordCare, patients must live in Strafford County, NH, be under the age of 64, be below 250% of poverty, and have an established primary care physician. If patients do not have a primary care practitioner, a new patient appointment will be scheduled for them. Patients must not be eligible for existing services such as NH Medicaid or Medicare. StraffordCare does not replace existing programs in the community, it compliments those programs.

If you are a local practitioner who would like to learn more about StraffordCare and how you can become involved, please contact Care Coordinator- Jessica Garlough at 516-2551 or e-mail jgarlough@agchc.org.

AGCHC is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, regardless of the ability to pay. To learn more about AGCHC, visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org

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