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NHHS Opens Innovative New Clinic

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Author: Northwest Rural Health Network NRHN NHHS Opens Innovative New Clinic

On August 12, 2016, Newport Hospital and Health Services (NHHS) cut the ribbon on the new Newport Health Center, a facility that is as innovative in design as it is beautiful in construction. The new primary care center has allowed NHHS to consolidate services delivered by Family Medicine Newport and Family Health Center as well as providing increased capacity for more primary care providers.

The almost 18,000 square foot building has 31 exam rooms and two procedure rooms along with a community health education classroom and dedicated space for Pend Oreille County Counseling Services to serve patients during primary care visits. Four of the exam rooms are specifically designed for pediatric care, with colorful artwork and comfortable furnishings.

All of the exam rooms are located around a central core where clinic staff for all providers are co-located with patient care coordinators. NHHS has embraced both integrated primary care team and care coordination models and believes that close proximity in the clinic will promote communication and cohesion across the entire patient care team, resulting in integrated, coordinated patient care and better health outcomes.

The thoughtful design of the Newport Health Center reflects the NHHS commitment to patient-centered care. They received Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance in 2015.  To be PCMH certified, clinics must demonstrate they are providing consistent, evidence-based patient-centered care using processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. The new Newport Health Center will help NHHS strengthen and expand its use of this model.

For more information on the Newport Health Center and the NHHS PCMH program, contact Christina Wagar, Director of Primary Care and Ancillary Services at 509-447-2441.