Cone Health Increases Care for the Uninsured
Cone Health is expanding services to care for people without health insurance. Cone Health has added staff to the Cone Health Urgent Care Center on Church Street to serve more uninsured patients. Cone Health will open a dedicated healthcare facility in February 2014. These steps will provide high-quality healthcare to those previously seen by the HealthServe clinic on Elm/Eugene Street.
“Cone Health is finding ways to provide care for everyone in this community, including those without insurance,” says Cone Health Medical Group Vice President Steve Anderson.“The adult health center will offer healthcare answers for a population needing solutions.”
The temporary adult health center at Cone Health Urgent Care Center will provide care 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Care will be provided there until the adult health center at 201 E. Wendover Ave. opens in February. Those hired for the temporary adult health center will move to the new adult practice when it opens.
“I am very supportive and appreciative of the volunteers in our medical community who support our efforts,” says Anderson. “Their generosity is especially important as we hire full-time providers for the new practice and in providing care to many people who need specialists.”
The adult health center will use a medical home model. Doctors, physician assistants and other members of the center team will coordinate a patient’s care. “This allows better care for people who have chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure,” says Triad HealthCare Network Medical Director Dr. Tom Wall. “This innovative service model, in partnership with area physicians, will elevate care for this important part of our population.”
Cone Health is committed to providing care for those who need it regardless of their ability to pay. In fiscal 2012, Cone Health provided nearly $185 million in uncompensated care to the community.
“Providing healthcare to everyone in our community is more than any one organization can do,” explains Cone Health Executive Vice President for Health Services Tim Clontz. “For example, we are working with Guilford County Transportation and Mobility Services to provide transportation to the adult health center. Together, we can increase access to care and create a healthier Guilford County.”