CHP Lee Family Practice Receives $1M Expansion Grant

Posted: May 24, 2016

Investment Supports Lee Family Practice Drive Toward Team-based Primary Care

A $1 million federal grant will fund an expansion and reconfiguration of Community Health Programs Lee Family Practice, which has far surpassed growth expectations in recent years. Once complete,  CHP Lee Family Practice will accommodate a 30 percent increase in medical care capacity and a 22 percent increase in behavioral health counseling visits

The expansion will also enhance internal initiatives to expand team-based health care and to better integrate behavioral health services into primary care.

The grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, will pay a number of work-flow improvements, including for creation team work spaces where physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants can meet to collaborate about patients’ care.

“This project represents a culture shift in the role of the primary care provider,” said Lia Spiliotes, interim CEO of CHP. “Traditionally, providers have functioned as a set of independent decision-makers with a team to carry out instructions. In the team-based model, primary care providers act as team leaders for care providers who care for particular groups of patients.”

Since Lee Family Practice was merged with CHP in 2012, the practice has grown from 2,716 patients to 3,729 in 2015. When the facility was built in 2003, the practice had projected growth of about 5 percent per year; from 2011-2013, overall growth was 30 percent. The number of CHP patients over 65 grew by 25 percent. In addition, there is a growing demand for mental health counseling services in the area, and CHP collaborates with The Brien Center for on-site counseling in Lee.

The project will go out to bid this summer and completion is expected in 2017.

 

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