Rural Health Network of Oswego County partners recognized for work

As part of the celebration of National Rural Health Day, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health recognized two partners of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County for their accomplishment and several of its members for their outstanding work.

Northern Oswego County Health Services was recognized for its effort to integrate two primary care practices of Oswego County’s largest human services organization, Oswego County Opportunities, and three primary care practices of the Oswego County’s sole hospital, Oswego Health.

The three partnered on an initiative labeled “Preserving the Oswego County Primary Care Safety Net,” to respond to the closing of a major insurance company sponsored practice in Central Square and the financial viability of the five combined practices of Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Health.

Designed to restore primary care services to the Central Square area and to operate the five services under Northern Oswego County Health Services scope provided the five services with greater financial security and stability and would prove pivotal to maintaining the primary care safety net in Oswego County.

The state funding Northern Oswego County Health Services was able to procure made it possible to retain the entire provider complement previously employed among the practices and significantly increase access by recruiting an additional eight primary providers to the practice in 2013.

In recognition of their accomplishments the collaborative of Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc, Oswego Health and Oswego County Opportunities Rural Health Network of Oswego County was honored with the Outstanding Rural Health Program award.

“We are humbled to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” said Danielle Wert, coordinator of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County.  “The establishment of the “Preserving the Oswego County Primary Care Safety Net, initiative and the combined efforts to make it a success is remarkable.  They truly earned this worthy recognition.”

Wert also said in addition to receiving the Outstanding Rural Health Program Award, several of its member providers were also honored for their work.

Ellen Holst, senior director of Health & Nutrition at OCO; Jeff Coakley, vice president for Strategic Services at OH; and Dan Dey, chief executive officer of Northern Oswego County Health Services were recognized at the New York State Association for Rural Health’s annual luncheon as Outstanding Rural Health Care Workers.

“We are fortunate to have a very robust Rural Health Network in Oswego County.  We have 24 active Network member organizations, representing virtually every aspect of healthcare, that are committed to improving the delivery of and access to quality and affordable health care in Oswego County and contiguous areas,” said Wert.

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