Hudson River HealthCare
Advancing Primary Care
August 2014 – October 2015
Facing unprecedented budget deficits, Suffolk County on Long Island could no longer afford to operate primary care centers in six locations: Brentwood, Patchogue, Shirley, Wyandanch, Riverhead, and Amityville.
Together, these centers serve more than 53,000 mostly low-income patients. The clinics were at high risk of closing and leaving tens of thousands without access to primary care. Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) network with a proven track record in acquiring and successfully transitioning troubled health centers into strong and sustainable FQHCs while simultaneously enhancing the services provided by them.
At the urging of the New York State Department of Health and local county officials, HRHCare sought to undertake a substantial primary care expansion by transitioning the six Suffolk County centers into its FQHC network—an expansion that represents a 50% growth in the number of patients it serves. NYSHealth awarded HRHCare a grant to successfully integrate the new clinics into its organizational structure.