Berkshire Pediatrics joins CHP

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Pediatrics Associates of Pittsfield has joined the Community Health Programs network, the latest private medical practice to merge with the federally qualified health center organization.

The merger, which officially occurred Aug. 1, adds 12,000 new patients and 33 new employees to the CHP system. CHP will provide administrative resources and other efficiencies to the pediatric practice.

CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, as the practice is now known, will remain at its current location at 777 North St.

"We are so pleased to welcome this well-respected pediatric team into the CHP family," said CHP CEO Lia Spiliotes in a statement. "Not only will we be able to support the BPA practice, but this alliance dramatically improves the CHP scope of care we offer in Pittsfield."

Since late 2015, several private medical practices have moved under the CHP administrative umbrella, substantially expanding CHP's impact on patient care and employment in the Berkshires. CHP now has primary care and dental practice sites in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams, as well as its family services program in Great Barrington.

MORE DIVERSITY

In Pittsfield, CHP operates the Neighborhood Health Center, an adult primary care practice, and the Neighborhood Dental Center, which provides dental care for both adults and children.

"In -addition, this practice will bring more diverse revenue sources from patients with traditional insurance," Spiliotes said, referring to BPA. "This revenue helps us remain true to our promise of providing health care to all, regardless of insurance status."

The challenges that are currently facing the health care system made the merger feasible from BPA's point of view,

"The health challenges our patients face, along with prevention and treatment, and the finances behind this work have become increasingly complex," said BPA' s Senior Physician, Gary Shalan, in a statement. "We are excited to be joining a large, established organization with greater resources and a broader professional networking platform.

"We can sustain and even improve our efforts to provide the highest quality of care to patients and their families — without regard to insurance coverage or ability to pay," he said.

BPA also includes doctors Jacqueline Jones, Eimear O'Loughlin, and Betsy Valade, and pediatric nurse practitioners Kelsey Holland and Brenda Landes.



In Pittsfield, CHP operates the Neighborhood Health Center, an adult primary care practice, and Neighborhood Dental Center, which provides dental care for adults and children.




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