CHP lands $1 million federal grant to expand Lee Family Practice

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This story has been modified to correct the title and surname of CHP interim CEO Lia Spiliotes.

LEE — Community Health Program has won a $1 million federal grant to fund a badly needed expansion and reconfiguration of its Lee Family Practice campus.

The local grant was one of eight awards, totaling nearly $7 million, as part of the federal Health Resources and Service Administration's Infrastructure Investment Program.

The funds will be used for a number of work-flow improvements in the building, including the creation of teamwork spaces where physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and medical assistants can meet to collaborate on an individual patient's case.

The project will go out to bid this summer, and the completion date is sometime in 2017, CHP said.

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

The expansion also will accommodate a rapid expansion of CHP's patient base, according to a statement from the company.

Since Lee Family Practice merged with CHP in 2013, the organization has expanded from 2,716 to 3,719 patients. The number of patients over 65 has grown by 22 percent, and there is growing demand for mental health services, Spilotes said.

Part of that figure is the aging county population, while part is an appreciation of how CHP Lee Family Practice carries out its mission, she said.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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