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New clinic coming to Copperas Cove, health care close to where patients live, work

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February 3, 2011 | News
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Family members of active-duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Hood will soon have more convenient access to healthcare with the spring 2011 opening of the Copperas Cove community-based primary care clinic.

This clinic is the first clinic among three “medical home” clinics opening in local Fort Hood communities. The clinic is also one among 17 medical home clinics the Army is opening near Army installations across the U.S. and Hawaii.

The Copperas Cove Medical Home will be located in the Town Square shopping mall on West Highway 190. The “medical home” concept of providing primary health care is different from the traditional delivery of health care in military clinics.

Colonel (Dr.) Steven E. Braverman, commander of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, explained that the new concept was inspired from the ground up by military patients’ ideas and suggestions about how Army healthcare should be.

“Those ideas and suggestions are embodied in a new model of healthcare being adopted across the military and leading civilian healthcare systems,” Braverman said.

Under the new concept, patients partner with a team of healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive, personal healthcare plan.

“Your team works with you and your family to take care of health issues as they arise,” Braverman said. Part of the plan includes prevention screening and services and management of chronic conditions.

“Make no mistake,” he added, “this is not a shifting of care from the post hospital; the clinic is an expansion of the quality health care families of active-duty Soldiers currently get at other clinics on Fort Hood. We’re just bringing it closer to home and work.”

The clinic will be in leased space and staffed with civilian employees. Patients will still have the option of using Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center for emergency and specialized care.

The clinic is expected to employ six primary care providers and one behavioral health provider, and administer patient-centered care to more than 7,000 active-duty family members. The clinic will have pharmacy and limited laboratory services. Depending on the local demands, the clinic may include some other primary care services.

According to Rick Montelongo, the group practice manager, “Enrollment is currently limited to active-duty family members living in the 76522, 76528, 76530 and 76550 zip codes.”

Montelongo assures Darnall’s patients currently enrolled in clinics on post that they can choose to remain in their current clinic.

“However, if you prefer to change your enrollment to the Copperas Cove Medical Home, you can,” Montelongo said.

He said in the near future patients will get a letter in the mail explaining how to request a change in enrollment to the Copperas Cove Medical Home clinic.

“This initiative improves access to primary care by reducing reliance on emergency rooms at medical treatment or network facilities for routine health care needs,” Braverman said. “These clinics help to validate the Army Surgeon General’s commitment ensuring convenient access to primary care in the community.”
 
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