LEOMINSTER — UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital celebrated the opening of a new Multi-Disciplinary Clinic on the Leominster Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 20.
The clinic was designed to bring specific specialties to the Northern Worcester County region and allow local patients to access specialty care closer to home.
“During the hospital’s most recent community health needs assessment, transportation was identified as a significant barrier to care,” said Steve Roach, president of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. “The opening of this new clinic directly addresses barriers to accessing quality healthcare for many current and future patients that live in this region.”
Specialties all located under one roof include cardiology, diabetes, endocrinology, infectious disease, neurosurgery, oncology, rheumatology, spine/anesthesiology, and thoracic surgery.
“Patients from the North Central region that need access to specialty (care) have previously had to travel to Worcester and beyond to access care,” Roach said. “By investing over $3.6 million in an underutilized area of the hospital, UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital was able to construct a state-of-the-art facility that allows specialists, many of whom are Worcester-based, to provide those critical services locally.”
Roach said the new clinic was purposely located on the Leominster Campus “in order to leverage the federal 340B drug savings program to allow us to better serve vulnerable residents living in our local region by expanding access to world-class, chronic disease management services.”
He said the UMass Diabetes Center for Excellence has expanded to the Multi-Disciplinary Center and “under the auspices” of the UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial the center “partners with multiple clinical and research teams to provide the best potential treatment(s) for people living with diabetes while also providing the best personalized care to help with all aspects of diabetes management.”
Endocrinologists Asem Ali and Prateek Shukla along with nurse practitioners Clare Foley, Brenden Howarth and Susan Kim “are now able to provide their expert diabetes services and care to current and future patients in North Worcester County,” Roach said.
They had to limit the ribbon-cutting event and facility tour to immediate staff and leadership, including UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Congratulations to everyone responsible for the opening of the new Multi-Disciplinary Clinic designed to provide chronic disease management services close to where the people in this community live,” Dickson said. “The success of this effort depends on the commitment of our highly skilled specialists, many of which are Worcester-based, to come to the Leominster Campus to care for the people of this community. This kind of integrated care is the future of UMass Memorial Health and today marks an important first step for replicating this care model across our system.”
Roach said patients are already using the clinic.
“We look forward to showcasing this state-of-the-art space to the public in the future,” he said.