Petaluma Health Center gears up for influx of patients [The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.]
|By Martin Espinoza, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.|
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The health center, which last year moved into a new 53,000-square-foot facility on
It's the latest growth spurt for the health center as it prepares for thousands of newly insured patients under
"We're busy, we have a lot of demand. With the Affordable Care Act, we're anticipating quite a bit of growth in the next few years," said Jeanne Zabout, the health center's chief clinical operations officer.
The recent hires have "filled out" medical services currently being provided at the health center, said
Like many health centers in the
With Obama's return to the
Under the Affordable Care Act,
One of the main goals of the new health-care law is to help transform the medical industry from one that simply profits from illness to one that promotes health, prevention and wellness. For example, the new system will reward programs that reduce costly hospital re-admissions.
One of the health center's doctors is Dr.
"They're really on the forefront of health-care reform," Chibras said this week.
Chibras will be working with a team of health-care professionals in one of four medical pods. The teams, which will closely track a patient's medical progress, include a doctor, a nurse, a medical assistant and a referral coordinator.
Their work is supported by a "patient navigator," a type of social worker that does significant community outreach to ensure a patient's needs are met.
"My job is to see a patient who's had a stroke and to prevent a second stroke," Chibras said.
The design and layout of the new facility make it easy for medical staff to communicate with each other and for patients to "flow" from one medical station to the next.
There are two other new doctors at the center. Dr.
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