Physical Therapist Kevin Bouchard-Hall, Primary Care Clinics Manager Robin Dunning and Dr. Mary Glickman talk during the Smith House open house July 10.
The Smith House in Willsboro officially celebrated its new partnership with the Elizabethtown Community Hospital during a July 10 open house.
Members of the Smith House staff and board were joined by Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) staff in celebrating the facility becoming the fourth primary care facility under the ECH brand. Other facilities are located in Elizabethtown, Wilmington and Westport.
“It is a huge difference for people who live here to come to the Smith House instead of heading to Elizabethtown,” Jane Hooper, director of community relations for ECH said. “We can offer services here that are supported through the primary care facility. Smith House patients have always been ECH patients and there has always been a relationship there, now it is a more structured one.”
“We will have a five-day-a-week presence all year in Willsboro and we are looking to take on new patients and have more of a pediatric base in the community,” Primary Care Clinics Manager Robin Dunning said. “The Smith House will now be operated the same as all of our other health centers.”
Dunning said the return of physical therapy to the Willsboro community has been a success for the center.
“They used to have physical therapy here and it moved to Essex,” Dunning said. “Once that closed, the community really missed the service and that was something that was always at the top of the list when we asked people what services that wanted.”
“We started physical therapy here again a couple of months ago with two and three days a week,” Hooper said. “Now we are up to offering it five days a week.”
Dunning added that they will also be looking at increasing what they can offer to the community.
“There is room for expansion of services at some point and we will ask to see what the community has interest in,” she said.
Dr. Mary Glickman, who started to work at the Smith House about one year ago, said that she expects the center to continue to grow.
“I really think that it is going to be very busy,” Glickman said. “Since I have been here, I have seen an increase. I would say that the stability and word about what we are doing here is getting out.”
Dunning added that the stability is aided by the connection to the main hospital in Elizabethtown as well as the three other health centers.
“We have the advantage now of having all of the hospitals resources at our disposal,” Dunning said. “All of the health centers and the hospital are linked by telemedicine units so you can be seen at any of the sites and the doctors will have immediate access to your charts.”