At the Northgate II in Camden, Linda Thomas and others celebrate construction of the health clinic…

April 27, 2011

On Tuesday, PICO-affiliate Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers mobilized over 200 residents and supporters to announce the imminent opening of a medical office in one of the most medically-expensive buildings in the city of Camden and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS, joined Senator Robert Menendez,  Rep. Robert Andrews, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, Sen. Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson, and Mayor Dana Redd in celebrating the opening of the new medical office.


The Northgate II apartment tower, subsidized housing for seniors and the disabled, generated millions of dollars in hospital charges over a six-year period.  When Dr. Jeff Brenner and the Coalition’s data analysis identified that residents were using the emergency room for routine care (head colds, sore throats, ear aches), CCOP organizers interviewed more than 50 tenants to understand why.   The outreach to patients revealed a combination of factors contributing to the dynamic: the lack of primary care providers in the area; long waits for appointments; and lack of reliable transportation to get to primary care offices, among others. 


CCOP and the Coalition brought together residents, the building owner and providers to problem-solve the situation, resulting in a partnership with Reliance Medical Group that will bring a new medical office into the building to meet residents’ primary care needs. 

Under the framework of the pending NJ ACO bill, the stakeholders in this collaboration are planning to apply a portion of expected cost-savings back into additional interventions that will further increase preventive care and reduce costs.  A Community Advisory Board of residents will work with the Coalition and the provider to make sure that residents receive high-quality care.

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