There's been a health center merger in Danbury. The Seifert & Ford Family Community Health Center has officially become part of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center. The Family Community Health Center had been managed by Danbury Hospital, now part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, since 1999. But beginning in April, the clinic at 70 Main Street became part of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center.
Connecticut Institute for Communities CEO Jim Maloney says the clinic doubled its core staff of physicians and advanced-practice registered nurses to about two dozen. GDCHC South has also expanded its hours and now offers eligible patients cheaper prescriptions through its subsidized pharmacy program.
Maloney says the acquisition marks a milestone in what has been and will continue to be a multi-year effort to reorganize and strengthen community health care in the city and the Greater Danbury area. The community health center provides medical, behavioral health and dentistry services on a sliding scale to people of all ages. Maloney says one of the changes is that they've created electronic health records for some of the clinic’s patients who had paper records and transitioned to new telephone and management computer systems. More work is planned.
A new four-story Greater Danbury Community Health Center is under construction and set to open this fall.
Western Connecticut Health Network will continue to offer specialty services like cardiology, orthopedics and nephrology.