American Family Care and Western Connecticut Medical Group Align to Coordinate Patient Care
Healthcare Leaders Will Collaborate to Deliver Superior Health Care
May 22, 2018 (Birmingham, AL and Danbury, CT) – American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and occupational medicine, announces an agreement with Western Connecticut Medical Group (WCMG) to facilitate coordinated patient care. Through this collaboration, patients from AFC’s nine Fairfield County locations in the State of Connecticut who require follow-up medical care and wish to have WCMG provide that care will have improved access to primary and specialty care practices within WCMG. Additionally, WCMG patients who are not suffering a medical emergency, but require treatment during hours when WCMG’s offices are not open – such as nights, weekends and holidays – will be made aware of the services available at AFC’s urgent care clinics. For those WCMG patients who are treated at an AFC clinic, AFC will provide follow-up information back to the patient’s WCMG physician to optimize care coordination.
“This relationship is completely aligned with our patient-centric approach to health care”, said Tom Kelly, AFC’s local area executive. “It also signals to patients that, no matter what time of day or day of the week, the brands they already know and trust are ready to provide quality treatment across a broad spectrum of their health care needs”, continued Kelly.
AFC’s urgent care clinics provide patients with immediate access to treatment of illness and injury. Additionally, AFC provides services for occupational health, workers comp, travel medicine, vaccinations, wellness visits and various types of physicals – such as annual, sports, camp, and school.
In addition to providing primary care, WCMG offers a wide range of specialty professional medical services, including surgical services, such as cardio-thoracic, colon and rectal, vascular, general surgery, and wound care, among others. WCMG specialty care physicians meet patient needs for advanced diagnostic and treatment services through WCMG’s affiliated hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital.
“We are proactively managing our transition to value-based care by collaborating with organizations that share our vision and values relative to patient care. This exciting new relationship with AFC will help both organizations provide our patients with the highest quality care possible,” said Richard Gemming, Executive Director of WCMG.
AFC is no stranger to building close working relationships with hospital systems and physician groups. Indeed, the company has partnerships and affiliations with Baptist Health, Bon Secours, Vanderbilt Health, as well as many other additional health networks across the U.S. “Our local affiliations in various forms continue to be a win-win for everyone involved – most importantly our patients”, said Randy Johansen, President of AFC.
About American Family Care:
Founded by Dr. Bruce Irwin with a single location in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. Today, AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and occupational medicine, with 200 medical centers and 600 in-network physicians caring for 3 million patients a year. Ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., AFC continues to expand through organic growth and partnerships with some of the nation’s most respected hospital systems and physician groups – including Baptist Health, Bon Secours, Steward Health Care, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and others. For more information, visit www.americanfamilycare.com.
About Western Connecticut Medical Group:
At Western Connecticut Medical Group, the priorities are to provide patients with personalized and attentive care, help them manage chronic medical problems, and enable them to get and stay as healthy as possible. WCMG has the ability to coordinate primary care and specialty care needs with the advanced diagnostic and treatment services available throughout its affiliated hospitals: Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital.
Whether a patient has been seeing their doctor for years or they are a new patient, Western Connecticut Medical Group wants patients to feel well cared for – personally and medically. Their doctors truly listen and take the time to get to know and understand patient concerns. For more information, visit www.westernconnecticutmedicalgroup.org