John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network is consolidating four-and-a-half of its primary-care clinics in Arlington and Grand Prairie into one location with the goal of creating a comprehensive, certified medical home.
JPS plans to spend $5 million to refurbish a former Albertson’s grocery store building in a largely vacant strip mall at Arkansas Lane and Cooper Street and open in October 2014. The location will include primary care, women’s health, a pharmacy, radiology and other diagnostic services, dental services and vision care. JPS has two specialty clinics and a surgery center in Arlington that will remain open.
Dianna Prachyl, JPS vice president of community health, said the Arlington location would be a pilot test of a medical-home model that JPS could roll out over the next decade. She said JPS potentially could consolidate its other 15 primary-care clinics into three other medical homes in northeast Tarrant County, the west side of Fort Worth and near its main campus in south of downtown. JPS will seek Level III National Committee for Quality Assurance certification for all of those locations.
“We recognized that the future of health care delivery long-term includes wellness (and population health),” Prachyl said. “We felt we could operate more efficiently in one large facility than so many small ones.”
JPS hopes to stimulate economic development around the clinic because of the patient traffic, Prachyl said. She anticipated patient panels of about 2,000 for the clinic’s 16 physicians.
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