Providence Health Services recently received certificate of need (CON) approval from the District’s State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) to continue providing primary care services on the Providence campus. SHPDA’s issuance of a CON to Providence Health Services comes on the heels of a recommendation of approval from SHPDA staff and unanimous approval from the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC).
“Continuing to operate quality and timely primary care is crucial in our efforts to improve a person’s health rather than solely caring for people when they are sick,” said Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, Providence Board Chair. “Securing continued access to primary care services on the campus helps meet the needs of the community, and we are pleased to take a step forward in this process of our transformation.”
Providence recognizes the need for preventative care and related services to treat the chronic conditions prevalent in the community and address the social determinants of health that exacerbate these conditions. A 2016 District of Columbia Community Health Needs Assessment found that nearly a quarter of adults did not have a primary care provider. The decision to offer continued primary care services reflects Providence’s ongoing commitment to addressing the unmet health needs of residents.
In addition to primary care services to enhance access and promote utilization of preventative care, Providence operates skilled nursing care at Carroll Manor, outpatient behavioral health and care coordination for Medicaid beneficiaries. The Emergency Care Center is open through April 30, 2019.