BURRILLVILLE – Pascoag-based Well One Primary Medical and Dental Care received a gold Community Health Quality Recognition award from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, a honor reserved for only the top ten percent of health centers in the country.
Well One, which also has locations in Foster, Scituate and North Kingstown, received additional recognition for its COVID data reporting and patient centered medical home program from the federal agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The center was the only in Rhode Island to earn the agency’s gold tier designation, given to the top ten percent of health center quality leaders in the United States. Providers in Rhode Island to receive a silver tier badge include Comprehensive Community Action, Inc. in Cranston; Providence Community Health Centers Inc.; and Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket.
According to the agency, the Community Health Quality Recognition badges are awarded to health care providers that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period.
Also known as Northwest Community Health Care, Well One also recently received $682,171 in grant funding from HRSA to expand, renovate, and make other capital improvements. The funding, announced earlier this month by the state’s federal delegation, aims to support the improvement of primary care infrastructure in Rhode Island and advance health equity and better health outcomes in medically underserved communities, including through projects that support COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination.
The clinic offers medical, dental and behavioral health services from a property at 36 Bridge Way and in 2019, Well One expanded to offer specialty care from 82 Pascoag Main St.
In 2020, the clinic acquired four adjoining properties on the corner of South Main and Pascoag Main Streets, including a large two-story building that have historically been home to a number of banks.
The previously vacant bank building at 55 Pascoag Main St. is on track to house the health center’s new Behavioral Health Department, and the new properties on Pascoag Main Street are now reserved for health care specialists including cardiologists, internists and more, who use the offices on a one day a week basis, providing specialized care to patients.