Oak Street Health to Expand into Flint, Michigan to Deliver Quality Healthcare in Partnership with Health Alliance Plan
CHICAGO, April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Oak Street Health, a network of centers that provide innovative primary care services to Medicare recipients, will bring a uniquely holistic healthcare option to Flint, Michigan with two centers in 2019. Through a continued partnership with Health Alliance Plan (HAP), Oak Street Health will support Medicare beneficiaries in Genesee County with a more personal, equitable and accountable approach to healthcare.
"Oak Street Health's expansion into Flint is deeply meaningful to all of us. Flint has dealt with a series of municipal and economic challenges that have deeply affected its most important asset - the local community," said Rafe Petty, Division President of Michigan for Oak Street Health. "Our centers will bring jobs to where they are needed most and give residents reliable access to primary care and other health care services. We're excited to extend our partnership with HAP to improve the lives of adults on Medicare in Flint."
A Community-Based Approach to Healthcare
Oak Street Health will address many of the community's unmet needs, including mental health, food insecurity and access to care for the aging population. The company offers a 24-7 support line for patients, and its care teams typically spend 20 - 40 minutes per patient visit, twice the industry average. To improve accessibility to care, Oak Street Health offers complimentary transportation to and from appointments, as well as supplemental in-center services such as podiatry, pharmacy and behavioral health support.
Combined, these services have reduced hospital admissions by 44 percent and emergency room visits by 46 percent, which will provide major cost savings for Genesee County, where emergency room visits are 43 percent higher than the national average.
Bringing Jobs to Flint
"We're thrilled to continue working with Oak Street Health and expand access to our Medicare Advantage network in Flint to ensure our members receive the high-quality, affordable healthcare they deserve," said Dr. Michael Genord, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for HAP. "There is a deep need here for a community-driven support system that meets residents' needs inside and outside the doctor's office. We look forward to working together to change the lives of Medicare beneficiaries in Flint."
Oak Street Health's first center in Flint will be in the Burton neighborhood at 3525 Saginaw Road, with a second location at 102 W. Pierson Road, Flint, Mich., 48505. Oak Street Health will accept multiple health plans at these locations. Michigan is already home to five other Oak Street Health centers, located in Southgate, Hazel Park, Cherry Hill (Inkster), Jefferson Village (Detroit) and Rosedale Park (Detroit).
To learn more about Oak Street Health's value-based primary care model, visit www.oakstreethealth.com.
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