SPRINGFIELD >> Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) has announced it is in the process of adding Mountain Valley Medical Clinic in Londonderry as a community health center site within the SMCS federally qualified health center (FQHC) network.
Mountain Valley Medical Center (MVMC) will serve the Vermont towns of Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, South Londonderry, Stratton, Wardsboro, West Townshend, West Wardsboro, Weston and Windham.
"MVMC has a long history of providing high quality healthcare services," commented Tim Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMCS. He continued, "MVMC's geographic service area is contiguous to the current SMCS service area. As part of the SMCS network, patients will now have access to expanded services through the SMCS system, including discounted pharmaceuticals, integrated behavioral health services and dental care," said Ford. "We look forward to collaborating with the Mountain Valley team to enhance the scope of services available. We share a common mission to provide high quality healthcare and we look forward to serving the residents of the Mountain Valley area."
Chuck Sweetman, President of the Board of Directors for MVMC, adds, "This new relationship is a 'win/win' opportunity for our community: broader access to services and improved financial security for our clinic. MVMC is now celebrating 40 years of providing outstanding health care for our communities; this helps guarantee the next 40 years of having quality medical services available to our residents, our children and our grandchildren. We feel great about that. Our MVMC Board of Directors has done a great job in the last two years in doing due diligence for our communities in these matters and I congratulate them all for their hard work and for the positive outcome." He continues, "The SMCS leadership team has demonstrated their commitment to our clinic and our community throughout our negotiations. SMCS has received two National Quality Leader awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration within the past twelve months. They share our commitment to quality. We look forward to the future and enhancing MVMC's tradition of providing excellent healthcare to area residents."
SMCS became a federally qualified community health center network in February 2009, and serves nearly 25,000 individuals in 14 towns throughout Windsor and Windham Counties in Vermont, and Sullivan and Cheshire Counties in New Hampshire. SMCS health center locations include Chester Family Medicine in Chester, Rockingham Medical Group in Bellows Falls, Ludlow Health Center and Ludlow Dental Clinic in Ludlow, Springfield Health Center and The Women's Health Center in Springfield, and Charlestown Family Medicine in Charlestown, N.H. Springfield Hospital is a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the SMCS integrated delivery system.