New primary care center to serve Medicare patients opens in Warwick

OAK STREET HEALTH and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island officials cut the ribbon at Oak Street Health, a new primary care center in Warwick, this month. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

WARWICK – A national network of primary care centers dedicated to Medicare patients has opened a center in Rhode Island.

Oak Street Health, in partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, held a grand opening last week on Quaker Lane in Warwick.

The center, one of more than 200 nationwide, offers transportation to and from appointments, classes to help patients understand Medicare benefits and other services such as behavioral health.

Patients will also have access to a round-the-clock support line, complex care teams and home nursing visits.

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Activities and classes for patients and community members are planned as well.

“Oak Street Health’s unique care delivery model – one that extends beyond the doctor’s office to offer transportation to appointments, social activities and events, and an around-the-clock patient support line – reflects our vision of passionately leading a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island,” said Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. “Because of its focus on adults on Medicare, Oak Street Health is uniquely qualified to care for Rhode Island seniors, especially those with multiple chronic conditions, deploying complex care teams and providing home nursing visits as needed.”

Many of Oak Street’s physicians and staff live in the Warwick area, the network says.

“Oak Street Health and BCBSRI share a vision for patient-centric care and we’re thrilled to bring our approach to Rhode Island through this partnership,” said Amyn Andharia, Oak Street Health’s divisional president. “Regular visits with our primary care providers have proven to reduce hospital admissions for our patients, and we’re excited to offer Warwick a new preventative care option.”

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