Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:00 AM

A decade of investments brings expert care closer to home

Community Medical Centers has made bold investments during the last decade to ensure that Valley residents have access to the highest quality medical care and services close to home, on par with major metropolitan areas. That includes specialty treatment found nowhere else in the Valley. It means hospital and outpatient care that responds to the needs of a growing and diverse population, as well as preventive and educational services to remain proactive. Community has also invested hundreds of millions of its own money to educate, recruit and retain physicians in a region that has one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios in the state.

There is no single path to addressing the chronic health challenges in a region equivalent to the size of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey combined. The approach is holistic. Community continues to expand hospitals, clinics, healthcare providers and other doors to wellness. Even though there are times when Valley residents must travel outside the area for medical specialties such as organ transplants, that list is shrinking as Community grows its network of providers to meet the most complex needs close to home. 

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