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A New Way of Care—Highlander Way Internal Medicine Offers Affordablilty and Same-Day Appointments

New Practice Responds to Rising Demand Due to ACA Signups
Health care needs to match the pace of life.  People expect same-day service and they want convenience.  Given the change in federal law and the sharp rise in the number of people who are covered with health insurance, providers must match demand with more supply.  So, in response to feedback from patients within our primary care network, and in anticipation of more people needing to join a health care network, Catholic Medical Center (CMC) is offering a new pathway to quality medical treatment. 

Today, CMC announced its newest primary care practice – Highlander Way Internal Medicine, located at One Highlander Way, near the Boston-Manchester Regional Airport and the Executive Health and Sports Club. 

What’s different?  This primary care practice can keep up with everyday life. Patients who join the Highlander Way Internal Medicine practice will be able to experience something called “Open Access” when they need care. “This is prime example of how CMC is listening to the needs of our patients and working to find solutions to better serve those needs,” says Dr. Joseph Pepe, President and CEO of CMC. “It’s getting harder for people to find a primary care practice that will accept a non-emergency visit that day unless people are willing to pay a premium.  This gives families an affordable option for last-minute health care needs.”

The Highlander Way Internal Medicine’s new “Open Access” program allows patients to schedule same day visits, as needed with their doctor, within regular business hours.   The Highlander Way Internal Medicine Team is made up of Dr. Malgorzata Taras, MD and Lawrence Spector, APRN; Erica Panneton, Associate Practice Manager; Joanna Rogowicz, RN and Courtney Lunn, Medical Assistant and Patient Service Representative.

Teaming up with the Executive Health and Sports Club creates a winning combination for Granite Staters. “This is a terrific fit to allow us to offer a complete health and wellness complex for our customers,” says Mike Benton, owner of the Executive Health and Sports Center.  “Proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management are the primary ingredients for staying healthy.  Our wellness programs coupled with CMCs’ team of practitioners offers the individual, families and employers the full spectrum of health and wellness.  We are creating a central hub for good health that meets the needs our customers’ lifestyle in Southern New Hampshire.  Our customers will receive timely, convenient, and comprehensive preventative health care, and I am excited to move this initiative forward.”

This new model for care is also a response to the Affordable Care Act, which has increased the number of patients looking to join a health care network.  “We anticipate this program will fill-up quickly,” says Dr. Malgorzata Taras.  “This is the first step in CMC’s plan to offer expanded primary care services close to home.  We will open additional practices around the area, which will have both physicians and advanced practice specialists on-site.  Ultimately, we believe this will increase the number of “covered lives” within our network.”

Highlander Way Internal Medicine is part of CMC’s three year plan to shift to a more community-based system of care.  More “same day” healthcare centers will open around the area, to meet the growing and changing needs of families.   “Our philosophy is centered on continuing to deliver exceptional, low cost, patient centered care across the entire continuum of care - from wellness through post-acute care,” explains Dr. Pepe.  “As we meet these goals, individuals and families will see a difference in both the quality and cost of care.”


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