The Baker Center for Primary Care, located in the Sloop Medical Office Plaza adjacent to Cannon Memorial Hospital, is having a Grand Re-Opening on June 19, from 4 - 6 pm. The free event will feature guest speakers, guided tours and light refreshments to showcase the newly renovated medical office.
"The goal in joining forces (with the healthcare system) was to create an efficient model for providing sustainable, quality primary care in Avery County," said Dr. Baker. Since joining ARMA, the practice has added three providers and has experienced an annual increase in patient volume.
Toni Gault, Practice Administrator for the Avery County ARMA offices said, "The reason for the remodel really came about out of necessity. We had outgrown our previous space and in order to continue to provide superior care for our patients, expanding proved to be the right and logical next step to take."
The funding for the renovations came about in large part thanks to The Duke Endowment and various donors that live in the High Country. In total, the renovations cost $1.2 million and took approximately four months to complete.
The Baker Center for Primary Care is recognized by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Tier 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH distinction acknowledges the Center's high-quality of care devoted to emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients.
In addition to the Grand Re-Opening, Dr. Baker, Dr. Amy Chidester, Dr. Jennifer Burgart, Nurse Practitioners Donna Tate and Ella Markland and Certified Nurse Midwife, Heather Jordan are pleased to welcome Nurse Practitioner, Nancy Griffith to their team. Griffith, who previously practiced at Toe River Health District in Newland, began seeing patients at Baker Center on June 2.