High Plains Expanding with Pediatric Center


High Plains Community Health Center is planning to develop a pediatric center next to the Chronic Care Adult Center.  Although a construction date hasn’t been mentioned at this time, Center Executive Director, Jay Brooke, briefed the Prowers County Commissioners during a recent meeting.  “Dr. Figlio needs some additional space as he’s given up his office and is doing paperwork off a counter top,” Brooke stated.

Some other expansion plans were noted, “We have 97 people on the last payroll and that includes nine medical providers, two dentists, two dental hygienists, two behavioral health clinicians and a chiropractor,” Brooke added, “We conducted 40,000 different medical procedures to 9,000 patients as of last November and the end of October.  Brooke stated that some administrative staff will be relocated at the old Gobin’s building. “There are ten to twelve people who don’t have a lot of direct patient care and once the new building is completed, they’ll move back to the Center.

Other developments include the addition of Dr. Charles Lam, an internal medical physician will join the staff once his Colorado license is granted.  Brooke said, “We have added a home visitation program which is similar to the nurse family partnership, but offers more flexibility as the new program allows treatment for any number of children in the family up to five years of age.”  He added that the new program will work with the current partnership program.

By Russ Baldwin

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