The College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will hold a grand opening of a clinic in Aurora Thursday, Jan. 21, offering a new kind of health care where patients pay a monthly fee for an array of services. And the clinic is staffed entirely by nurse practitioners.

“You pay a monthly fee and all primary care issues are covered,” said Adrienne Wolf, MPH, operations manager for the new CU Healthcare Partners @ Belleview Point in southeast Aurora. “Our services can prevent people from having to go to the ER or Urgent Care unless absolutely necessary.”

Those services include:

  • annual physical exam (including blood work)con_misc_0114
  • annual flu vaccination
  • basic in-office procedures
  • childhood vaccines
  • coordination of care
  • integrated behavioral (mental) health
  • pediatric care
  • phone and email access to providers
  • sports physicals
  • sick visits

The payments range from about $59 to $79 a month for adults and $19 for most children. The clinic will also take most forms of insurance.

“The goal of this clinic is to provide integrated primary care in a model that aims to improve health outcomes and decrease healthcare costs,” Wolf said. “We are excited to grow a practice that will have a true impact on the health of our community and hopefully on the healthcare system as a whole.”

The clinic opens at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult for many to access primary care services. Many physicians no longer offer those kinds of services because reimbursement rates are often low.

But Belleview won’t employ physicians. It will be run entirely by nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat illnesses and prescribe medications.

“It’s hard to get primary care in Colorado,” said Kristen Petrelli, FNP, who will be managing the clinic which opens to patients on Tuesday, Jan. 19. “But this is a unique model, staffed entirely by nurse practitioners who are trained to focus more holistically on patients. And we offer same and next day appointments.”

The clinic was the brainchild of Professor Amy Barton, RN, PhD, of the CU College of Nursing who also helped create Sheridan Health Services and the Center for Midwifery (CFM).

“We created a personalized care model with the Center for Midwifery over 10 years ago,” she said. “The success of CFM and the engagement of their patients led me to believe that we might be able to transform the manner in which we offer primary care as well.”

Barton said that as she studied direct primary care practices she discovered the top five patient diagnoses always included anxiety and depression.

“So I knew an integrated approach was necessary,” she said.

If successful, the College of Nursing may build similar clinics throughout the region.

The facility will open to patients on Tuesday July 19.  The Grand Opening is Thursday, January 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Clinic hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHAT: CU Healthcare Partners @ Belleview Point Grand Opening

WHEN: Thursday January 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

WHERE: Belleview Point Office 5001 S. Parker Road, Suite 215 Aurora, CO 80015.  303-315-6200

MORE: Members of the media, please RSVP David Kelly at 303-503-7990 or [email protected]