Willsboro The Smith House in Willsboro officially celebrated its new partnership with the Elizabethtown Community Hospital during a July 10 open house.
Members of the Smith House staff and board were joined by Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) staff in celebrating the facility becoming the fourth primary care facility under the ECH brand. Other facilities are located in Elizabethtown, Wilmington and Westport.
“It is a huge difference for people who live here to come to the Smith House instead of heading to Elizabethtown,” Jane Hooper, director of community relations for ECH said. “We can offer services here that are supported through the primary care facility. Smith House patients have always been ECH patients and there has always been a relationship there, now it is a more structured one.”
“We will have a five-day-a-week presence all year in Willsboro and we are looking to take on new patients and have more of a pediatric base in the community,” Primary Care Clinics Manager Robin Dunning said. “The Smith House will now be operated the same as all of our other health centers.”
Dunning said the return of physical therapy to the Willsboro community has been a success for the center.
“They used to have physical therapy here and it moved to Essex,” Dunning said. “Once that closed, the community really missed the service and that was something that was always at the top of the list when we asked people what services that wanted.”
“We started physical therapy here again a couple of months ago with two and three days a week,” Hooper said. “Now we are up to offering it five days a week.”
Dunning added that they will also be looking at increasing what they can offer to the community.
“There is room for expansion of services at some point and we will ask to see what the community has interest in,” she said.