Wednesday May 16, 2018

NOCHSI Changes Name to Connextcare

Dan Dey: ConnextCare reflects growth in services, locations

    Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. has announced it has changed its name to ConnextCare.

    The health care network, which has served Oswego County residents since 1969, adopted the new name, ConnextCare, to better reflect its growth in staff, services and locations, according to Daniel Dey, president and chief executive officer.

    ConnextCare, which was founded nearly 50 years ago as NOCHSI, employs a staff of 235, including a 54-person team of health care specialists, in multiple locations across Oswego County — all integrated into one unified system of care.

    “We’ve grown quite a bit since we were founded in 1969, in the scope and quality of our services as well as the geographic reach of our care.  Our new name, ConnextCare, better communicates the strength of our growing and highly connected system of care,” Dey said. “It signifies that we are more than just one provider, or a single facility. We are an integrated network of care across six locations using the most up-to-date technology to deliver the best local care.”

    ConnextCare recently expanded its service delivery reach from primarily northern Oswego County to the entire county, doubling in size through the acquisition of primary care practices from its community partners Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Health.

    ConnextCare has six primary care locations and six school-based programs, providing health care services within proximity of every Oswego County resident. The network also recently added several new services, including behavioral health, dental services and diabetes management.

    The change to ConnextCare does not signify a change in ownership or leadership, according to Dey. “Our new name was developed to better reflect our growth as an organization. Our health care network remains a private, federally funded nonprofit organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors. Neither the staff leadership or the volunteer board leadership has changed.”

    Other than new signage, patients will not experience any operational changes due to the name change, according to Tricia Peter-Clark, vice president of operations.

    “Your primary care provider and preferred office location remain the same. We changed our name to better reflect the growth of our connected network of care, and to let you know that you can connect with our care at any one of our six main locations. And, no matter which location you visit, you can count on the fact that we’ll have your up-to-date medical records,” she said.

    The rollout of the new name was celebrated with a special breakfast reception for the entire ConnextCare staff and board of directors today at the Kallet Theatre in Pulaski.

    The event included representatives from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. This project was funded in part by a grant from the foundation.