As America’s baby boomers reach their 50’s and 60’s, as new medications and technologies allow people to live longer, and as poor lifestyle choices contribute to chronic diseases, the need for primary care medical providers has become increasingly important. Unfortunately the number of primary care physicians is declining.
Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is working diligently to become the healthiest community in the nation by the year 2020 (Healthy Monadnock 2020). To attain such a lofty goal will require a strong coordinated effort by a broad representation of our community, increased knowledge and personal responsibility on behalf of individuals and families, as well as a system and process of medical care that supports population based health improvement. The role of the primary care physician and other primary care providers becomes vital to our shared success. At CMC/DHK we are convinced the primary care medical model of choice is Medical Home, sometimes referred to as Patient-Centered Medical Home.