Evergreen Health recently announced its partnership with Aspire of WNY and the acquisition of Aspire of WNY’s Article 28 Primary Care clinic. Under this agreement, Aspire will cease operations of its Primary Care clinic located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga due to unsustainable reimbursement rates. Evergreen will begin providing primary care and podiatry services to patients at that location in the first quarter of 2022. This is the second announcement of its kind for Evergreen in 2021.
“I am excited to be partnering with another great Western New York organization this year,” said Raymond Ganoe, president and CEO, Evergreen Health. “Aspire of WNY has a long history of providing critical services to the people in our community who need them the most. I am confident that our new patients will receive the same high-quality care they have come to trust and rely on at Aspire. We are committed to providing judgment-free, affirming care and I’m thrilled to be welcoming another new group of patients to the Evergreen family.”
Leadership from Evergreen and Aspire of WNY mutually came to this agreement with the well-being of patients as the main goal. For Evergreen, this is the second growth opportunity of its kind this year, further expanding its services under the enhanced reimbursement rates it receives as a federally qualified health center look-alike entity and ensuring patients receive top quality care. The first announcement was a similar partnership and acquisition of the People Inc. Article 28 Primary Care clinic. In both instances, the partnerships have been strengthened by the collaboration between like-minded and mission-driven organizations.
Evergreen will start providing primary care and podiatry services at Aspire’s Health Care Center at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. Once the transition occurs, Evergreen will add 1,000 patients to its current patient population, with new patients that include people with developmental and similar disabilities.
“Finding a partner that we knew our patients could trust and that shared the same values as Aspire was very important to us,” said Renee Filip, president and CEO, Aspire of WNY. “We are pleased to have found that trusted partner in Evergreen and our patients will be happy knowing they will receive the same quality care from the same providers. The sustainability of services and improving patient outcomes were driving factors in this partnership and it’s a great example of the healthcare community coming together to do what’s right for patients.”