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HHHN expands in area

CHAMPLAIN — North Country Family Health on Route 11 in Champlain is officially part of Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

Expanded health coverage and continuation of services were among the reasons the practice, formerly the North Country Medical Group, joined Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a federally qualified health center with 15 area health centers.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maurice Racine and his staff to our group,” said Dr. John Rugge, CEO of Hudson Headwaters.

More than two years ago, Racine met Rugge and discussed his desire to ensure the future of primary care upon his retirement. He and Rugge discused the long-term future of Racine’s Medical practice in Champlain.

Hudson Headwaters was awarded $481,667 from the Department of Health and Human Services to help with the purchase of Racine’s practice.

RFacine and his staff are now employees of Hudson Headwaters.

Rugge said patients of Racine’s practice will see continuity of care and additional benefits.

“The federal community health center program is designed to provide access to care regardless of a person’s income or insurance,” Rugge said. “We offer programs that provide discounted medical fees and pharmaceuticals for low-income patients. This year, we’ll help eligible patients receive $1.5 million worth of needed medicine.”

There are plans to hire a second physician and expand the facility to North Country residents with primary and dental care and behavioral health services.

The nonprofit organization will convert the practice into a community clinic and make some minor renovations.

A larger, replacement clinic could be constructed in the future.

Hudson Headwaters will offer a sliding fee for patients, with visits as low as $12, depending on income.

Rugge said more information about Hudson Headwaters is being mailed to Racine’s list of current patients.

“My staff and I are extremely pleased to be part of Hudson Headwaters,” Racine said.

Racine started the practice more than 30 years ago.

“Hudson Headwaters has an excellent record for providing rural primary health care,” Racine said. “I am confident that the people of our area, including CHazy, Mooers and Rouses Point, will benefit from having Hudson Headwaters be a part of our communities.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 298-2691.

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