Rochester Regional Health System Launches Center For Refugee Health

Rochester Regional Health System Launches Center For Refugee Health

Rochester Regional Health Services

A first-of-its kind primary healthcare center for refugees in Rochester has officially dedicated

Director of Community Medicine for Rochester Regional Health System, Jim Sutton, says since 2008, Rochester Regional has been the primary care home for newly arriving refugees.           

“What we found over time is that the newest of the new refugees really need some highly specialized care and some culturally appropriate care and that’s what led to the concept of having a dedicated center”

Sutton says the center will see the new refugees for a 3 to 5 year period, allowing them time to get acclimated to their new surroundings, learn some English, and get introduced to a permanent primary care home in Rochester Regional's system.

More than 750 refugees arrive here each year.

The new Center for Refugee Health is located at 222 Alexander Street.The new center has been seeing patients since August, but was officially launched Tuesday. It’s  a family practice for pediatric and adult patients.

Sutton says a long-term goal is to bring more specialties to center so the patients can get "one stop shopping" there, and not have to travel around the city for their specialty appointments.

Half the staff are previously settled refugees themselves.

by Alex Crichton WXXI News

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