Community School Loan Repayment
Program for New Adult Primary Care Physicians to the Rochester Area
increase consumers’ access to adult primary health care in the Rochester region, four local hospitals, a major employer
group and Excellus, the area’s largest health plan, have created a fund that will help new physicians pay for their
schooling. Starting in 2012, approximately $600,000 per year for the next four years
will be made available through local institutions to provide loan relief to primary care doctors in return for a minimum of
four years of service in Monroe and contiguous counties.
be administered through programs at Highland Hospital, Strong Memorial, Unity Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and the
Rochester Integrated Health Network (RIHN). The network includes community health centers serving poor and low-income residents
of Rochester including Anthony Jordan Health Center, Westside Health Center, Rochester Primary Care Network, Highland Family
Medicine, and Rochester area hospitals. Physicians do not need to be employed by a hospital system or RIHN to be eligible
The program will be financed through a nominal surcharge on Excellus
BlueCross BlueShield commercial member inpatient claims at the four hospitals with the backing of the Rochester Business Alliance.
Excellus BCBS will pay the hospitals directly.
Each institution will use funds
to support at least one candidate per year for four years to subsidize loan obligations. Institutions are free to divide
the moneys among 2 or more candidates in a given year. The goal is to assure a strong foundation for the future of primary
care in the region. Each institution will implement an application process allowing current practices that are recruiting
and potential candidates for those positions to apply.
in all organizations will be open to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine candidates who are new to the practice of primary
care in the Rochester region.
The Rochester Integrated
Health Network will be administering up to $ 120,000 per year over the next four years to subsidize loan obligations
for new physicians to the Rochester community. The Rochester Integrated Health Network's
primary focus is on individuals and families whose incomes are at or below 200-400% of the federal poverty guideline, and
those who experience financial, cultural or social barriers to care. To that end, successful applicants’
current target patient population will include a high percentage of underinsured/underserved people at 400% or less of the
Federal Poverty Level.
Candidates who are new to the practice of adult
primary care in the Rochester region are welcome to contact us for more information at email@example.com
Practices seeking new primary care physicians are also
welcome to let us know of their needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following practices are looking for qualified physicians. Interested physician
candidates should contact the following practice contacts to determine potential fit:
Unity Family Medicine at Orchard Street
158 Orchard Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Unity Health System
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
His Branches – Grace Family Medicine
340 Arnett Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14619
William Morehouse MD
His Branches, Inc.
340 Arnett Blvd
Rochester, NY 14619
To read an article written by James Goodman and
published by the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group on July 26, 2011 titled: "Initiative Aims to Attract Primary Care
Doctors to Rochester Area", please see the downloadable file below.
out information on the funds administered through the hospital systems, please contact the individuals below:
Rochester General Hospital
Sr. Physician Recruitment and Retention Liaison
The Office of Physician Services
1425 Portland Avenue, Suite 595 MOB
Rochester, New York 14621
Physician Relations Department
Unity Health System
1555 Long Pond Rd.
Strong Memorial & Highland Hospitals
Lori Bush-Siracusa, B.S., B.A.
Center for Primary Care
155 Corporate Woods, Suite 100
HH Box 130
Rochester, NY 14623
Please contact any organization regarding your interest in the program.