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Buffalo General Medical Center Primary Care Center Receives Designation as National Health Service Corps-Approved Site

Updated: 7/24/2015

The Primary Care Center at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) received designation as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved site, joining a network of primary healthcare sites and providers dedicated to building healthier communities in areas of the United States with limited access to care.

The NHSC, administered by the Bureau of Health Workforce in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides scholarships and student loan repayment for primary care providers in the medical, dental and behavioral health fields who agree to practice in areas of the country that have health professional shortages.

Located in an urban area with a low-income population as well as documented shortages of primary medical care, dental, and mental health providers, BGMCs Primary Care Center met the requirements to receive the special designation.

As an NHSC-approved site, the Primary Care Center will benefit from improved recruitment and retention of dedicated clinicians. Clinicians that work at NHSC-approved sites are eligible to apply to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and can receive financial support in return for their commitment to provide care in the area. Providers can also take advantage of a job search database with a comprehensive list of NHSC-qualifying job openings, allowing NHSC-approved sites to hire the best clinicians from across the country.

The Primary Care Center at BGMC will also have direct access to a State Primary Care Office (PCO), which is a state-based office that provides community assistance to increase access to primary and preventive healthcare services. In addition, the PCOs provide technical assistance to NHSC-approved sites seeking to address primary care needs in their community.

Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medicine received designation as an NHSC-approved site last year.