Mid-State Bids Farewell to Founder, Welcomes Next Generation of Leadership

Aug 3, 2016 | News, Uncategorized

Sharon Beaty, CEO and Drl Claire Reed, CMO

Sharon Beaty, CEO & Dr. Claire Reed, CMO

Visionary CMO Frederick Kelsey Passes Baton to Rural Family Medicine Veteran Claire Reed

Plymouth, NH – Frederick Kelsey, MD, FACP, has been an advocate for our community and its health since 1979. As Mid-State Health Center’s founding Chief Medical Director, Dr. Kelsey’s patient-centered leadership has kept us at the forefront of primary care innovation for almost two decades. Now, as he steps into retirement, we honor and appreciate Dr. Kelsey’s tireless commitment to the health of Mid-State’s patients and providers. He is a man of integrity, wisdom, and compassion who leaves a legacy of healing – healing the sick, healing the healers, and healing a fractured health care system.

That legacy will be nurtured by incoming Chief Medical Officer Claire H. Reed, MD, FAAFP.  Dr. Reed is a family medicine practitioner with over 30 years of experience in primary care. She earned her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center and completed her residency in Wichita, KS. Since then, Dr. Reed has practiced in both Kansas and Wisconsin, most recently serving as Medical Director of Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau, WI.

“Dr. Reed’s commitment to rural community health is inspiring. She is a warm, enthusiastic and capable advocate for patients and clinicians, which simply makes her an excellent choice to succeed Dr. Kelsey. We are so pleased to welcome her to the Mid-State Team,” said CEO Sharon Beaty.

Dr. Reed says her goal is to continue Dr. Kelsey’s work. “Our priority for Mid-State Health Center is to keep providing high quality, accessible care that puts patients and their needs at the center of a team with services such as psychology, health coaching, and dental care.”

Balance is a key concept in Dr. Reed’s leadership style. She knew she’d found a home when she came to interview and saw how central balance was to Mid-State’s philosophy of care. She was impressed with how the healthy work-life balance kept clinician turnover low while a balance between integrated care and metrics kept patients happy and healthy.

“In big cities, family practice often becomes just a gateway to consultants, and it’s fragmenting primary care,” Dr. Reed explained. “In small towns, we have more of an ability to practice the full scope of family medicine, which covers everything from birth to death, and I really enjoy that!”

Dr. Reed and her family moved to Plymouth in mid-June, and they are thoroughly enjoying all the beauty the Lakes Region and the White Mountains have to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, knitting and spending time with family. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Reed to the Mid-State family!

Mid-State Health Center has announced that its newest primary care office in Lincoln, New Hampshire is now open. The clinic, located at 6 South Mountain Drive will provide top-notch, convenient, and affordable primary care options to the local area.

“We are overjoyed to open our new primary care site in Lincoln and expand our services in the area. This new clinic affords us the opportunity to provide Mid-State’s high-quality primary care services in an area that has, in the past, had limited healthcare services,” said Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer at Mid-State Health Center.

Mid-State Lincoln is accepting patients of all ages and will offer primary care services such as physical examinations, immunizations, and diagnoses and treatment of illness and injuries. The clinic also offers care coordination with other healthcare providers, prescribing medication, and management of chronic conditions, providing a healthcare home model for its patients.

The new clinic is open Monday through Friday, and business hours can be found online at midstatehealth.org. To make an appointment, please call 603-536-4000.

In addition, Mid-State will be hosting a community open house on Thursday, March 2nd from 4 PM to 6 PM where residents and businesses from the local community can tour the new office, meet members of the Mid-State team, learn how to become a new patient, and hear more about the services Mid-State Health Center offers.  A ribbon cutting will take place at 4:15 PM, however, community members are invited to stop by at any point during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions about the open house, Samantha Hooper, Director of Marketing and Communication can be contacted via email at shooper@midstatehealth.org.