Men’s Health Focus of New Center in Farmington
Men are 40 percent more likely to die from almost every chronic medical condition than women. There are many reasons for this, including that men are less likely to visit the doctor. But a new program at Hartford HealthCare is designed to change that: the Tallwood Men’s Health Center in Farmington.
The new center is designed to incorporate doctors and décor for men. Under this one roof, physicians can offer care services, including urology, preventative cardiology, endocrinology, medical and surgical weight loss, and behavioral health.
Even more important than individual services is the coordination of care with a dedicated nurse coordinator. The nurse coordinator integrates care between physicians in the center, and works with established primary care physicians to ensure that men are getting the health care they need and deserve.
The first time a man enters the building, regardless of the reason, he is asked to complete an age-appropriate checklist designed to identify unmet needs. Rather than focusing only on specific health complaints, this approach supports preventive care.