Family Medicine Physician Elizabeth Baltaro Leads New UNC Program at Granville Health System

4/21/2016

OXFORD, NC (April 21, 2016) – Granville Health System (GHS) recently announced a partnership with the UNC School of Medicine in sponsoring a new program offered by the University. The Community Based Longitudinal Program (CBLC) is a 16-week, evidence-based approach that offers students a chance to refine and build their clinical skills. 

Granville Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor family medicine physician Elizabeth Baltaro, MD, is heading up the program for Granville Health System. Dr. Baltaro joined Granville Health System in September 2015. A Graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston MA, Baltaro completed her residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.


“I’m looking forward to working with the UNC School of Medicine on this new program,” said Dr. Baltaro. “Both Granville Health System and UNC have a reputation for well-trained physicians who are dedicated to providing quality care and excellent service in North Carolina and this type of training is essential for the future of family medicine in Granville County.” 


The Community Based Longitudinal Care program allows students an opportunity to work alongside a board certified physician to evaluate and participate in the management of patients with undiagnosed signs, symptoms or health concerns and offers them an opportunity to refine and build their clinical skills. CBLC teaches comprehensive care for healthy patients and those with multiple chronic conditions with a focus on health promotion and prevention. The course also integrates skills, knowledge and attitudes related to population health and professional development. 


Students will spend 2 -3 days per week working with Dr. Baltaro in the CBLC program. Patient care is a primary focus in the program, but some time will also be spent exploring their clinic, the surrounding community, specialty clinics and ancillary services. Students of the program are also expected to accompany their primary care patients to referral specialist appointments. In this role, the student does not participate in the specialist evaluation. Instead, they observe the patient’s experience during a consultant visit, gaining insight on the continuum of care model from the perspective of the patient. 


The program also ensures students will have other experiences including a visit to hospice, a procedures workshop, video encounters, peer evaluations and examinations. Additionally, students will work with Dr. Baltaro to identify and perform a project useful to the practice, one that improves a process or helps the practice meet a quality metric. 


Medical student Chris Koller is currently enrolled in the CBLC program and is working with Dr. Baltaro. He completed his undergraduate education at UNC and is now beginning his clinical education. 


“I am extremely excited to start my clinical education and continue to learn how to provide the best possible care for my patients,” said Koller. 


Dr. Baltaro is board-certified in Family Medicine. Her focus is primary care with a strong focus on pediatrics, women’s health and wellness for entire families. 


About Granville Health System
For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.


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