Evergreen Family Health Partners, a longtime independent practice, is consolidating three of its four offices into one space at White Cap Business Park in Williston, closing its practice in Charlotte.
The consolidation will reduce costs, increase efficiency and stabilize the practice over the long term, according to a press release. The 18,000 square foot space in White Cap will be newly fitted out to accommodate all practitioners and staff from Evergreen Family Health in Williston, Evergreen Family Health in Essex Junction and Charlotte Family Health Center, which is currently in a temporary space in Shelburne Green.
Dr. Paul Reiss, the practice’s original physician, said Wednesday that Evergreen Family Health has been in its current office on Park Avenue in Williston for 32 years and wants to stay in Williston. Reiss said the consolidation will take place at the end of the summer “if all goes according to plan.”
Alder Brook Family Health, located on Essex Way in Essex, joined the Evergreen Family Health Group in 2018 and will remain at its current location, according to a press release.
A bittersweet story of growth
Reiss said Evergreen “actually grew a lot” during the pandemic, expanding into offering a primary care sports medicine program. The practice has 18 physicians and approximately 100 employees in total.
“In some ways it’s a positive story of growth, but in other ways it’s bittersweet to have to close an office in Charlotte because we can’t financially run it to have a small office,” said Reiss. “We recognize that we are fortunate to be large enough to survive as a large firm.”
The Charlotte Family Health Center joined Evergreen in 2017 and moved to Shelburne in 2019 while trying to find new space in Charlotte.
“We have sought every opportunity to stay in the Shelburne/Charlotte area to remain convenient for our many local patients, but the ability to maintain a small independent office in the Vermont healthcare environment is challenging,” said Dr. Andrea Regan in a press release. Release.
Reiss added that Evergreen patients in Charlotte and Shelburne “will not lose their doctors, but will simply lose the convenience and comfort of a site they know.”
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