BACKGROUND

Chautauqua County Health Network, Inc. (CCHN) was established in 1995. Since then CCHN has spent the past twenty four years demonstrating successful service coordination and collaboration among network participants through education, enterprise development, and rural health provider support.

The Chautauqua County Health Network, Inc. (CCHN) serves all the residents of Chautauqua County with the goal of structuring a health care system that provides access to quality services and meets the needs of consumers, as well as providers. Local health care providers have joined together to help establish a network with the purpose of identifying and meeting the health care needs of our citizens. Representatives from hospitals, physician offices, human service agencies, education, business, and citizens partner with the CCHN to achieve the organizations goals and objectives.

Service Area

The service area of the CCHN is the western-most county in New York State and includes two cities, Jamestown and Dunkirk, twenty-seven towns, and fifteen villages covering 1,065 square miles. The county is geographically, and to some extent socially and economically, divided between “north” and “south” county.

The most recent population estimate for 2018 is appropriately 127,939, showing about a 5% decrease in population from the 2010 US Census. There is a high demographic (as compared to surrounding areas) of persons 65 and older, accounting for about 20% of Chautauqua County’s population.

Organizational Structure

The CCHN was incorporated November 1998, received its 501(c)(3) status in March 2000, and is represented by physicians, hospitals, other health care providers and community leaders. The Board of Directors is comprised of the Chief Executive Officers of the two hospitals in Chautauqua County, their governing boards and medical staff. The Board also includes representatives from the Citizen Advisory Board (CAB). All motions, resolutions and decisions are passed by consensus.  The Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring and evaluating all aspects of CCHN.

The CAB is a committee of CCHN with broad representation from across the county.  It is charged with making recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning policies, practices and program initiatives that will provide for quality, affordable, accessible health care while promoting optimum health and wellness for all the people of Chautauqua County. Schools, business and community leaders and physicians regularly attend the meetings and contribute to the process.

Funding

As a not-for-profit, state- designated Rural Health Network (RHN) comprised of over 140 physicians, two hospitals, and numerous community based organizations - CCHN consistently applies for and implements programs and projects in the Chautauqua County community funded by federal, state, local, and private foundation grant funding.

Subsidiary Companies

CCHN has two sister-organizations, the Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System (IDS) and Chautauqua Region Associated Medical Partners (AMP). Together, CCHN, IDS, and AMP are attempting to create a model system of health care that provides access to quality services and meets the needs of consumers as well as providers. We are redesigning processes to embrace care coordination and realign services to achieve cost savings.

The Integrated Delivery System (IDS), is comprised of 140 physician members, was established in 1997 as an Independent Practice Association (IPA) and was one of the first community oriented physician/hospital IPAs to address the lack of adequate Medicare Managed Care services in Chautauqua County. In partnership with Univera Healthcare, the IDS has addressed that need.

As an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Chautauqua Region Associate Medical Partners (AMP) was created in 2012 to address patient centered care and patient engagement. AMP exclusively participates in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Medicare Fee-For-Service participants.

By working together, CCHN believes we can improve overall health care services for the benefit of patients, payers, and providers.