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April 2, 1982

The Promise of Satellite Clinics

Author Affiliations

Dr Nelson is medical director, Mr Kleinsteiber is associate administrator, and Mr Johnson is vice-president of finance of Madison General Hospital, Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1982;247(13):1854-1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320380046027

A community hospital has developed a successful model for establishing affiliated primary care centers in semirural areas without the use of federal or foundation money. Unique features of the program include funding through community stock sales and ultimate control by a community board of directors. Additional features include the establishment of a for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of the hospital; development of a complete range of planning, management, and recruitment services; retention of freedom of choice for referrals and hospitalizations by both patients and physicians; and a buy-out provision for the physicians.

(JAMA 1982;247:1854-1858)