Touro, Solano County partner to offer health care

By Sarah Rohrs, Vallejo Times Herald Staff Writer
Posted: 01/21/2012 01:01:03 AM PST


Aimed at expanding health care in the county, a new partnership between Solano County and Touro University will start in Vallejo and eventually expand to Fairfield, officials said.

"We're trying to serve more of our community.  Those who need it the most are those who are underserved and so we're trying to serve them more in this way," said Dr. Abe Pera, Touro College of Osteopathic senior associate dean.  The new partnership, approved this week by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, will give Touro clinic patients an opportunity to receive care at various county clinics. Meanwhile, those seeking care at county clinics will get access to the specialty services of Touro staff and medical students.

"There will be more specialties (at the county clinics) available as a result of our relationship with Touro University," Solano Public Communications Officer Steve Pierce said.  "It's a win-win for everyone," he said. "Obviously there will be more services and greater access to care."

The partnership also sets up the move of the Touro health clinic in Glen Cove into the county Health and Social Service building on Tuolumne Street, Pera said.

Touro University will provide physicians who are board certified in their specialty at that facility.  Further, Touro medical students and students in other health care fields will receive clinical training at the county's facilities.

Touro physicians are expected to offer these additional services at Vallejo clinics beginning in February.

Pera said the 5-year agreement is in alignment with Touro's goals of finding new ways to serve the community.

"Whether it's providing doctors to serve in the community, researching clinical diseases, or educating our students in patient care, Touro University continues to push the boundaries of medicine forward," he said.

County Health Officer Bela Matyas said the move is a "a very positive step toward increasing health-care services" to local residents.

Patients are "more likely to receive all of the services they need" to get treatment and stay well, he added.

Contact staff writer Sarah Rohrs at srohrs@timesheraldonline.com or (707) 553-6832.