FDRHPO or Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is an agency that strengthens the North Country Healthcare System for Fort Drum Soldiers, their Families and the surrounding civilian community. FDRHPO connects the Military Treatment Facility with the regional healthcare system. FDRHPO does not provide services; rather our role is to evaluate, plan and strengthen the link between Fort Drum community members and quality health care in Northern NY. View FDRHPO fact sheets that summarize each project, its initiatives and some of the outcomes.
Initiated and supported by then Congressman John M. McHugh, FDRHPO originated from a Department of Defense 721 pilot program for healthcare delivery. The mission of FDRHPO is to analyze the existing healthcare system available to Fort Drum Soldiers, their Families, and the surrounding civilian community, identify gaps and then leverage additional medical resources.
To enhance and expand healthcare resources for the growing Fort Drum community, FDRHPO created partnerships with regional healthcare institutions. The result is a strengthened, more adaptive Healthcare System that is still in use today.
- Identify the healthcare needs of Fort Drum and the surrounding community
- Develop a plan to address and support the healthcare needs of the entire community, including Fort Drum
- Foster the collection and exchange of information to promote health through coordinated area-wide health services and programs
- Further such purposes in coordination with federal, state, and county governments, the military and local health care providers, agencies and consumers and in accordance with supporting the mission of the U.S. military; and
- Leverage resources to further the stated objectives
The ability to recruit and retain an adequate supply of healthcare professionals in Jefferson, Lewis and Southern St. Lawrence Counties is a critical health care priority widely recognized among providers and community members. The Long-Term Regional Recruitment Project continues to take concrete steps to address the current and future supply of physician and allied health professionals through a strategic combination of initiatives and programs
North Country Health Information Partnership (N-CHIP)The N-CHIP put in place Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) capacity to improve coordination of care for all patients, with a special focus on adult Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The project connected our community health system to the Statewide Health Information Network through a Regional Health Information Organization. The participating practices were assisted in attaining the PCMH Level II and Level III objectives.
North Country Telemedicine Project
The North Country Telemedicine Project is a regional initiative to create a fiber optic telecommunications and telemedicine network that will connect healthcare sites operating in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties in New York and four urban facilities in Syracuse and Utica that provide consultative and specialty care which is prepared to deploy emerging electronic medical record and telemedicine applications. This network will increase access to specialty healthcare for the 160,000 residents of the Fort Drum region.
The region’s ability to support and sustain emergency medical services that can provide rapid, effective pre-hospital care in life-threatening situations is critical. The challenges to the EMS system created by population growth, increasing call volume and reduced volunteerism cannot be ignored. FDRHPO emergency medical services initiatives are designed to address the current and anticipated demand for emergency services.
Behavioral Healthcare in the Fort Drum RegionThe FDRHPO conducted a comprehensive behavioral health needs assessment of the Fort Drum health service area. Following the needs assessment, the FDRHPO membership actively pursued the development of several resources, including outpatient mental health clinics, increased inpatient mental health capacity, provider recruitment and credentialing, supportive services for family members, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training for community mental health and healthcare professionals, to fill identified gaps.
Community Mental Health Education Program
Due to Fort Drum’s unique community-based model of healthcare, many military families seek behavioral health services from civilian providers in the region. It is imperative that civilian behavioral healthcare providers receive specific training in military mental health needs in order to successfully treat this population. In addition, military families must feel empowered to easily access behavioral health services in the Fort Drum region and understand their military behavioral health benefits. Therefore, the Community Mental Health Education Program was developed to meet these needs.