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Formé Medical Center: Transforming Healthcare

As the fate of healthcare is strongly challenged, Healthcare Executives are constantly working on ways of impacting healthcare.  At Formé Medical Center, leaders Gina Cappelli, Founder and President and Maria M. Trusa, Partner and CEO have brought promise to the community with an innovative approach to improving healthcare outcomes.

A recent Census has publicized the vast number of uninsured patients to be 27 million in the US as a whole inclusive of 1,185,000 in New York State and 183,436 in Westchester County.   Many individuals often neglect their well-being due to the impediments of access, awareness and affordable healthcare.  In a conservatively employed population, there are often times where many are uninsured due to eligibility where earnings are above the qualifying range for Medicaid and/or are not sufficient to obtain plans similar to Obama Care.  Moreover, health and healthcare disparities are commonly viewed through race and ethnicity, but occur across a broad range of magnitudes.  Efforts to reduce disparities include a focus on designated priority populations who are vulnerable to health and healthcare disparities.  For many, there is certainty in the decreased and limited access to healthcare due to lack of education, awareness, language barrier and access to preventive care.

Formé Medical’s CEO, Maria M. Trusa is far too familiar with the challenges of the underserved and uninsured communities.  As a Dominican immigrant, Ms. Trusa experienced disparities at first hand.  Due to her own trials and tribulations and a 26 year trajectory as a Healthcare Executive in an organization exclusive to an affluent population, Ms. Trusa clearly recognized the need for transformation in healthcare for the uninsured and underserved communities being cognizant of the standards of quality care.

With a focus on the uninsured community at hand in Westchester County and sharing in the vision of transforming healthcare experiences, Ms. Cappelli and Ms. Trusa introduced a program known as the “Formé Medical Membership”  to impact the overall health and well-being of the uninsured and underserved communities; offering dignified, high-quality, accessible, transparent and affordable healthcare.

Stay tuned as we welcome you to learn about our “New Healthcare Transformation Model” which will afford you the opportunity to obtain a variety of healthcare services for an UNBELIEVABLY LOW AND AFFORDABLE MONTHLY COST!

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Formé Medical Center Receives the NCQA Certification

Recognized as a Level 3: Patient-Centered Medical Home, Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care is a team approach to provide complete medical care which includes your health care provider, other professionals who can provide assistance, and the most important member, you.

As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, our focus is to provide our patients with comprehensive medical care, which focuses on all aspects of their health and general well-being, including emotional, family and social concerns. Together with your doctor and other health care providers, you are the most important person in managing your health.

A “Medical Home” makes it easier and more comfortable for you to access day-to-day care by strengthening your relationship with your primary care provider and the team responsible for your care. Our providers and care team follow evidence-based care recommendations to ensure you receive the best medical treatment. In addition, your Medical Home will ensure that you understand your health needs and provide you with all the tools you may need to better manage your conditions. With a Medical Home, your quality of care will improve significantly and it will take less time to get care when you need it.

Your medical home cares for the care of the whole person, since physical health is not the only factor that contributes to overall health.

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The More You Learn, the More You Earn

What does a successful business look like?

Some might say financial profit, while others may say the establishment of effective brand familiarity.

The reality is that successful businesses, no matter how large or small, need to have a ‘progress oriented’ mindset. The minute you stop trying to improve every and any aspect of your business, you have already failed. In this article I will be sharing how I have proactively learned the positive effects of continuing education using easily accessible resources.

My son, Franco Cabral, CEO and Partner at inMark Media, was my driving force to realizing the importance of self-educating.

Franco made me realize how crucial it is to ensure that my role as CEO is influential and inspirational not only to your clients, but to employees as well. I have witnessed his company grow significantly within a year due to the strong, motivating culture he has created.

I, too, have a motivated staff, and want to ensure that the culture we have created at Forme remains consistent for years to come.

My curiosity

My curiosity grew and I wanted to know how he was able to come up with fresh ideas and thought-provoking challenges constantly, even in the midst of other important work projects.

That’s when he told me, “the more you learn, the more you earn.” Initially, I thought this was referring to higher education. What he actually meant was that there were cost-effective, and timesaving ways to further your education.

He shared with me that he would read or listen to books such as ‘Be Obsessed or Be Average’ by Grant Cardone, or ‘You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business’ by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith.

My son does not believe in wasting time, so whenever he is on the road he listening to something new.

Taking notes

My advice when listening to these audio books is not only to listen, but to take notes, especially when there are so many beautifully crafted quotes and tips.

Whether it’s on your phone or the corner of a napkin, it’s important to listen, learn and be inspired. I am not implying that these audio books and notes are a substitution for a higher education.

What I have learned is that there are other easy, accessible ways to continue to educate yourself and you should be taking advantage of them.

Resources and lack of time should not be an excuse for lack of growth.

I started listening and taking notes on books that were easily accessible on either my iPhone or at Barnes & Noble – no excuses.

I was exposed to many different perspectives that challenged my own that I began to notice the progress I was making. I was able to pinpoint Formé’s strengths and weaknesses very clearly.

Key practice

For example, one of the books I listened to helped me realized that Formé needed a more effective business plan as we continued to grow rapidly.

Today, we are currently in the process of tweaking our business plan to cater to our new goals and trajectories. I’ll be the first to admit that change can be difficult, especially when you have been working in one field for so long, as I have in the medical field.

The reality is that new technology and younger generations have already put themselves ahead of the game, and it’s your responsibility to remain current and relevant. If you don’t take the time to at least try, you are doing a disservice to you, your team, and your clients.

By incorporating learning in your day, it will open your eyes to new ideas. Have an hour commute to work?

Listen to an audiobook. Waiting while in the doctor’s office?

Read an article that pertains to your business, or send videos of inspiration to friends and see how long it takes before they send you videos that could change your perspective. Learning does not have to include a syllabus and a rented textbook. Learning comes in all platforms, and it’s your responsibility to find the ones that work for you.

Should you want any recommendations on audio books, or just have questions in general, please do not hesitate to connect with me.

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Choosing the Right Website for Your Small Business

Choosing the wrong platform for a growing company can be detrimental in the long run.

Having learned through experience, the cost involved by making the wrong decision can result in a bad investment.

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Small Business Owners, Productivity and the Flu Season

Why a Flu shot is important

Each year, 5-20% of people across the U.S. are infected with the influenza virus.

Influenza is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is spread by droplets made when people with the virus cough, sneeze or talk. It can also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces (i.e. toys, tables, doorknobs). Thus, it can spread very rapidly in the workplace.

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A Latina’s Journey from Dominican Republic to Immigrant to CEO

I was born in the Dominican Republic in a very small town called Licey, Santiago.

We are 5 children, four boys and me the only girl. At the age of six, my mother decided to separate from my father. This was after 20 years of marriage to a husband that mistreated her and couldn’t support his family due to his alcoholism.

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A Closer Look At the Health Inequities in Latino Communities

It is tough to discuss issues of health equity without addressing factors that engender social inequality. In fact, socioeconomic and living conditions, such as housing, physical environment, transportation, education and working conditions are often the causes of less than optimal health outcomes for ethnic communities, including Latinos.

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