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Care New England Announces Creation of Affinity Primary Care East Side

Care New England today announced the creation of Affinity Primary Care East Side, a new primary care medicine practice located on the Butler Hospital campus comprised of physicians, behavioral health consultants and medical assistants.

Affinity Primary Care East Side will serve patients from the general public, Butler Hospital and Care New England employees. It is affiliated with Kent, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants hospitals.

The practice will be ready to support a new primary care track for medical students and the Graduate Medical Education programs at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for training internists and psychiatrists. It will also be a training site for post-doctoral fellows in clinical psychology.

The opening of Affinity Primary Care East Side is a collaborative effort between Butler Hospital, the Family Care Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and the Department of Family Medicine, the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition, the important focus on population health management will foster the creation of a multi-disciplinary team focused on keeping people well, including their mental and behavioral health.

"Care New England, working with key community and statewide stakeholders, is deeply committed to providing new and innovative solutions to improving care and enhancing quality of life," said Dennis D. Keefe, president & CEO, Care New England. "With this new practice, we have brought together a highly qualified team of clinicians who will focus on the health needs of the whole person-mind and body- helping to transform how health care is provided."

"Our team is committed to improving the health of our patients. We will focus on wellness and disease prevention as well as treatment of medical and behavioral problems." said Joseph Rabatin, MD, who brings more than 20 years of experience in primary care to the team.

"This new practice facilitates cooperation among an interdisciplinary team of primary care physicians and behavioral health consultants in order to expand and create integrated primary care programs, as well as expand teaching in integrated care for psychology and medicine trainees," said Lisa Uebelacker, Ph.D.

The practice is supported in part by a three year grant Butler Hospital received from the Rhode Island Foundation's Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care project.

For more information on Affinity Primary Care East Side, please call 401-347-2550 or visit

Affinity Primary Care East Side includes:

Ana Tuya Fulton, MD is originally from the Northern Virginia area, and has been in Rhode Island for more than 10 years. After graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Fulton completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by chief residency and geriatric fellowship, all at Brown University. She joined the faculty of Brown University in 2006. Currently, she is the chief internist at Butler Hospital. Dr. Fulton subsequently received a Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration as a junior faculty member. She was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2011. Her areas of academic and professional interest include end of life care and quality of care for patients with advanced cognitive impairment. A major focus of her clinical and academic work is on improving transitional care for persons with cognitive impairment or chronic mental illness. This work has led to numerous publications and national presentations. Dr. Fulton has been involved in the state developing a Rhode Island plan for Alzheimer's disease. She is very active in clinical and didactic teaching of Brown medical students, residents, and fellows, and currently coordinates the Geriatric Anatomy Workshop Series. From 2006 through 2011, she served as editor of the "Geriatrics for the Practicing Physician" column of Medicine and Health Rhode Island.

Joseph Rabatin, MD was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied English at Georgetown University and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1989. He has published research about the impact of workplace characteristics in patient care, mentoring in academic medicine, the medical interview, clinical bedside teaching and professional writing. Dr. Rabatin worked in the Bellevue Hospital Primary Care clinic and taught at NYU Medical School for 17 years in New York City prior to moving to Memorial Hospital, in Pawtucket, where he served as associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency program and clerkship director for the Alpert Medical School of Brown University third year medical student rotation from 2007-2013. He has treated patients in the Memorial Hospital medical clinic and the Rhode Island Free clinic.

Cara Fuchs, PhD, MPH is a psychology postdoctoral fellow. She has experience helping primary care patients cope with a range of behavioral health concerns including anxiety, depression, obesity, smoking, and medication adherence. She also has an interest in helping patients better manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain.

Sam Hubley, PhD is starting his fellowship in clinical psychology... He specializes in providing behavioral health treatment in primary care settings, and in working with patients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic physical symptoms, and problems in their relationships.

Lisa Uebelacker, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience working with primary care patients and primary care providers. She has expertise in helping patients cope with problems such as stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and smoking cessation. She is also interested in helping people live healthier lives by improving eating patterns and increasing exercise. She provides supervision to Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Hubley.

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