Sanitas and ConnectiCare Open its Network of Multicultural Medical Centers in Connecticut

Sanitas Medical Center
Date: November 17, 2016

Newington, CT (November 17, 2016) – Sanitas and ConnectiCare are marking a major milestone in their vision to expand access to high quality and culturally relevant health care with the opening of a network of medical centers in Connecticut. Beginning November 28, Sanitas Medical Centers will open three new facilities in Newington, Bridgeport and Orange. The centers will offer primary care, specialty care, urgent care, laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as health education and wellness services. All three centers will offer extended evening and weekend hours, with walk-ins welcome. The centers are staffed with medical and administrative staff who are bilingual in English and Spanish. 

This expansion is the result of a strategic alliance between GuideWell Sanitas and ConnectiCare to serve the health care needs of Connecticut’s growing multicultural population, while helping to address the long-standing disparities in the health status of people from culturally diverse backgrounds. ConnectiCare is the only health insurance plan being accepted by the Sanitas Medical Centers, which will also serve those paying directly for health care services and those with traditional Medicare coverage.

Sanitas has more than 40 years of health care experience with over 200 facilities in South America. In 2015, the first stateside Sanitas centers were opened in Florida. Their model is focused on improving access to quality primary care services, and delivering the best health outcomes while preventing unnecessary high medical costs. This is accomplished by fostering a strong and long-lasting doctor-patient relationship with longer appointments—allowing doctors to spend more time with their patients; offering an ample mix of services so patients can have one place for most health needs; and bringing a bilingual and culturally sensitive experience—starting with the medical team and support staff, educational materials, the patient portal and disease and wellness outreach programs. 

“We’re excited to start our journey in Connecticut in partnership with ConnectiCare and GuideWell to bring our proven model of patient-centered care to the diverse community of Connecticut. These new medical centers will build on our successful centers in Miami, Florida, and our experience transforming healthcare in South America,” said Dr. Fernando Fonseca, Chief Executive Officer of Sanitas. “We believe that primary care can appropriately handle the health needs that patients have most of the time, and that quality care may mean something different for each patient. That’s why our approach to care is comprehensive and highly personalized—with a primary care medical team who knows you, speaks your language, guides you and cares for you over the long-term.”

“The Sanitas Medical Centers will help us deliver on our brand promise to make it easy for our members to get the care they need. ConnectiCare is pleased to help bring the people of Connecticut access to the high quality and culturally relevant health care provided by the Sanitas Medical Centers,” said Michael Wise, ConnectiCare’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  

“After the successful launch of the Sanitas Medical Centers in Florida, we wanted to begin to address multicultural medical needs and disparities by bringing high quality health solutions to other geographic areas of the country,” said Patel Prakash, M.D., chief operating officer of Guidewell. “By collaborating with ConnectiCare, a dedicated partner with unparalleled knowledge of the health care needs in the state, GuideWell Sanitas will be able to offer residents of Orange, Newington and Bridgeport access to a unique health and wellness experience.” 

About Sanitas

Sanitas Medical Centers is a joint venture between two leading health care organizations – GuideWell Mutual Holding Company and Organización Sanitas Internacional. GuideWell is a U.S.-based not-for-profit mutual holding company and the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming healthcare. Sanitas is a leading multinational health business group with presence in the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and Mexico. The companies are collaborating in an effort to expand access to high quality and culturally relevant health care in the United States. 

About ConnectiCare 

ConnectiCare is a leading health plan in the state of Connecticut. ConnectiCare’s mission is to make it easy for members to get the care they need. A local company for 35 years, ConnectiCare has a full range of products and services for businesses, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible. A subsidiary of Emblem Health, ConnectiCare leads the individual, Medicare and small group markets in the state, and is ranked among the top commercial health plans in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. For more information, visit or