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Published on January 06, 2014

Primary Care Expands at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital



UHS News Release
Release:  Immediately
Contact:  Linda Lewis-Moors, 337-4093 or community_relations@uhs.org
January 7, 2014


UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital announces an expansion of UHS Primary Care hours.  “Local residents seeking convenient health care for both prevention and illness will have greater access to appointments because of our new and enhanced services,” reports Chris Kisacky, Vice President of Operations.

 “In response to urgent and non-urgent health care needs in our community, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is taking a proactive approach to providing high quality healthcare services in the appropriate settings for optimal results,” stated Dr. Drake Lamen, President and CEO at the hospital. 

“Expanding access and convenience for our patients is at the heart of the changes we are making,” he stated.  “Our plans in 2014 include increasing access to primary care in several ways because we believe that having regular, consistent primary care, with appropriate follow-up is essential to every person’s health. Access to convenient primary care will also help our patients avoid unnecessary urgent care visits.” 

Same-day appointments and the ability to welcome new patients into practices are foremost in those plans. “We have added to our selection of primary care providers which should enhance access to convenient appointments,” reports Kisacky. Among the new professionals are Mushtaq Sheikh, MD, an experienced geriatrician, and Pat Mitchell Bowman, FNP, a nurse practitioner with extensive geriatrics experience, who are both staffing a new UHS Geriatrics practice at 4 Newton Avenue in Norwich. “We are so happy to add this new specialty practice to serve the special healthcare needs of seniors in the Norwich area,” said Dr. Lamen. 

Two other experienced primary care providers, Mahmoud Fathalla, MD, and Tom Burkert, PA, also have joined the complement of primary care providers in the local UHS Primary Care offices. Dr. Lamen also announced, “We are very pleased to offer our patients a Saturday morning Convenience Clinic at 4 Newton Avenue, in Norwich from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning on Saturday, January 18.” The Saturday Convenience Clinic will serve both pediatric and adult patients by appointment. UHS Primary Care practices have also expanded office hours in some locations so that patients will be able to have earlier morning and later evening appointments.

“We really want to ensure that people are addressing their healthcare needs on a regular basis with an emphasis on convenience, continuity and communication with their healthcare providers,” Ms. Kisacky stated. “In order for us to make this work for our patients, we are asking them to call for an appointment.  We will do our best to get them in to see a provider the day they call.”

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of UHS, a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

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