Contact: John Broom
New physicians, more services planned
Ashtabula County Medical Center is providing $1.3 million in funding to double the size of the Jefferson Family Health Center and add jobs this year.
Work will begin in August on the project, which will bring new physicians and new services to the Jefferson facility.
"When we added our third physician in 2012, the Jefferson community embraced Dr. Andi with open arms, which reinforced our belief that more healthcare services are needed in Jefferson. The expansion to our existing facility will provide the space and equipment for those services and make access to physicians easier," said ACMC President & CEO Michael Habowski.
Once the expanded office opens later this year, ACMC will offer physical therapy, digital x-ray, full-time lab service, as well as additional office hours for physicians.
The lab, radiology and physical therapy will be available to all patients, not just those of Doctors Andi, Bishop, Cingireddi, Franley and Parker.
ACMC Family Physician Catherine Bishop, DO, began seeing patients at Jefferson Family Health Center in February. She specializes in caring for seniors, but will see patients of all ages. This allows patients to stay closer to home for healthcare tests and treatment.
Jefferson native Nathaniel Franley, MD, is currently seeing patients in the evenings at Jefferson Family Health Center. He recently completed a Family Medicine residency program at Cleveland Clinic, and is completing a fellowship in a sports medicine. He will join the Jefferson Family Health Center full-time in 2015.
"The availability of evening hours gives Jefferson-area residents more options for treatment, especially if they work outside the area. We are pleased that Dr. Franley is available now, and we are looking forward to him joining us full-time next year," Habowski said.
In addition to the two new physicians, Jefferson's current roster of physicians – Andi Tirounilacandin, MD , Laxman Cingireddi, MD, and David Parker, MD – are also welcoming new patients.
The 2014 expansion at Jefferson Family Health Center will also include a new waiting room, updated computer systems, new entrances and more.
Patients who use the Jefferson facility will also have access to electronic medical records through the EPIC system currently being used through the ACMC Healthcare System.
The Jefferson Family Health Center is located at 234 North Chestnut St., Jefferson, OH 44047. To schedule an appointment with a family physician, call 440-997-6969.