Bassett health center opens in Andes
Andes — Bassett Healthcare Network has opened the doors on a much needed and highly anticipated new primary care practice on South Main Street in Andes.
The 2,800-square-foot health center was constructed by O’ Connor Hospital and is staffed by Bassett providers. Dr. Susan Fiore, a well-respected and well-liked physician who lives in the area, is the facility’s medical director.
“I am so excited to be in Andes and able to offer our medical services to people living in the area,” says Dr. Fiore. “By establishing a health center in this location, Bassett and O’Connor Hospital are helping to address a shortage of primary care physicians in the Tri-County Region. In particular, our aging population will find this facility close to home and more convenient than having to travel a greater distance for their health care.”
Dr. Fiore will see patients of all ages Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bassett patients with a doctor’s order to have blood drawn may do so at the Andes facility, and physician ordered injections can also be handled at the Andes clinic.
In addition to Dr. Fiore, the health center in Andes will be staffed by licensed practical nurse Janine Sprague and administrative office assistant Tracey Hood. Rich Morley will be the health center’s manager.
O’ Connor Hospital, part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, launched a Primary Care Connections Campaign last summer aimed at raising $2.5 million to build the Andes health center and expand and renovate a primary care facility on the hospital’s Delhi campus. Both projects are now complete and help address the needs of the region’s aging population.
A study by the Center for Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health at the University of Albany showed a deficit in the number of primary care physicians needed in the region. And while the county’s overall population has declined, the number of older people has increased by 5.5 percent.