Friday, September 22, 2023

Community Health Center Opens Feb.6

By Christine Cote

Director Rita Maroldo told the Herald Monday from that date forward, the center would be taking patients Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
It received its license from the state for a primary care facility last week.
The center will treat anyone who is three months old and above, said Maroldo. The targeted patient group is those on Medicaid or the underinsured, those “who may be limited in coverage or those patients who cannot find services elsewhere,” said Maroldo.
For now, Maroldo, who is a nurse practitioner, will be the main health care provider along with two certified medical assistants and one LPN.
She has physicians, “who are in collaboration and who will come on board,” as business at the center increases.
On Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 7, Dr. Nicholas Giorgianni, a board certified podiatrist from Delaware County, Pa., will be at the center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. He will provide foot care, including wound and diabetic care, to children and adults.
Since Volunteers in Medicine, which is located across Route 9 a quarter-mile north, currently provides health care to those who are uninsured, Maroldo said that the center’s initial focus will be on those who may have some form of coverage but not enough to secure private services.
Walk-ins will be taken, but appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 465-0258.
Maroldo asks “if there’s no answer, please be patient,” over the next week or so since she is not there everyday to answer the phone and it is not set up to take messages yet.
If a call goes unanswered, Maroldo asks that the caller try again.
Once the center opens, calls will be sent to a central scheduling center for appointments.
Contact Cote at: ccote@cmcherald.com

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