SPRINGVILLE — This fall, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Primary Care Center will become the one-stop shop for Catholic Health patients to receive primary care services, once the Springville Primary Care Center moves into the hospital’s facility, located at 222-224 East Main St. in Springville.
“Catholic Health and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital have shared an affiliation agreement since 2009, enabling our organizations to collaborate on programs and services that benefit patients throughout southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus County and enhance care throughout the region,” said Joe McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health. “This latest collaboration is another example of ways we are working together, to strengthen community-based health services to better meet the healthcare needs of area families.”
The Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center offers a wide variety of services ranging from pediatric and adult care, geriatrics and wound care, in addition to a heart center, digital mammography and a variety of health counseling services. The center recently brought Dr. Edwin Heidelberger to its medical staff. to enable the BCPCC to serve more patients at its expanded facility. In addition, Jim Urgo, a nurse practitioner, and Deb Zizzi and Ted Steinwach, physicians assistants from the Springville Primary Care Center, will also be joining the center’s staff, to continue to provide the same level of care that patients at the Franklin street facility had come to expect.
“Bertrand Chaffee and Catholic Health share a common goal – to ensure that area residents continue to have access to high-quality health services,” said Timothy Horner, BCH Board President. “We look forward to welcoming patients from Springville Primary Care and will work hand-in-hand with Catholic Health to make this transition as smooth as possible, for everyone involved.”
Catholic Health will continue to operate a community-based outpatient clinic for the Veterans Administration at the Franklin site. All other patients at Springville Primary Care will be given the opportunity to transfer their care to the BCPCC or another provider of their choice. The SPCC will no longer be seeing non-Veteran patients after Nov. 29.
“Because of our close, working relationship with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, this transition is a natural fit,” said Senior Vice President of Service Lines for Catholic Health Richard Ruh.
“Families throughout Springville and the Southern Tier will continue to receive uninterrupted primary care services, in their own community, while we focus our efforts on improving access to specialty services within Catholic Health, to improve the overall health of this community.”
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Springville Primary Care Center are currently the only Catholic Health-affiliated providers in the area, with the next closest facilities’ located in Hamburg and Orchard Park. Laboratory services will continue to be available at the new, unified primary care center and patients will also have access to the cardiology, nuclear medicine, imaging, respiratory, surgical, respiratory, laboratory and other services offered at the BCHPCC and BCH.
Officials at the BCHPCC said that, although the volume of patients will increase after the merger, the center is prepared to handle both current patients at the SPCC as they transition to the BCHPCC and those who currently visit the BCH facility.
Patients with questions about the merger may contact the SPCC at 592-7400 or the BCHPCC at 592-8140.