Anderson and Thomas Fazio, MD, president of Pentucket Medical, believe the new Andover Medical Center & ExpressCare will help open the door and expose more people in town to what is available locally.
“This allows them to get good medicine for relatively minor, common, nuisance problems that they have. We think that’s also a great entree into our practice, and into the Lawrence General, because there may be some hesitancy with some of the patients in that area wanted to get started with the hospital or with a physicians group,” said Fazio. “But if they go in and see its a well run organization that is doing the right things, that lessons those barriers.”
The Andover center will have both primary care and specialists, who will work at Beth Israel or the Tufts Floating Hospital some days and at the Andover center other days. Doctors who live locally may be attracted to work at the center.
“[This site] allowed us to go into an area that we thought was deficient in the number of doctors that were actually in that area anymore. That’s useful for the primary care point of view,” said Fazio. “Plus there’s this concept of urgent care - a good concept - that people can’t many times get in to see their primary care, because their schedules are such that its difficult to do that.”
The “ExpressCare” part of the center is the place to bring kids who were injured on the soccer field, or to treat things such as injuries from falls, sinus infections, fevers and back aches.
The center is expected to be completed later this year.
“Right now everyone is talking about the cost of health care,” said Anderson. “We’re all about keeping care local at an affordable, high quality that’s right in our hometown.”
LGH says its procedures can cost $10,000 less than those being done in Boston.