SOUTHINGTON - Residents can now access to more health care options with less travel with the opening of Bristol Hospital’s new multi-specialty office.
Hospital executives, town councilors, local business owners and members of the Southington Chamber of Commerce gathered at 98 Main St., next to the town green, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
The 2,000-square-foot space, in Suite 203 on the first floor, houses five examination rooms and an X-ray suite. The office is staffed by eight medical subspecialists and primary care physicians.
The suite is decorated with soothing natural scenes from around town, shot by photographer Mark Malasics. Among the locations picured are Panthorn and Recreation parks and Crescent Lake.
Kurt Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol Hospital, said the hospital is glad to be expanding in Southington.
“This is a great community and a great location,” he said. “I’ve also personally come to the Apple Harvest Festival many times and enjoyed many of your local restaurants. We are glad to be here in significant force and we’re committed to bringing specialized and primary care that will expand as your community receives us.”
“Bristol Hospital is thrilled to have a new office in Southington, which is one of our areas that is experiencing the largest growth in patients,” said Chris Boyle, Bristol Hospital’s public relations director.
Taylor Crofton, executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the new office and said she was excited by the large turnout for the ribbon cutting.
“We’re glad that we have the kind of community that people want to come to and we’re thrilled to welcome you,” she said.
Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri and members John Barry, Dawn Miceli and Victoria Triano also welcomed the new facility.
“You have always been a great neighbor to us and now you are part of the community,” said Palmieri. “You will be a great asset.”
Barry, who is a member of the regional health board, said this type of facility will give residents options, which is important in health care.
“The Town Council sees the importance of business in Southington,” he added.
Current doctors at the location are:
n Peter Bellezza, podiatry
n Christopher Betz, sports medicine
n Peter D’Addario, urology
n Roger El-Hachem, internal medicine (primary care)
n Jennifer McCallister, general surgery
n Joseph Noonan, behavioral health
n Shweta Upadhyay, pulmonary medicine
n Li Zhu, family medicine (primary care)
The new office’s hours are Mondays from noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 860-426-2851.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.