From a mid-west farm to Finger Lakes Community Health

Meet Dr. Rachel Long. She began her career in medicine with the desire to serve those most in need. Joining the National Health Service Corps while in medical school gave her the opportunity to experience this first hand. Originally from the mid-west, Dr. Long came to the area to do her residency at the University of Rochester; after completing her medical degree in osteopathy at Kirksville College. Serving those in need has always been the driving force behind Dr. Long’s work. In addition to her time in the National Health Service Corps, she organized and coordinated a volunteer project for her residency class working with Rochester Roots, a local non-profit organization that works with inner...

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Let’s start your year off right with these health tips for everyone!

With the new year comes a clean slate. Another chance to adopt new, healthy habits and keep up the old ones. And we’re not just talking about healthy eating and staying active, preventive health is just as important to your overall health. Now is a good time to review some healthy reminders to take into the new year. Primary Care Providers matter Do you have a primary care provider (PCP)? If not, now is the time to choose one. A PCP is the key to overall good health. You want to start by establishing a relationship with a clinician, such as a physician, family nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, someone who wants to get...

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Treating patients like family makes this dentist special. Meet Dr. Naimov in Port Byron.

Dr. Sadriddin Naimov has always had a passion to help others. In fact, it’s the reason why he chose to pursue a career in dentistry. He says that having the ability to take away the pain from his patients is gratifying. Helping patients with varying dental conditions is what influenced Dr. Naimov to practice general dentistry. “General dentists have the opportunity to treat many different conditions which was much more attractive to me,” he says. One of the ways that Dr. Naimov treats his patients is by welcoming them as if they were his own family. It’s his approach to patient care and it has brought him success throughout his career. Dr. Naimov joins...

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This Health Center Feels Like Home. Meet PA Matthew Thuja!

Matthew Thuja – PA-S, Ovid Community Health Matthew Thuja has always had a strong interest in all aspects of medicine. From working with people, to the science behind it, and to serving his community — he loves the fact that there are so many different ways to enjoy a medical career. Matthew chose to work as a primary care physician assistant because it allows him to develop long-term relationships with his patients. His approach to patient care is to not only treat the illness, but to also prevent it and promote wellness. He says, “Sometimes problems can be treated very effectively by natural methods which may include exercise, a healthy diet, and even strengthening...

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Helping Others Comes Naturally for this Family Nurse Practitioner. Meet Janine Brink in Geneva.

Janine Brink, FNP-BC Simply put, Janine Brink chose a career in medicine because she enjoys helping people. From working 16 years in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, emergency medicine, she finds that it comes naturally to care for others. With a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she can now also manage her patients’ care and educate them to make their own choices at Geneva Community Health. Working for a community health center is very important to Janine, as she strongly believes that everyone deserves health care screening and prevention. “I feel that this organization’s mission and vision is how healthcare should be delivered no matter the age, income, race, or background of the...

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Dr. Jose Canario Joins Finger Lakes Community Health as Medical Director

Penn Yan, NY — October 17, 2016 — Finger Lakes Community Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Jose Canario has joined the organization as their new Medical Director overseeing the clinical staff. He will also be seeing patients at Ovid Community Health. “Working for a community health center is important to me due to that word: community,” Dr. Canario says. Throughout the past ten years as a physician, he has come to realize that understanding a population through its individuals and families helps with the treatment of many health problems. Community involvement and the overall health of all its members are central to improving the health of his patients. Dr. Canario’s approach to...

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Good news! We can detect Colon Cancer before it is cancer!

By Dr. Rob Shelly, a physician with Finger Lakes Community Health, sees patients at Sodus Community Health. And that’s very good news about Colon Cancer, says Rob Shelly, M.D. at Finger Lakes Community Health. Though Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men (after prostate cancer and lung cancer) and women (after breast cancer and lung cancer), we have several tests that detect it before it becomes cancer. And there’s more good news…. The rates of new colorectal cancer cases and deaths among adults aged 50 years or older are decreasing in this country due to the many options for early detection.  Screenings can often find the disease at an...

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Why do I need a primary care provider?

If you’re very healthy, you may ask yourself, why have primary care? What is the value of a primary care provider? A primary care provider is the key to good health. You’re even asked to select a primary care provider when choosing health insurance. Start by establishing a relationship with a clinician, such as a physician or physician assistant, who goes beyond just getting to know you personally, but allows the provider to give you healthcare solutions that are specifically tailored to you. After all, you are unique and your healthcare should be too! Four benefits of having a primary care provider Better to know you! Your provider will be more familiar with your...

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Staying Healthy in Rural Areas

The following article appeared in the Finger Lakes Times. Click here or read below. http://bit.ly/1vJuU2p Rural Americans face healthcare challenges… but they also have more options than ever. In many rural communities of the United States, health disparities are more prevalent than in urban areas, leading to higher rates of chronic disease, more people living in poverty and a lack of adequate resources.   Rural areas experience more gaps in services, especially in the areas of chronic disease management, dental and mental health conditions. Rural communities have higher rates of uninsured people and fewer physicians to serve them. In November we will celebrate National Rural Health Day and take the opportunity to create awareness for the challenges...

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View our new TV Spots. “The better we know you, the better your care.”

That’s the theme of our new ad campaign that you will see on Time Warner Cable stations. They feature the providers of Finger Lakes Community Health. So whether you live in or around Geneva, Penn Yan, Sodus, Ovid, or Port Byron, our health centers are here to provide primary care, pediatrics, dental, and reproductive health services. Get to know us. Call us at 315.531.9102. We are accepting new patients. Click below to view the television commercials:    ...

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A Dentist with a Mission to Serve

Dr. Neal Johnson, DDS – Geneva Community Health Dr. Neal Johnson is a compassionate and industrious man.  He is active in his church whether he is traveling as far away as Zambia or Thailand, or helping to build a Family Life Center in his own community.  For Neal, being a dentist is also a ministry. Dentistry runs in the Johnson Family.  Not only was his father a dentist, now one of his sons continues in the profession as well. Dr. Johnson has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years.   After selling his own private practice, Neal wanted to continue to serve people. He joined Geneva Community Health to do just that. As Neal states,...

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NEED HELP FINDING HEALTH INSURANCE?

LOOK NO FURTHER. WE MAKE APPLYING EASIER. Finger Lakes Community Health has added three people to its staff to help with health insurance enrollment. They have been specially trained to help with finding new health insurance options on the New York State of Health Marketplace. “With the Affordable Care Act many more people are now eligible for health insurance but finding and applying for it can be confusing. Our Certified Application Counselors/Navigators have been trained by the Community Health Care Association of NY (CHCANYS) and the NYS Dept. of Health. Our Certified Applications Counselors/Navigators help them find and apply for the appropriate insurance. We take the hassle out of getting health insurance,” says Mary Zelazny,...

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Ovid Community Health Opens New Medical and Dental Facility

Penn Yan, NY — October 3, 2013 — Mary Zelazny, CEO, Finger Lakes Community Health, is pleased to announce the opening of the Ovid Community Health at 7150 N. Main Street. The new facility has over 4,500 sq. ft. of clinical space with four medical exam rooms and four private dental suites. “We are excited to offer the community this new health center with three experienced providers. We have medical, dental, reproductive health, and behavioral health services available,” says Mary Zelazny, CEO Finger Lakes Community Health, an independent group of community health centers. “With our new health center we are able to see patients right in their community by an experienced medical provider. Joining...

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Sodus Community Health achieves 100% immunization rate for children

Sodus, N.Y. — The Wayne Post announced that Wayne County Public Health recently completed an immunization survey at Sodus  Community Health. The immunization survey looks to see how many children, ages 19 to 35 months receive the recommended vaccines; Dtap, Polio, MMR, HIB,  Hep B, Varicella,  and Pneumcoccol Conjugate13. The National Immunization Survey indicates that 66 percent of children in New York, excluding New York City, are age appropriately  immunized by age 35 months of age. Sodus Community Health has achieved 100 percent immunization coverage for  its 19 to 35-month-old children. Last year they reached over 90 percent. For questions about what immunizations a child needs and when, call Wayne County Public Health at 315- 946-5749 or...

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Dundee Dental moved to 6 Stoll Street

Dundee Dental Health is now located at 6 Stoll Street. The new offices will have the same great providers and services our patients are used to but in an updated expanded office space with expanded hours. This new facility allows for more complex, restorative work like crowns and bridges. Call for an appointment 607-243-7080. Our providers, Dr. Matt Woolsey, Phyllis Scoffield (hygenist), and their team are pleased to be able to offer these services to patients including: Oral Hygiene & Instruction   Examinations X-Rays Amalgams/Composites (white fillings) Routine Extractions Root Canals Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures Teledentistry   Now accepting new dental patients. Open Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 to 5:00. Call 607-243-7080....

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