WELLSBORO - A new Guthrie clinic officially opened Thursday with a ribbon cutting Thursday in the plaza.
At 24,000 square feet, the new, expanded office, doubles the size of Guthrie's former offices on Water Street.
The $3.2 million project renovated the property in the former Ames building. It includes 28 exam rooms and ancillary services such as chemotherapy and imaging for patient convenience, said lead physician Dr. David Pfisterer.
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The new Guthrie Clinic and Medical Center officially opened with a ribbon cutting Thursday in Wellsboro. Shown with members of the clinic’s staff are Wellsboro Mayor Jim Daugherty, Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge; clinic lead physician Dr. David Pfisterer, cutting the ribbon; state Rep. Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro; Tioga County Commissioner Mark Hamilton; Guthrie Health President and CEO Dr. Joseph Scopelliti; and Tioga County Commissioner Roger Bunn.
Pfisterer said the need in the community for expanded services was determined following a market analysis of patients from Tioga County who use Guthrie's medical services in Sayre and at Robert Packer Hospital.
"We worked with an outside health care company that used Medicare data to predict which services are and will be needed here," he said.
Surgeries will be done at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, keeping services local, he added.
Guthrie Health President and CEO Dr. Joseph Scopelliti said Guthrie has had a presence in Wellsboro since 1983 and plans to stay.
"We've made a pretty significant investment here and we will be here for awhile," he said.
Included amongst the dozen doctors and 30 staff are physicians specializing in vascular medicine and oncology, something that was needed locally, Scopelliti said.
"This will eliminate the need for patients to travel to Sayre," he said, as will a new chemotherapy suite.
"Our new infusion center will expand cancer services," he said.
Most of all, he said, the staff at Guthrie will make the biggest impact on patients and their health.
Pfisterer agreed, saying that the new facility and its staff "will go a long way in improving health outcomes in northern Pennsylvania."