Perth, NY…Littauer’s Perth Primary Care Center located on Highway 30 in Perth, is now offering mammogram screenings, Dexa bone scans and x-rays services of the lungs and limbs. “The service is available to anyone with a doctor’s order, you need not be a Littauer patient.” stated Hospital Spokesperson Cheryl McGrattan.
Mammogram screenings are generalized exams, used to evaluate breast health. Dexa (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) bone scans are a means of measuring bone density. It is the most widely used and most thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology. The Dexa Scan is typically used to diagnose and follow osteoporosis. “Bone health should be taken very seriously.” stated Hospital Spokesperson Cheryl McGrattan. She continued, “According to statistics 50% of all woman and 25% of all men over the age of 50 will have an osto-related fracture in their lifetime.” She added, “And according to GE Healthcare “20% of patients will die within one year of a hip fracture. Bone health is serious. And we are so pleased we can offer this service now, as May is osteoporosis month.”
“Undoubtedly this is a huge boon to this area. Any time we bring preventative and diagnostic services into the community, our area benefits.” stated Jan Carstens, MD, a practitioner at the Perth site. She explained, “I am thrilled to offer this convenience to my patients.”
The new diagnostic equipment is housed in the center’s new expansion. In February Littauer finished the expansion to their primary care center. The addition adds about 2000 feet in new treatment and office space. “The expansion is barely noticeable from the street” stated Laurence E. Kelly, Hospital President and CEO, “but it gives us valuable elbow room.” He added, “Simply put, the center is exploding in growth!”
The expansion is due to a huge influx in patient visits to the center. In 2008 the center had 10,123 visits and in 2009 they reported 15,448 visits, an increase of 53%. Littauer also added 3 additional primary and specialty care physicians to the center in 2009. The physical expansion includes more treatment areas, diagnostic imaging capabilities and soon it will have greater access to parking.
The center’s hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 Monday thru Friday. The facility also offers lab services, seeing about 20 patients a day. Lab services are offered from 8:00am to 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday.
“We knew we could add more space if need be, but we thought that might be warranted in a few years time not in a few months.” Mr. Kelly explained. He stated, “Our Perth Primary Care Center is our mission realized- bringing our services into the community.”