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C. Islip med center opens doors to community

A recently opened medical center in Central Islip will hold a “family fun day” Saturday to showcase the facility and the services it offers to community residents.

The Family Health Care Center, at 267 Carleton Ave., operated by the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, formally opened Thursday. It replaces an outdated clinic on the NYIT property.

Thomas Scandalis, the college dean, said the new facility plans eventually to serve 15,000 patients from the immediate community, and it will help fill a void left by Suffolk County’s closing in the fall of a community health clinic.

“We intend to provide services to all comers, all types of managed care, major medical plans and those enrolled in lower income coverage,” Dr. Scandalis said, adding the facility has a scaled-payment program for those who uninsured.

The new center, with twice as many exam rooms as the previous facility, provides familiy medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and psychological health services. It can provide minor breast surgery procedures, genetic counseling, physical and occupational therapy, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Scandalis said, and will be staffed by 20 college faculty members.

Tomorrow’s event, from 9 a.m. to noon, will include free “ask the doctor” sessions, blood pressure checks and diabetes screening, tours of the new facility, Zumba classes, raffles and face painting for children.


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