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Healthy You Wellness Center Opens

Pulmonary Health Physicians, Kinney Drugs and Franciscan Companies Celebrate the Opening of Healthy You Wellness Center inside Kinney Drugs 

SYRACUSE –Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC, Kinney Drugs, and Franciscan Companies, an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, observed the opening of the Healthy You Wellness Center on Monday, February 10, at the new center, located inside the Kinney Drug Store at 104 Lafayette Road in Syracuse.

Healthy You Wellness Center is the first of its kind in New York State. Patients with a sudden onset of a pulmonary problem or who need follow-up after being discharged from the hospital no longer need to wait for a doctor’s appointment or go to the emergency room.

“Healthy You is positioned to allow patients timely, convenient access to pulmonary health professionals who will assist and support them, offer education, and manage their respiratory condition to improve or maintain their quality of life and help to decrease or eliminate the burdens of their disease,” said Dr. Thomas Aiello, Pulmonologist with Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC.

Staffed by specialists from Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC, the Healthy You Wellness Center will focus on patient care for respiratory disease management. Services include assessment, treatment and management for chronic conditions such as COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma, as well as additional preventive health services such as the common cough and cold, flu, allergies and sinus infections.

“Access to convenient and affordable health care is a growing concern for the communities that we serve.  We expect this problem to only worsen as millions of more patients gain medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act without a corresponding increase of medical providers available to treat them,” said Mike Duteau, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Relations for Kinney Drugs. “The Healthy You Wellness Center at Kinney Drugs is a collaborative effort designed to address the need for greater access to affordable health services in the Syracuse market, bridging the gaps in care coordination among healthcare providers and ultimately resulting in improved patient health outcomes.”

As part of this initiative, Kinney’s and Franciscan are stocking respiratory/pulmonary- related medical equipment and supplies in the store including nebulizers, CPAP equipment and other popular items. In addition, Franciscan Respiratory Therapists and nurses will conduct educational seminars and screenings on-site, with a focus on disease prevention and education. The goal is to advance patients knowledge on topics such as flu prevention, smoking cessation and proper use of prescription inhalers.

“We are excited to offer this multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare with nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and physician pulmonologists,” said Frank L. Smith, Jr., President and CEO of Franciscan Companies. “Together, we are advancing patient care in the community with convenient access to an advanced level of care. We want patients to live home and live well, and Healthy You accomplishes that.”

The current hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 315-492-0248.

About Franciscan Companies

With services covering 14 counties in Upstate New York and three counties in Pennsylvania, Franciscan Companies is a member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center system. It provides a variety of health-related products, services and programs to patients and consumers throughout the area, including medical equipment, respiratory therapy, sleep disorder treatments, home care services, wellness programs, Lifeline medical alert, medication dispensers and more.

About Kinney Drugs

Kinney Drugs Inc. is a leading pharmacy healthcare company that strives to provide the highest-quality pharmacy, health, and retail services in the communities served. Founded in 1903 by Burt Orrin Kinney, the company has grown into a diversified pharmacy healthcare network that offers retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefits management, and institutional pharmacy services. Kinney Drugs’ retail pharmacy operates 100 drugstores in Central and Northern New York and Vermont, as well as a distribution warehouse.

Kinney Drugs is an employee-owned company headquartered in upstate New York. For more information, visit www.kinneydrugs.com.