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Do you know your family's medical history?

Did your sister, mother or grandmother have breast cancer or heart disease? Does early-onset diabetes run in the family?

Knowing your family's medical history is important, and you just never know what else you may learn about your family tree!
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Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving coming up, now is a great time to inform your host or ask your guests if there are any food allergies.

A great way to handle this is to volunteer to bring some foods for everyone that you've made and know you can eat. Hosts almost always appreciate it when the guests chip in!
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Please be advised that our Urgent Care Center at 531 Faunce Corner is closing at 6 p.m. tonight. The center will be open regular hours over the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hawthorn Medical opens new medical facility

November 2014

531 Faunce Corner Road

531 Faunce Corner Road

On Monday, November 10, Hawthorn Medical opened the doors to a new medical building and began seeing patients at 531 Faunce Corner Road on its North Dartmouth campus.

This unique and streamlined 126,700 s/f, three-story facility was designed to optimize patient comfort and convenience while providing physicians and staff an environment to better coordinate patients’ care.

“By relocating most of our providers and services on one campus, patients have easier access to their doctors and specialty care services. This maximizes patient convenience while increasing our efficiency,” explains James Gularek, Hawthorn Medical’s Chief Executive Officer. He adds, “Physicians and staff now have an environment that will allow them to work as a team to better coordinate patients’ care.”

Hawthorn President James Tracey, MD, adds “As Hawthorn continues to grow, we want to remain focused on enhancing the medical services we provide to our patients. This state-of-the-art facility gives us the space to do that. It was designed with patients in mind and services have been located in a way that makes it easier for patients.”

A better way of caring

The goal of building this facility, and moving providers and staff to the new site, is to give patients comprehensive medical care in one location.

First Floor

The first level includes an expanded Urgent Care Center; the Orthopedics Department; a larger Rehabilitation Services area with natural light, private treatment areas, dedicated space for sports medicine treatment and new cardio equipment; the Laboratory, with six drawing stations; and a more spacious Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology department with all new equipment for x-ray, 64-slice CT, MRI and ultrasound.

Second Floor

On the second level, a bright and cheerful Pediatrics area with separate check-in and waiting areas serves the younger patients. Hawthorn Obstetrics & Gynecology (formerly Healthcare for Women) is located in its own area near the Women’s Center.

The new Women’s Center has separate registration and waiting areas and features a private mammography area, breast ultrasound, OB ultrasound and bone density testing.

Third Floor

The third level has a central registration area for check-in. All Family Medicine and Internal Medicine physicians are located here. The space was designed to specifically meet the needs of the “medical home” model of primary care practice. Medical home is the current model of “best practice” of delivering high quality primary care.

Concussion myths and facts

November 2014

Are you an athlete of any age, or the parent of an athlete? Do you coach, train or officiate at school or community sports? If so, start the next sports season by attending “Concussion Myths and Facts” with sports medicine specialist Dr. Chad Beattie on Wednesday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Fairhaven High School Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Beattie will explain concussion basics in easy-to-understand terms, why a second concussion can be more damaging than the first, how concussions can be diagnosed and treated, and the value of ImPACT testing in helping return athletes to play.

Presented by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, this program is free and open to the public. To register, call Steward DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959.

Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD

Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD

November 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD, who has joined the group practice. Dr. Fitzhugh is an experienced Emergency Medicine physician who will begin seeing patients at Hawthorn’s Urgent Care Center when it moves to 531 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, on Monday, November 10.

Dr. Fitzhugh earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Boston City Hospital. Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Fitzhugh has past experience as an Emergency Department physician at Newport Hospital and most recently worked at an urgent care center in Warwick, Rhode Island.

New Patient Portal goes live

October 2014

On October 1, Hawthorn Medical’s new patient portal, StewardCONNECT, goes lives. Patients can activate an account by going to www.stewardconnect.org. Click on “Patients Click Here” then “Create Account.” The portal will allow patients to connect securely with their doctor and medical team online, and to view and verify health information. Patients will be able to access health information associated with a visit to a Steward provider or hospital. This includes details of your medications, allergies, conditions, lab and vital signs as documented during the visit.

James L. Chen, MD, PhD

James L. Chen, MD, PhD

Dr. James Chen to have primary care practice

Dr. James Chen, a physician currently at Hawthorn’s Urgent Care Center, will open his own internal medicine (primary care) practice on November 10. He will see patients at Hawthorn’s new facility at 531 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Chen earned his PhD in Molecular Biology as well as his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook on Long Island. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine with Brown University at Miriam Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Prior to coming to Hawthorn, Dr. Chen practiced at Aquidneck Medical. He will see patients at Hawthorn’s new facility at 531 Faunce Corner Road. For patient convenience, Dr. Chen will have some evening appointments available.

Appointments can be made by calling the New Patient Coordinator at 508-996-3991.


Lauren E. Hale, MD

Lauren E. Hale, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes pediatrician

September 2014

Hawthorn welcomes Pediatrician Lauren E. Hale, MD, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at Hawthorn Pediatrics, 49 State Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Hale is a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River and Brown University. She earned her medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Hale is accepting new pediatric patients of all ages including newborns. Appointments can be made by calling 508-991-2255.


Hawthorn Medical awards scholarships to area high school seniors

July 2014

2014 scholarship winners

2014 scholarship winners

Just eight years ago, Hawthorn Medical established a scholarship program for graduating seniors in local public high schools who are pursuing higher education to become healthcare professionals.

With this year’s scholarships, Hawthorn Medical has awarded a total of $177,000 to 59 outstanding students to help support them in their goal.

Each of the following recipients received a $3,000 scholarship and will begin college in the fall of 2014.

  • Andrew Driscoll, Apponequet Regional High School, will study Nursing at Northeastern University;
  • Emma Porto, Dartmouth High School, will attend Quinnipiac University to study Nursing;
  • Paige Teves, Fairhaven High School, will study Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth;
  • Hayley Napier, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, will study Dental Hygiene at Mount Ida College;
  • Emma Finnerty, New Bedford High School, will study Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med at Boston College;
  • Rachel Brown, Old Rochester Regional High School, will study Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University;
  • Julia Valeri, Westport High School, will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst to study Biochemistry/Molecular Biology; and
  • Jade Shing, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, was awarded the William Holliday III, MD, Memorial Scholarship to study Nursing at Curry College.

Hawthorn Medical’s scholarship program promotes and encourages academic preparation in the field of healthcare in areas such as nursing, pre-med, radiological technology, laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and physical therapy.


Concussion Myths and Facts

August 2014

Are you an athlete of any age, or the parent of an athlete? Do you coach, train or officiate at school or community sports? If so, start the next sports season by attending “Concussion Myths and Facts” with sports medicine specialist Dr. Chad Beattie on Wednesday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 pm at Fairhaven High School Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Beattie will explain concussion basics in easy-to-understand terms, why a second concussion can be more damaging than the first, how concussions can be diagnosed and treated, and the value of ImPACT testing in helping return athletes to play.

Presented by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, this program is free and open to the public. To register, call Steward DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959.


Patricia M. Myers-Gurevitch, MD

Patricia M. Myers-Gurevitch, MD

Nephrologist joins Hawthorn Medical

July 2014

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome Nephrologist Patricia M. Myers-Gurevitch, MD, who has joined the group practice. She sees patients at 537 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Myers-Gurevitch began her medical career as a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Practitioner. She then graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Nephrology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell.

Dr. Myers-Gurevitch provides specialty care for patients with disorders involving the kidneys including chronic kidney disease, acute kidney failure and hypertension. She has been involved in renal disease clinical research at New York Presbyterian Hospital Nephrology and Hypertension Division. Board certified in Internal Medicine, she is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Nephrology, American College of Physicians and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Myers-Gurevitch is accepting new patients.


Dilma H. Silva, MD

Dilma H. Silva, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Dilma H. Silva, MD

June 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Dilma H. Silva, MD, an Internal Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Silva has practiced in the area for 17 years. She earned her medical degree from University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine de Lisboa, Portugal, and completed a Family Practice residency in Portugal. She also completed an Internal Medicine residency at Medical Center of Central Massachusetts/UMass Memorial Campus. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Silva is welcoming previous and new patients. She is fluent in Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole.


Paula V. Freedman, MD

Paula V. Freedman, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Paula V. Freedman, MD

June 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Pediatrician Paula V. Freedman, MD, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at Hawthorn Pediatrics, 49 State Road, Dartmouth.

For the past two years, Dr. Freedman has been a staff physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston. A graduate of State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, she completed a residency in Pediatrics at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Freedman is board certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Freedman will be accepting new pediatric patients of all ages including newborns.


William Caplan, MD

William Caplan, MD

Home Care Alliance names Dr. Caplan “Physician of the Year”

June 2014

William Caplan, MD, who works closely with Community Nurse & Hospice Care of Fairhaven, was named “Physician of the Year” by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts for his strong support for and promotion of the home health and hospital industry. Dr. Caplan was honored at the Alliance’s recent Home Care Innovations Showcase & Star Awards ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

“Dr. Caplan understands that home is where patients want to be cared for,” said Community Nurse & Hospice President/CEO Jane Stankiewicz. “He embraces home care as an integral part of his patient’s care plans, also knowing that utilizing appropriate home care and community resources can save money and improve patient outcomes.


Michael J. Mitchell, MD

Michael J. Mitchell, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Michael J. Mitchell, MD

May 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Michael J. Mitchell, MD, who has joined the group practice. Dr. Mitchell will see patients at Hawthorn’s Urgent Care Center, 237A State Road, North Dartmouth.

Dr. Mitchell, a board-certified Internal Medicine physician, earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. Dr. Mitchell has more than 12 years of experience and was a member of the Hawthorn medical staff from 2005-2008. Most recently, he was chief medical officer at Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Maryland.


David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP

David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP

Hawthorn Medical welcomes David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP

February 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. He will see newborns, children, adolescents and adults at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Clark has practiced in the Dartmouth area for 13 years. A graduate of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a Family Medicine residency at Penn State Geisinger Medical Center and a fellowship of the American Academy of Family Practice. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Clark is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.


Pamela L. Coury, MD

Pamela L. Coury, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Pamela L. Coury, MD

January 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Pamela L. Coury, MD, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Coury is a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree. She completed a Family Medicine and Community Health residency at University of Massachusetts-Worcester Family Practice. She practiced at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center for six years, the Community Health Center of New London, CT, and most recently at Prime Medical Associates. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Debby M. Almeida, MD

Debby M. Almeida, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Debby M. Almeida, MD

December 2013

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome Debby M. Almeida, MD, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Almeida has practiced in the Dartmouth area for five years. She is a graduate of Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, and completed a Family Medicine residency at Albany Medical Center. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Almeida is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts Medical Society.


Karen S. McGinnis, MD

Karen S. McGinnis, MD

Hawthorn Medical welcomes local dermatologist

November 2013

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome local dermatologist Karen S. McGinnis, MD to their 535 Faunce Corner Road location. Dr. McGinnis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Dermatology and a fellowship in Cutaneous Oncology. She is a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

Board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. McGinnis specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of dermatologic conditions. She is also an expert in the surgical and medical management of skin cancers, including melanoma. Of interest, she is the fourth generation of female physicians in her family.

Dr. McGinnis is accepting new patients for appointments beginning January 3, 2014. Appointments can be scheduled now by calling 508-996-3991.


Hawthorn Medical holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new building

September 2013

On Wednesday, September 4, Hawthorn Medical hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art medical facility that is being built adjacent to Hawthorn’s main 535 Faunce Corner Road facility in Dartmouth.

groundbreaking
The 126,700 s/f, three-story building will expand Hawthorn services onto one campus and include a women’s center, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, a rehab center, OB/GYN services, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, a walk-in urgent care center and administration space. Occupancy is expected in the fall of 2014.

This will be the fourth project on Hawthorn Medical’s Dartmouth site developed by Summit Smith Healthcare Facilities. In the building design, patient flow from registration to waiting to care areas and convenient access to imaging, laboratory and rehabilitation services were priorities.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hawthorn CEO James Gularek said, “Our goal is the continuous enhancement of the medical services we provide to the community. In merging our physicians and support professionals onto one main campus, we are making it easier for our patients to access the services they need.”


Elaine Wu, MD

Elaine Wu, MD

Hawthorn Medical adds family practice physician

September 2013

Hawthorn Medical Associates is pleased to announce that Elaine Wu, MD, a Family Practice physician who has worked in the Hawthorn Urgent Care Center for 10 years, will now have a primary care practice. She will see patients at 237A State Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Wu earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Albany Medical College in New York. She completed her residency with Brown University Family Practice, Memorial Hospital of RI and served as Assistant Chief Resident. She is board certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Wu is welcoming children and adults as new patients. For patient convenience, Dr. Wu will have evening appointment times available. Appointments can be made by calling 508-996-3991.