WARREN — A care center that will see patients from birth through the golden years celebrated its grand opening Wednesday afternoon at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
The Family Medicine Center, staffed by a number of residents and six rotating medical staff, has been open for just less than a month and has seen more than 20 patients, filling an apparent void in family medicine.
“We did some research into the area,” said Dr. Steven Swain, a member of the center’s staff. “There are not a lot of family doctors over here in Trumbull County.”
Swain said the Family Medicine Center will provide all the same services a family doctor would, including pediatric care, prenatal care, regular checkups for adults and women’s health care. He said the fledgling facility could handle about 40 patient visits per day — a number he would be “ecstatic” to see.
With eight exam rooms and spaces for blood draws, offices and reception — as well as a waiting room equipped with a “castle room” in which children can play — room exists to grow. Swain said he hopes the new facility will someday mark 40 years as its counterpart in Mahoning County does today.
The Mahoning County family medicine center opened its doors Oct. 3, 1979, at Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown. Although Northside closed in September of last year, the family center and the Family Medicine Residency program it houses remain operational, seeing patients daily, Swain said.
Since 1979, the Family Medicine Residency program through Western Reserve Health Education has graduated 115 family medicine residents, more than two dozen of which are practicing locally. Currently, 15 young doctors are in the program, with three more expected to join the ranks next year.
With the opening of the new Trumbull family center, residents will be split between the two facilities.
Resident Dr. Nonma Ogbonna said the facility is helpful because it serves anyone.
“A lot of patients are on Medicare or Medicaid,” Ogbonna said.
The residents said they sometimes see patients who haven’t been to a doctor for regular care for years.
“It’s important (patients) have somewhere to follow-up with,” said resident Dr. Joe Miladore. The facility, housed within Trumbull Regional Medical Center, offers access to other medical services like screenings and X-rays all under one roof.
Ron Bireman, president of Trumbull Regional Medical Center, said amid rumors of buyouts or a potential move, the medical center is “here to stay.
“This is a community we feel we can embrace,” said Bierman while speaking during the grand opening. He said the Family Medicine Center will help “interface” with that community by providing access points for those who otherwise might not be able to receive regular care.
The Trumbull Family Medicine Center is open all day on Monday and Thursday and in the morning on Friday, according to Swain. Patients can call the center for a same-day appointment.