SAINT FRANCIS DEDICATES ELLINGTON FACILITY Medical Office Houses Primary Care, Specialist, Laboratory Services

(ELLINGTON, Conn., July 1, 2010) – Saint Francis Care has dedicated its new Ellington Medical Office with a ribbon-cutting and facility tours.

The 15,000 square-foot facility is housed in a one-story, colonial-style structure located at 137 West Road. It includes facilities for primary care services, specialists, laboratory services and educational programs. Primary care services are provided under the direction of M.P. Saiyed, M.D., a board certified family medicine physician.

“I am excited to be practicing in this state-of-the-art facility, supported by the technologically advanced resources of Saint Francis, a pace-setting institution,” he said.

Dr. Saiyed provides diagnosis and treatment for such conditions as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Preventative care and travel medicine are also available. Office hours for adults and children are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to noon.

Time-share office space in the facility will soon be utilized by gastroenterologists Michael Butensky, M.D., and Martin Hoffman, D.O., and endocrinologist Socorro J. Vargas, M.D.

On-site laboratory services providing routine chemistry, blood drawing and screenings are offered through Collaborative Laboratory Services, a Saint Francis Care partner, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed daily 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

“On behalf of the citizens of Ellington and its neighboring towns, I welcome the commitment in personnel and this facility by the key regional provider Saint Francis Care. To Saint Francis Care, this may represent a smart investment in the demographics of our growing and aging population center, but for many of our residents who have been well-served at the first-rate Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, in Hartford, this is like a home visit with continuing local primary care. I expect that many more area residents will think of this facility that way. For Ellington, this facility represents your faith in our future. I trust that neither party will be disappointed,” said Ellington First Selectman Maurice W. Blanchette.

“Ellington is a dynamic community on the rise. Saint Francis is pleased to be here and we look forward to meeting this community’s growing medical needs with the advanced and compassionate caring that are the hallmarks of Saint Francis,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, the Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.