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New doctor joins River Community Care staff

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — River Community Care is back to operating with four medical providers, reducing wait times for appointments.

Dr. Lauren Roman, a family medicine physician, recently joined Dr. Aaron D. Huizenga, family nurse practitioner Jennifer D. Alberry and physician assistant Amanda Rydberg at the primary-care clinic, 6 Fuller St., adjacent to River Hospital.

“She’ll get us back to our original strength in the spring of 2012,” said Ben Moore III, hospital chief executive officer. “We may go to a fifth provider. It depends if the demand’s still there.”

The clinic averaged 12,513 patient visits in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, it was certified as a patient-centered medical home level three, the highest level in the North Country Health Information Partnership. That model has a primary care doctor central to a patient’s case, so the doctor can quickly find out whether the patient has been admitted to a hospital and whether follow-up is needed.

Dr. Roman most recently was interim deputy commander for clinical services at the Fort Drum Army Medical Department Activity.

She completed her residency and internship in family medicine at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, after graduating from medical school at the University at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

For an appointment at River Community Care, call 482-2094.

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