New imaging, rehabilitation therapy services at TLC’s Gowanda Clinic

GOWANDA – Patients in the Gowanda area and surrounding communities now have closer-to-home modern diagnostic imaging as well as physical therapy services, thanks to the recent addition of programs at Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center at 34 Commercial Street. Scott Butler, Divisional Director of Business Development for TLC Health Network said, “the addition of these services is part of an effort to demonstrate that, even though we don’t have a full hospital in Gowanda anymore, TLC still cares about this community and remains dedicated to providing high quality health services within the community.”

Along with the digital X-ray services already being provided, patients can receive mammograms and ultrasound testing at Gowanda in comfortable, modern facilities starting this month. “We’re so pleased to offer the latest equipment at this newly expanded and renovated location,” said Cathleen Bystrak, TLC Health Network’s Director of Imaging Services. “Patients can expect easy access to services, qualified staff, and fast results returned to their physicians.” Full field mammography testing is offered with new Hologic equipment for a range of tests, including ultrasound testing, provided on the newest unit manufactured by GE. Ultrasound testing is available for a range of vascular, abdominal, neurologic, reproductive, and men’s health issues. All studies are read by board certified radiologists. Those in need of mammography or ultrasound testing can call 716-951-7277. Routine X-ray services are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no appointments are necessary. TLC Health Network also provides a full range of Imaging services daily at its main campus, Lake Shore Health Care Center, located at 845 Routes 5 & 20, Irving, New York.

For patients in need of Physical and Occupational Therapy services, appointments can now be made for a new treatment area at Gowanda Urgent Care Center as well. According to Karen Kaminski, PT, Rehabilitation Services Department Manager, TLC Health Network, renovations were complete and new equipment was installed at the start of April. Patients may now enjoy treatment in a made-to-order, private, and comfortable setting with windows which provide the option of enjoying views of trees in natural settings. “It’s a very peaceful setting for these types of treatments,” Ms. Kaminski explained. Patients are referred to the center via physician order and assistance is provided for anyone with insurance questions. The department manager said most insurances are accepted.

Individuals appropriate for the services are most typically those recovering from accidents, surgeries, or orthopedic procedures including those for back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, or joints. Patients may also be referred with work-related issues related to ergonomics or work-place positioning and orthopedic problems such as back, neck, or joint treatment. Individuals are also treated at the new location with neurological problems – including migraines – and multiple sclerosis, strokes, or for vestibular disorders such as balance or dizziness issues. Patients may be referred to the program via primary care physician, surgeon, neurologist, or other specialist.

New equipment and facilities await patients at the new location featuring private treatment rooms outfitted with a traction table, recumbent stationary bicycle, MVP shuttle for leg strengthening, therapeutic exercise balls for balance, and modalities for pain relief including ultrasound electric stimulation units, paraffin, ice packs, and heat packs. In addition, Ms. Kaminski notes that the center features a professional Hi-Low Power Adjustable Treatment Table, a benefit for both patients and the staff for comfort and enhanced safety.

“We feel that we’ve come full circle to be returning these services to this area and carrying out TLC’s mission of caring for this community,” Ms. Kaminski noted. “We wanted to make these services more convenient for our patients.” Staffing is provided by Maureen Schichtel, PT, DPT and Andrea Reed, OTR/L. Those seeking appointments or more information may call 716-951-7270.

In January 2014, TLC Health Network officials announced the completion of major renovations and expansion at the Gowanda facility, coordinating entrances into one single admissions process for both the Urgent Care and Medical Center at 34 Commercial St. In addition, larger, more comfortable waiting rooms were provided for the public, an increased number of patient exam rooms were available and more parking was installed.

Gowanda Urgent Care offers walk-in services for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries and for those who need medical attention not serious enough to warrant a trip to the Emergency Department. Typical injuries treated include bumps, bruises, strains, sprains, cuts, scrapes, and cold and flu symptoms. The facility also offers primary care services by appointment for patients of all ages, from newborn to adults. These services range from diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses to immunizations, gynecologic services, preventative services, wellness exams, and laboratory services. New patients are being accepted, and appointments can be made by calling 716-532-8100.

Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center is part of TLC Health Network, providing quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.