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St. Francis Hospital Opens Health Center in Hicksville

New facility to provide services for uninsured, underinsured

As part of its ongoing mission to provide high quality healthcare to the community regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center recently opened the Bishop McHugh Health Center at 750 South Broadway in Hicksville. The new 3,250 square foot facility will focus on providing primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. Its highly trained medical staff will provide physical examinations, lab work, x-rays, flu shots, appropriate immunizations and specialty referrals as needed.

“We realize that in these tough economic times many people are going without basic medical care because they lack health insurance,” said Ruth Hennessey, EVP and chief administrative officer of St. Francis Hospital. “The Bishop McHugh Health Center brings together our community health, prevention, and outreach efforts with primary care and will provide for enhanced continuity of care,” Hennessey added.

Patricia J. Tassinari. M.D., director of the center, said she believes it will be filling a void by providing much needed, essential medical services. “Unfortunately many uninsured patients end up in hospital emergency rooms from conditions, such as diabetes, that have escalated because they are not getting basic primary care,” said Dr. Tassinari, who has 25 years of experience in providing family medical care.

The center also accepts all major types of insurance for patients who have medical coverage. Spanish is spoken to facilitate care for patients from Latino communities and the center is convenient to reach by car or public transportation.

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiac disease. St. Francis is ranked one of the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and has earned the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence. A leader in cardiovascular care for more than 50 years, St. Francis Hospital also offers an outstanding program in vascular, prostate, ear-nose-throat (ENT), abdominal, oncologic, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic surgery. St. Francis is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI). Contact at 1-888-HEART-NY or visit us at