SOUTHINGTON - Bristol Health celebrated the grand opening of its expanded location in the former Rite Aid building on Main Street Thursday.
“The Southington community welcomed us with open arms since we first came here,” said Chris Boyle, director of public relations at Bristol Health. “The Southington Chamber of Commerce have been wonderful partners in helping us get the word out. That is something that we are very grateful for.”
The building is an upgrade from Bristol Health’s former 2,200-square-foot building at 98 Main St. to 7,000-square-feet at the new 167 Main St. location. Bristol Health began planning the move last summer and had their soft opening in January.
Sana Idrees, a primary care physician employed at Bristol Health in Southington, said the new building is a big step up.
“Logistically, it gives us an advantage,” she said. “Due to the limited space at the old building, people did not have access to all of our sub-specialist physicians at one place and one time. This larger building has the ability to accommodate more sub-specialists with 12 exam rooms.”
The building will be able to offer primary care, podiatry, sports medicine, urology, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonology and general surgery services.
Gina Ruthen, senior practice administrator at Bristol Health Medical Group, added that a blood draw station is expected to open in March.
“The blood draw station will be open to the public,” she added.
Edward Henry, executive director of Bristol Health Medical Group, said that it is exciting to be open in this new location.
“We are taking the same approach that we do in Bristol with our focus being on care that is local, patient-friendly and convenient,” he said.
The new location, Henry said, was chosen because it has “great visibility” on a main road and is very convenient for patients to get to. He added that Southington is an area that Bristol Health is committed to growing in.
In order to show their commitment to Southington, Bristol Health partnered with the Southington Chamber of Commerce in several health and wellness events over the past few months. They were also sponsors of community events such as the Apple Harvest Festival and White Christmas in the Community last year.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.