FULTON, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ With the availability of local, affordable healthcare becoming more important each day Oswego County Opportunities continues to play a major role as a healthcare provider for those who live in Oswego County.
Since its inception OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Fulton Health Center has provided a wide array of healthcare services such as family practice, pediatrics, adult medicine, womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health services and education.
Nurse practitioner, Nancy Bidinger has been with OCO since 1993.
She has seen thousands of patients over the years and recognizes the impact that OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health centers have on the community.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur health centers are staffed with medical professionals who provide a high quality of healthcare.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â When you are dealing with an economically and socially underserved population the needs are much greater. Therefore we go above and beyond with our efforts to provide our patients with excellent healthcare and support that will help them in making a better life for themselves,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Bidinger.
While OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Health Centers offer a full range of healthcare services for the whole family, they also focus on womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s reproductive health issues.
In that area OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Health Centers offers the following womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health services:
PAP Smears, STD Testing, Breast Exams, Colposcopies, HIV Testing, Birth Control Methods, Pregnancy testing and Options counseling, Infertility screening and counseling.
OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Health Centers have been focusing on the importance of HIV testing and will be participating in the 14th Annual National HIV Testing Day on June 27.
According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, approximately 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV or AIDS.
Out of the million, about one quarter don’t know they are infected; not knowing puts them and others at risk.
Do you know your status?
OCO Health Centers are always accepting new patients.
To schedule an appointment, call 592-7877 or www.myspace.com/4condoms
In an effort to make quality, affordable healthcare available to even more people in Oswego County, OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Health Education Division has launched a new referral program that rewards existing patients with a $5 Fastrac gas card for each new patient that accesses OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health services.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe are hoping to raise awareness of our womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health services and remind women not only in the greater Fulton area but throughout Oswego County that the healthcare services they need are only a phone call away,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â added OCO health educator Carolyn Handville.
OCO Health Centers participate with most commercial health insurances and has options for the uninsured.
All womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health services are offered at a sliding fee scale, making them affordable to all individuals.
In addition, Fulton Health Center has a staff member on site to enroll patients into multiple state health insurance programs.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe strive to make healthcare affordable to allÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â added Handville.
OCOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Fulton Health Center, located at 522 S. Fourth St., Fulton, is open Mondays from 8 a.m.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 5 p.m. and alternating Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the services available, or to make an appointment, call 598-4790.
OCO Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency, supported by United Way, and includes seven service divisions ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Senior Services, Transportation, Mental Hygiene, Health, Youth, Services to Aid Families, and ChildrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s.
For more information, call 598-4717 or visit www.oco.org