Saint Joseph Clinic, a new family practice, will open in Everett on Aug. 12. The clinic will initially be open four days a week in an office at the home of Dr. Bernadette Flynn, with plans to move to a larger facility as the practice grows. House calls will be available for patients who are unable to come to the office, and video visits will be an option for established patients.
Dr. Flynn was born in Bedford County and is an Army veteran. She attended Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee and completed her residency in family medicine at UPMC Altoona in 2019. She also completed a year of training in preventive medicine and public health at Stony Brook University and is certified in lifestyle medicine. Dr. Flynn explained that she became interested in lifestyle medicine during her medical training.
“The leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, accidents, lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Most of these are chronic diseases that can be controlled with good nutrition, physical activity and stress management. It’s not easy to change habits, but it’s possible and worth the effort,” Flynn said.
Saint Joseph Clinic will provide primary care for all ages, including well and sick visits and chronic illness management. Lifestyle medicine can be used along with standard medical treatments and will also be offered as a consultation service for patients who want to continue seeing their existing primary care doctor. The clinic is a nonprofit organization and will offer periodic healthy living classes to the community free of charge and will also provide low-cost care for the uninsured.
Dr. Flynn is accepting new patients with Medicare, Medical Assistance/Medicaid, private insurance, or those who are working but uninsured. Saint Joseph Clinic is an independent practice not affiliated with a hospital system.
“The independent, nonprofit status of the clinic means that it is no-frills and it lets me spend more time with patients, understanding their concerns and building trust, which is so important in improving health,” Dr. Flynn said.
Though the clinic may appear old fashioned and the doctor makes house calls, technology is present with electronic records, a patient portal and telehealth.
New patients who use the internet are encouraged to visit the clinic’s website at https://stjosephclinic.org, or visit the clinic’s page on Facebook. Saint Joseph Clinic can also be reached at 814-344-7411. An open house is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 41 W. First Street in Everett for anyone who would like to stop by, see the office and meet Dr. Flynn.