The Bedford Family Health Center formally joined the community’s business and health care communities on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included board members, staff, elected officials, and representatives from the business community including Downtown Bedford Inc. and the Bedford County Industrial Development Association, and was organized by the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce.

William Kurtycz, CEO of Hyndman Area Health Center, which operates health centers in Hyndman, Bedford and Richland Township, stressed that the mission of all three centers is “taking care of the whole patient.”

He noted that “I feel like we are doing great things.”

Dr. Tom Otis, board chairman, said the organization was guided by three principles:

•Hire people with “grit,” which he defined as “hard work, passion and perseverance.”

•Maintain a growth mindset, for which he said, “failure is … part of the learning process.”

•Vision — “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there,” he said.

State Rep. Jesse Topper said he was excited that the health center leadership “sees the great potential that sometimes we miss” to provide “accessible and affordable health care.”

Kurtycz presented Topper with a photograph of his grandfather, Dr. John A. Topper, that was taken shortly after the Hyndman Family Health Center opened in 1982.

Family members, Rep. Topper said, remembered that “He was so excited to see that start.”

After the ribbon-cutting, those attending were given a tour of the facility, led by Dr. Brian Stratta, chief medical officer, Dr. Shania Stone, dental director, and Kendra Dwire, director of occupational medicine.

Stratta noted that the facility accepts all insurance — indeed alll patients, as a sliding fee scale is available for those who lack insurance. The health center is available by appointment or for walk-ins, and also offers telemedicine services.

Kurtycz said the center was not equipped to handle all situations, but was able to refer those who needed more extensive help to others who can provide the appropriate care.

The center, at 104 Railroad Street, provides medical, dental, occupational therapy, laboratory, a Healthy Kids program and help with Medicaid applications.

Contact Paul Rowan at prowan@bedfordgazette.com, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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