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For better health in the Northeast

Veronica Hill-Milbourne, Spectrum’s president and CEO, cuts the ribbon.
From left: Councilman Mike Driscoll, Rep. Pat Gallagher, Donny Smith.

From left: Councilman Mike Driscoll, Rep. Pat Gallagher, Mike Serverson.
From left: Sen. Jim Dillon, Councilman Mike Driscoll, Rep. Pat Gallagher, Veronica Hill-Milbourne, Mike Serverson, Mayor Jim Kenney, Donny Smith.
From left: Sen. Jim Dillon, Rep. Pat Gallagher, Veronica Hill-Milbourne, Councilman Mike Driscoll, Donny Smith, Mike Serverson, Keith Xiao.
From left: Councilman Mike Driscoll, Rep. Pat Gallagher, Mayor Jim Kenney.

SpectrumHealth, 3525-27 Cottman Ave., last Friday hosted a grand opening and open house, attracting city, state and neighborhood officials.

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SpectrumHealth services include pediatric and adult primary medical care and dental care, OB-GYN, HIV/AIDS outreach, behavioral health, weight management and care coordination.

Veronica Hill-Milbourne, Spectrum’s president and CEO, cut the ribbon and welcomed Mayor Jim Kenney, state Rep. Pat Gallagher, City Councilman Mike Driscoll, state Sen. Jim Dillon, city Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Mayfair Business Improvement District executive director Donny Smith and Mayfair Civic Association president Mike Serverson.

SpectrumHealth has been in business for 55 years. Other offices are in North Philadelphia, Grays Ferry and West Philadelphia. The new 10,000-square-foot site is in the former home of the Mayfair Theatre and a pharmacy.

Hill-Milbourne said clients are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. She thanked her board of directors and promised a world-class experience for patients, adding that customer service is in her staff’s DNA. She recalled, in 2019, the city identified “underserved” areas for healthcare.

“Northeast Philadelphia was one of those areas,” she said.

Kenney said nothing is more important than health, while Gallagher said he appreciated the investment in Mayfair. Serverson thanked SpectrumHealth for following up with the community after getting civic association approval.

Bettigole credited SpectrumHealth with providing more than 12,000 vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to offer everyday services such as blood pressure screenings and diabetes care.

Driscoll said the area near Frankford and Cottman avenues is the heart of the Northeast.

“This particular block needed a partner like you,” he told SpectrumHealth officials.

Driscoll called SpectrumHealth a “beacon.” He noted that Philadelphia has faced headwinds the last couple of years, but he sees tailwinds in 2023 due to waterfront development and expanding businesses such as SpectrumHealth.

“I can’t thank you enough and can’t congratulate you enough,” he said.

Hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.spectrumhs.org. ••

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