CLINTON — Bassett Healthcare Network of Cooperstown opened its newest primary-care practice in the village of Clinton on Dec. 19.
Aimee Pearce, M.D., who lives in Clinton, leads the new 5,100-square-foot facility at 34 Chenango Ave. Pearce is board-certified in family practice and will see patients of all ages. An advanced-practice clinician will join the practice in early January.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Bassett network, and I look forward to welcoming new and current patients in the Clinton location,” said Pearce, who previously served as medical director of Bassett’s health centers in West Winfield, Richfield Springs, and Edmeston.
Dr. Gerald Groff, vice president of regional operations, said patients in Clinton will benefit from Bassett’s new electronic health-record system, which makes their records available at any Bassett facility they visit, as well as from Bassett’s patient-centered, medical-home model. It’s an emerging model of care that focuses on highly coordinated care, quality, safety, and preventive care supported by the use of information technology such as electronic health records, according to Bassett. Twenty-three of Bassett’s community-based primary care centers achieved medical-home designation in 2011, including the West Winfield, Richfield Springs, and Edmeston centers.
Pearce completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her medical degree from the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Sciences Center in Hungary and was a Fulbright Scholar. Pearce completed an internal-medicine internship at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown between 2004 and 2005 and a family practice residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, where she was chief resident in 2006.