Primary Care

Clifton-Fine Hospital's Primary Care Clinic is a convenient way to keep your entire family healthy. We provide a full range of services for patients of all ages, including: routine physicals, preventative care, immunizations and seasonal vaccines, pediatrics, women’s health, medication management, integrated behavioral health services (outpatient), vital sign checks, school and sports physicals, pre-operative testing, care for short-term illnesses and injuries, and management of chronic conditions (such as asthma, high blood pressure, or arthritis).

Your Patient-Centered Medical Home

We want your healthcare experience to be the best it can be. That’s why we recently adopted Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) as our principal care model. This team-based model of care, led by a primary care provider, emphasizes the importance of an ongoing patient-provider relationship for long-term health and utilizes a team-based approach to improve your patient experience. Your PCMH team works together to coordinate all of your health needs, including management of chronic conditions, behavioral health, visits to specialists, hospital admissions, information about preventative screenings, check-ups, and tests.

For more information about the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, please visit ncga.gov.

Our providers are here to help you live a healthier life!
Dr. John Carthy
Erin Birchenough, FNP-C
Deborah Body, FNP-C
Jacqueline Snyder, RPA-C
Brett Bunker, RPA-C
Brandy Baillargeon, FMHPNP-BC
Kathleen Elmer, LSCW-R

Now accepting new patients!  Make an appointment today.
315-848-5404

Our Hours:
We know you’re busy. That’s why Clifton-Fine Hospital's Primary Care Clinic offers expanded hours, making it even easier to get the healthcare you need, when you need it.
Monday – Friday • 7:00am - 6:00pm

Appointment Cancellations:
We understand that things happen that may cause you to be unable to keep your scheduled appointment, whether it’s inclement weather, transportation issues, or simply the hectic pace of life. If you are unable to keep your appointment as scheduled, please call us at 315-848-5404 as far in advance as possible. By canceling your appointment ahead of time, you allow us to offer that time slot to a patient in need, while providing you with the best options for rescheduling.

Friendly Reminders from the Primary Care Clinic

• Same Day Appointments
If you’re sick and need to be seen as soon as possible, our staff will schedule you for the next available appointment – often that same day. After hours, or for more critical needs, the Clifton-Fine Hospital Emergency Department provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

• Free Blood Pressure Checks
Now you can have your blood pressure checked with no appointment needed. Simply stop by any time the Primary Care Clinic is open to have your blood pressure taken. This service is offered as a courtesy to our patients and there is no cost to you.

• Surgical Pre-Op Testing
If you’re an established patient preparing for a surgical procedure at another hospital, any required pre-op testing can typically be done right here at the Primary Care Clinic. Remember to schedule an appointment at least two weeks in advance of your surgical procedure. 

• Care Management
We now offer free Care Management services at the Primary Care Clinic. Care management is a service that guides families and individuals of all ages with disabilities, chronic diseases, or other health needs as they navigate the complex information and choices related to caring for themselves and their loved ones. Your provider may recommend and refer you to Care Management depending on your needs and health conditions. Our Patient Care Coordinator, Liza Darou, RN, will help you with the many aspects of managing your health and will work with you to create a care plan based on your needs and goals. She will assist with managing medications and symptoms, self-management of your chronic conditions, preventive health, knowing when to call the office for an appointment, as well as coordinating care between your doctor, pharmacy, specialists, testing centers, hospitals, and other services such as transportation and home care. Care management services will be provided in person at the clinic and with phone check-ins depending on your needs and preferences. 

• Department of Transportation (DOT) Physicals
Clifton-Fine Hospital's Primary Care Clinic is certified to provide Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (DMVs) to receive regular physical examinations, which are highly regulated for the drivers’ safety. They detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle. 

Rural Health Clinic Designation:
Clifton-Fine Hospital's Primary Care Clinic recently received its official designation as a Rural Health Clinic (RHC). The RHC program is intended to increase access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. Achieving this designation demonstrates Clifton-Fine Hospital’s commitment to providing both much-needed care to the southern St. Lawrence County area, and the highest level of healthcare possible for our patients.