KEYSER - Dr. Heather Rosen of Recovery Care, an addictions recovery center on Carroll Avenue in Keyser, is expanding her practice to include family medicine, women's health and OB/GYN services.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Dr. Heather Rosen of Recovery Care, an addictions recovery center on Carroll Avenue in Keyser, is expanding her practice to include family medicine, women’s health and OB/GYN services.
Nurse practitioner Tammy Hansford of Short Gap, who most recently worked as a school nurse with the Mineral County School system, has joined the practice and will be seeing patients Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In addition, Rosen is adding an extra day to her addictions recovery services, seeing patients on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Rosen, who had an addictions recovery practice in Pennsylvania, decided to open a center in Keyser because many of her patients were traveling the two hours from this area to her office to receive treatment.
She opened her office on Carroll Avenue last September.
She believes in treating the whole patient, so has not only been prescribing addiction medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol, but she also requires her patients to undergo counseling.
Now, with Hansford on board, she will be able to offer other medical services.
“I noticed that a lot of the people I’ve been seeing (in addictions recovery) don’t have a family doctor,” Rosen told the News Tribune.
She emphasizes, however, that the practice will be accepting new patients and a person does not have to be suffering from addiction in order to become a medical patient.
“Addictions and family health will be separate,” she said, adding that her goal is to “create a medical home for the community.
The practice is now offering onsite lab services, and will continue to add more as they physically expand to include another section of the building.
Hansford brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked at the Hyndman (Pennsylvania) Area Health Center, the Mineral County Health Department, the Allegany County Health Department, Potomac State College and Mineral County Schools, among other places.
Hansford has a certificate in women’s health, and Rosen says they will be working collaboratively with area OB/GYNs.
The center is not affiliated with any particular hospital, and can therefore refer patients to wherever needed.
They also just received permission from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy to treat Hepatitis C.
“We have been doing the testing; now we can treat it as well,” she said.
Although she’s only been in Keyser a little over half a year, Rosen says she has already seen “a lot of positive changes and a lot of success stories” in her addictions practice.
“I welcome the public to come in, meet me and meet Tammy, and see what we’re all about,” she said.
For further information, call the center at 855-502-2273.