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January 6, 2013

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NORTH ANDOVER — Dr. Joseph Sliwkowski, a board-certified physician in family and sports medicine with twenty years experience in acute care, including urgent care, sports medicine and occupational medicine, is bringing Doctors Express, a new concept in consumer-focused health care, to North Andover. Through his new practice, Dr. Sliwkowski will serve residents of North Andover and the Merrimack Valley, giving patients quicker access to healthcare professionals while unclogging overburdened emergency rooms across the region.

State and local officials, members of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce and others joined Dr. Sliwkowski and his medical and business staff at a grand opening celebration on Dec. 6. Doctors Express North Andover is located at 129 Turnpike St.

The goal of Doctors Express is to provide an alternative to over-crowded emergency rooms for non-emergency treatment, and to offer patients a place to be seen when their doctor’s office is closed or fully booked.

Dr. Sliwkowski and his medical staff will provide treatment for non-life-threatening illness and injuries, such as earaches, fractures, lacerations, and infections, using state-of-the-art digital X-ray and lab services on site.

Doctors Express North Andover will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most major insurance plans are accepted, as is Medicare, and affordable cash options are available for those without insurance. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be available. For more information, visit doctorsexpressnorthandover.com.

WATERTOWN — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announces nearly $1 million in new funding to 31 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2012. In total, the foundation distributed approximately $2.8 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations in 2012.

Included in the Cycle 2 2012 grants is the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, which received $10,000 to fund its Mobile Pantry Program. The Mobile Pantry helps homebound low-income elderly and disabled individuals in Greater Lowell to maintain good health. The program delivers free nutritious foods and health information monthly, offering eligible clients better nutrition to develop healthy eating habits and reduce and/or prevent food insecurity.

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