BCH-PictureCatholic Health Teams up to Strengthen Primary Care Services

Catholic Health and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (BCH) are again teaming up to strengthen healthcare in southern Erie County with the transfer of Catholic Health’s primary care services from its Springville Primary Care Center at 27 Franklin St. to the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center, located within the hospital at 222-224 East Main St. in Springville.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to expand primary care services at the local level where they are needed most, while affiliating more closely with Catholic Health,” said BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen.

“Catholic Health and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital have shared an affiliation agreement since 2009, enabling our organizations to collaborate on programs and services that benefit patients throughout southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus county and enhance care throughout the region,” said Joe McDonald, president & CEO of Catholic Health. “This latest collaboration is another example of ways we are working together to strengthen community-based health services to better meet the healthcare needs of area families.”

Located less than a half-mile from Springville Primary Care, the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center offers a wide variety of services ranging from pediatric and adult care, to geriatrics and wound care. The center recently welcomed Edwin Heidelberger, MD, Ph.D., to its medical staff. A well-respected physician in the Springville community, the addition of Dr. Heidelberger will enable Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care to serve more patients throughout the area.

“Bertrand Chaffee and Catholic Health share a common goal — to ensure that area residents continue to have access to high quality health services,” said Timothy Horner, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Board president. “We look forward to welcoming patients from Springville Primary Care and will work hand in hand with Catholic Health to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved.”

Catholic Health will continue to operate a Community Based Outpatient Clinic for the Veterans Administration at the Franklin Street site. All other patients at Springville Primary Care will be given the opportunity to transfer their care to the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center or another provider of their choice.


Richard Ruh, MD, senior vice president of Service Lines for Catholic Health, said, “Families throughout Springville and the Southern Tier will continue to receive uninterrupted primary care services in their own community, while we focus our efforts on improving access to specialty services within Catholic Health to improve the overall health of this community.”