Board-Certified Emergency Physicians Join UrgentCare Express at Harrington

Harrington Physicians

Dr. Mary-Elise Smith, Dr. Kathy Finn, and Dr. Josh Flanagan

CHARLTON, Mass. – August 10, 2015 – Harrington HealthCare has named three board-certified physicians who will work at its recently announced urgent care center. Dr. Mary-Elise Smith and Dr. Kathy Finn have joined UrgentCare Express at Harrington as staff physicians, and Dr. Josh Flanagan has been named Medical Director.

The urgent care center, which will provide walk-in medical care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, is scheduled to open in September. It will be located inside the Harrington HealthCare at Charlton building at 10 North Main Street.

“It is important that we offer our patients the best quality of care possible,” said Kristin Morales, Executive Director of Harrington Physician Services, Harrington’s primary care and multidisciplinary group. “To do this, we are staffing UrgentCare Express with board-certified emergency physicians. Not all urgent care is created equal, and we believe that our doctors will make the difference.”­­­­

Dr. Smith is currently employed at UMass Memorial Medical Center as an Attending Physician in its Emergency Medical Department and is also the director of its Emergency Preparedness Education and Training program, and the Division of Disaster Medicine & Emergency Management.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate of Medicine, both from New York University, as well as a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia. She also completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Smith is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and has won numerous honors and awards, including “Woman of Distinction” from Girls Scouts of America.

Dr. Kathy Finn has been with Harrington for several years as an Attending Physician in the Harrington Emergency Departments (in Southbridge and Webster) and the Harrington Wound Care Center. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Adelphia University in Garden City, NY and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines. She also completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and is certified in in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

In addition to his role as Medical Director, Dr. Flanagan will continue working in the Harrington Emergency Departments as well as serve as one of the on-site physicians at the new urgent care center. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Middlebury College in Vermont as well as a Doctorate of Medicine from UMass Medical School, where he also did his residency in Emergency Medicine. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

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