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The Chautauqua Center adds staff and breast cancer awareness event

Dr. Safa Lohrasbi

The Chautauqua Center is excited to announce the addition of a new board-certified OB/GYN who is currently accepting new patients at their Dunkirk site, 319 Central Ave, Suite B. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Safa Lohrasbi received his Doctor of Osteopathy from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Wash. He served as the Chief Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Lohrasbi will be providing a wide range of preventative care services including pap smears, STI testing, pelvic exams and ultrasounds. He will also provide healthcare during pregnancy, prenatal care and family planning services. Patients from all over Chautauqua County are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

To help announce their newest provider, the Chautauqua Center invites the community to this month’s free Breast Cancer Awareness Events: The Dunkirk MammoGrammy’s will be held today at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 30 Lakeshore Drive E, Dunkirk, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A similar event will be held one week later in Jamestown on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Chautauqua Center, 107 Institute Street, Jamestown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The events feature free onsite breast exams performed by Lohrasbi. Same-day mammograms will be available for eligible participants with free transportation to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown. To receive a mammogram, participants must have a prescription from their provider. If you are not a Chautauqua Center patient, call your provider ahead of time and bring your script to the event.

The events celebrate health, increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and encourage both men and women to be proactive in getting screened. Free massages, food, gift cards and a Chinese Auction add a fun spin to the gatherings.

The events are sponsored by the Clarion Hotel Conference Center and BlueCross BlueShield of WNY with donations of service or goods from: The Cutting Crew, E2CCB BOCES, DJ Sixto Rosario, Laurie Schultz of the Fitness Bunker, Andrea Pagels LMT, Labyrinth Press Company, Jamestown Brewing Company, Panache Salon & Day Spa, Full Moon Rising Bakery, Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio, Fresh and Fancy Flowers and Gifts, Salon Belle Vie, Forbicci, Lotus Healing Center and Samsara Yoga Center. Other partnering organizations include the American Cancer Society, the Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group and Cancer Service Program of Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua County.

The Chautauqua Center has locations in Dunkirk and Jamestown and is always accepting new patients. Services include primary care, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, dental care, substance abuse services, insurance enrollment and pharmacy.

The Chautauqua Center accepts all insurances, offers a sliding fee scale, and offers payment plans. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.thechautauquacenter.org. To schedule an appointment for you and your family, call 363-6050 to speak with a bilingual patient registration specialist.

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