Health Check: Mancini Senior Center adds medical services

The Mancini Senior Center in North Providence has expanded to include medical services for residents. (WJAR)

The Mancini Senior Center in North Providence has expanded to include medical services for residents.

The senior center has received attention from several local communities as a first in southern New England.

Once a week, The Cedar's, which offers nursing and rehabilitation care, records blood pressure readings of members.

Now, residents will have access to a cardiologist to assist, as well.

"We are hoping we can provide preventive measures to our senior center, educate them how to live healthier and live longer," said Dr. Ibrahim Elgabry, a cardiologist.

Elgabry's vision is shared by Mayor Charles Lombardi, as the senior center is becoming a department of the town of North Providence at the beginning of the year.

"We want our seniors to come here, frequent this facility, increase the membership, but more importantly, make sure that they understand that, you know, we care," said Lombardi.

A recent ribbon cutting ceremony solidified the partnership, which will include Elgabry overseeing the workouts in the fitness center. Elgasbry will also offer office hours one day per week.

"And we'll increase our availability as needed. We hope that we have a multi-disciplinary program, including primary care," said Elgabry. "The next steps, we're talking about opening a little pharmacy so that those seniors that need the pharmaceutical help or services can get it here. It'll be like a one-stop senior center."

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