PORT HENRY - Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the Hudson Headwaters group have announced that they will be sharing the resources of a pediatrician, beginning this summer.
Dr. Michael Celotti, a Port Henry native, will be establishing practices in both Elizabethtown and Moriah in early August.
Celotti has been working with Community Care Pediatrics of Saratoga since 2004.
"I'm very excited to begin working in my hometown," said Celotti. "It's a very nice feeling, as a professional, to be able to return to the area I call home and offer my expertise to the children and families of the region."
According to Elizabethtown Hospital CEO Rod Boula, the community has been requesting pediatric services for nearly six years; and trying to attract a pediatrician to the area has been a challenge.
"The Essex County area has traditionally lacked pediatric services," he said. "The hospital's community surveys have indicated a real need; and our hospital responded through a unique partnership with the Hudson Headwaters Network. It's important that our area residents have access to the services they need close to home."
Celotti believes that the very thing that drew him to pediatrics is what brings him home.
"It's all about family. Families need to be healthy and strong. I have a genuine interest in helping children and genuine compassion for their families," he said. "Since my own extended family lives in the area, I want to be nearby for them, too."
Celotti completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.