Two Family Practice Doctors Join Carondelet Medical Group in Sahuarita
Carondelet Health Network is proud to announce an expansion of services at the Carondelet Medical Group Sahuarita office in the Fry’s Marketplace. Beginning October 3, two new family practice doctors will begin seeing patients at this location. The new physicians are Dr. Jason Bessey and Dr. Lauren Bessey. The last name is no fluke; the Besseys are indeed a husband and wife medical team.

To allow for this expansion in medical staff at the Sahuarita office, the Walk-in Clinic located in Sahuarita (15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita) will be moving to the Carondelet Medical Group Office in Green Valley (400 Camino Casa Verde, Suite 100) beginning on September 26. Hours for the Walk-in Clinic will remain the same: Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Patients who visit the new Walk-in Clinic location in Green Valley will see many familiar faces as the physicians who will attend to their immediate medical needs are the same doctors who operated the Walk-In Clinic at the Sahuarita location: Michael Beals, D.O., Richard Klassen, D.O., Stephanie Hulme, FNP-C, Lucia Esparza, FNP-BC, and Moira Shannon, M.D.

The relocation of the Walk-in Clinic precedes the opening of the Carondelet Sahuarita/Green Valley Urgent Care at the Carondelet Medical Mall in Green Valley. Construction to reconfigure existing space into an onsite Urgent Care began this summer. Carondelet hopes to open the Sahuarita/Green Valley Urgent Care in December. Once the Urgent Care opens, the Walk-in Clinic will no longer be necessary.

“We are so proud to be expanding in multiple locations in Sahuarita and Green Valley,” notes Paula Register, Senior Vice President, Physician, Ambulatory and Continuum Services for Carondelet Health Network. “Carondelet has been a vital part of these growing communities since the mid-1990s. We have always been committed to meeting the needs of families and seniors living in the area, and the addition of two new doctors specializing in family practice in Sahuarita and the opening of our new Urgent Care in Green Valley for residents of both communities highlights that commitment.”

The 26,000 sq. ft. Carondelet Medical Mall in Green Valley offers primary care, diabetes care, Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care, outpatient x-ray and imaging, and appointments with physicians in a wide variety of specialties including gastroenterology, neurology, nephrology, obstetrics, gynecology, podiatry, orthopedics, and heart and vascular care. The addition of the Carondelet Sahuarita/Green Valley Urgent Care will not only provide quick, convenient access to this valuable imaging and lab services within the Medical Mall, it will also include ambulance bays for immediate transportation of patients to Tucson if a higher level of care is needed. Carondelet Health Network’s St. Mary’s Hospital is located just 25 miles from this new Urgent Care facility in Green Valley. If a patient presents at the Urgent Care with signs of a stroke or heart attack, they can be transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, a nationally recognized center of excellence for the care of stroke and heart-related illnesses.

The initial hours of operation for the Carondelet Sahuarita/Green Valley Urgent Care are expected to be 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dr. Lauren Bessey

Dr. Bessey received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of California, San Diego. She attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. Dr. Bessey completed her residency in Family and Integrative Medicine in Kansas City. She believes in treating each patient as an individual and caring for the whole person. She practices traditional, osteopathic and integrative medicine and enjoys caring for entire families. Dr. Bessey is particularly interested in preventive medicine, pediatrics and women’s health. Dr. Bessey is married to Dr. Jason Bessey. They have one child. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, quilting and reading. Dr. Bessey participates with most health insurance plans and will be accepting new patients at the Carondelet Medical Group office in Sahuarita.

Dr. Jason Bessey

Dr. Bessey obtained his bachelor’s degree from Baker University in Kansas. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his Family Medicine residency in Kansas City, where he also obtained a fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Bessey believes in promoting wellness in addition to treating illness. He believes in patient education and strong physician/patient communication and truly enjoys caring for whole families. He treats all age ranges of patients including pediatric, young adult, adult and geriatric. His interests include sports medicine, preventive and integrative medicine as well as pediatrics and women’s health. His hobbies include hiking, traveling, gardening, playing/watching soccer and competing in triathlons. His favorite pastime, of course, is playing with his one-year-old son. Dr. Bessey participates with most health insurance plans and will be accepting new patients at the Carondelet Medical Group office in Sahuarita.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly fourteen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, three Carondelet Specialist Group offices, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at