Kathryn Anzalone, wife of the late Dr. F. Fanancy “Snow” Anzalone
(center), take a place of honor as a ribbon cutter for North Oaks Primary
Care Clinic—Independence on Aug. 25. Joining her, from left, are:
Guy Recotta Jr., North Oaks Board of Commissioners Chairman; James E.
Cathey Jr., North Oaks President/CEO; A.J. Bodker, North Oaks Board of
Commissioners Vice Chairman; Dr. Anthony D. Haase III, clinic physician;
Hayley Matherne, clinic manager; and Town of Independence Mayor Michael
Ragusa. The Town of Independence and North Oaks jointly hosted a ribbon
cutting and open house to introduce Internist/Pediatrician Anthony D.
Haase III of Loranger to area citizens on Aug. 15.
From left, Medical Assistant Amie Arnold, Clinic Manager Hayley Matherne,
Dr. Anthony D. Haase III, and Medical Office Specialists Denise Brann
and Betty Devall welcomed the residents of Independence and the surrounding
communities to North Oaks Primary Care Clinic-Independence.
– More than 200 guests turned out Thursday, Aug. 25 to welcome Dr.
Anthony D. Haase III of Loranger to North Oaks Primary Care Clinic—Independence.
The celebration, held from 5 -7 p.m. at the newly renovated clinic, was
sponsored jointly by the Town of Independence and North Oaks Health System,
and included a ribbon cutting and open house. The Rev. Howard Adkins of
Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church offered the invocation, and the Independence
High School U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the Colors
and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The program featured remarks from North Oaks Board of Commissioners Chairman
Guy Recotta Jr., Dr. Haase, North Oaks President/CEO James E. Cathey Jr.
and Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa, who expressed how much the reopening
of the clinic full-time means to the community. Punctuating the program
were remarks offered by Kathryn Anzalone, wife of the late and beloved
Dr. F. Fanancy “Snow” Anzalone, who originally opened the
clinic and practiced there for nearly 50 years until his passing 2 years
ago. She expressed how happy she was that the community had come together
to help with the celebration and give Dr. Haase such a warm welcome. “It’s
a wonderful tribute to my husband and our family,” she explained.
Following the ribbon cutting, guests visited and celebrated with refreshments
provided by the town, tours of the clinic and a teddy bear first aid activity
for the children.
North Oaks Executive Vice President/COO Michele Sutton noted, “When
we first met with Dr. Haase, he shared that he wanted to return to his
hometown, and we were thrilled. We are truly humbled and appreciative
of the overwhelming support and warm welcome extended to him by the Town
of Independence and surrounding communities.”
With a double specialty in pediatrics and internal medicine, Dr. Haase
not only diagnoses and treats common illnesses, but also can manage complex
health concerns, as well as provide preventative care for entire families
(age 6 and up). A self-described “local boy” who moved to
Loranger with his family as a teenager, he made a promise to come back
and serve his community after medical school. Dr. Haase earned a bachelor’s
degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Biological Sciences/Chemistry
before earning his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU)
School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his internship and residency
through the LSU Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program in New Orleans.
When asked what attracted him to practicing in Independence, Dr. Haase
points to the privilege of caring for his neighbors and friends. “There
is no equal to these relationships,” he explained. “I know
what’s cooking on Sunday for some of my patients, I get to find
out how the steers are doing at market, and I’m getting to catch
up with old friends still in the area.”
Located at 230 Masonic Drive, North Oaks Primary Care Clinic—Independence’s
hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. To schedule an appointment
with Dr. Haase or for more information on accepted insurance plans, please
call (985) 878-4174.