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Apeksha PatelHeritage Valley Multispecialty Group Welcomes Apeksha Patel, MD

Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Family Practice Associates - Hopewell welcomes Apeksha Patel, M.D., to the practice.

Dr. Patel completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver Falls, PA after obtaining her medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Osbourn, Antigua. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and the Beaver County Medical Society

Heritage Valley Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Stroke Quality Achievement Awards

Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Heritage Valley Beaver has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

Heritage Valley Sewickley has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  

Additionally, Heritage Valley Beaver is also recognized on the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Recognized as a UPMC Health Plan Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence

The Orthopedic Institute at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is proud to announce that it has been designated a UPMC Health Plan Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence.

This UPMC Health Plan program recognizes surgical facilities and orthopedic surgeons that demonstrate high quality outcomes, low complication rates and the best patient experience for UPMC Health Plan members in need of joint replacement surgery.

“Hip and knee replacement surgery is a serious decision,” said Thomas F. Brockmeyer, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Orthopedic Institute. “Patients who choose MVH’s Orthopedic Institute are choosing a facility that has demonstrated high quality performance and commitment to UPMC Health Plan’s high standards for patient-centered care, best outcomes and continuous quality improvement that achieves the best results and minimizes complications.”

Magee-Womens Research Institute Partners with Penn State Behrend to Create $26 Million Cancer Research Center in Erie, PA
By Robb Frederick

The Magee-Womens Research Institute has partnered with Penn State Behrend, UPMC Hamot and the Erie Community Foundation to create a $26 million cancer research center in Erie, PA.

MWRI selected Erie as its first expansion site in part because of the high number of families who remain in the region across generations. That data pool will allow researchers to study how genetics affect certain cancers, including ovarian and breast cancers, that occur at elevated rates in Erie County.

Penn State Behrend will co-locate faculty members and student researchers at the institute’s downtown facility, which will be affiliated with UPMC Hamot, and at a new biomedical commercialization and translational research lab in the college’s Knowledge Park. Both sites will support economic development in Erie by sustaining and building on MWRI Erie’s clinical research.

MWRI is the largest research institute in the United States devoted exclusively to the health of women and infants. The Pittsburgh-based institute has led the nation in National Institutes of Health funding for reproductive health research since 2007.

“This initiative has the potential to transform Erie, directly improving the health of generations of women who live here,” Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “It also will stimulate the region’s economy, creating a new hub for clinical and collaborative medical research, and for the start-up companies and products that build on the results of those medical studies.”

Penn State Behrend faculty members and MWRI Erie researchers will use the lab and additional equipment, including the college’s scanning electron and confocal microscopes, to develop and commercialize diagnostic tests, surgical devices and start-up ventures that advance MWRI Erie’s local clinical trials.

The lab also will provide space and instrumentation for bench experiments, including human genetic studies, data analytics and medical-device prototyping.

An initial $6 million grant from the Erie Community Foundation launched the project, which will be supported by additional funding from Penn State Behrend, the Hamot Health Foundation, UPMC and the Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation. Each entity will invest a minimum of $5 million in MWRI Erie.

Heritage Valley Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Stroke Quality Achievement Awards

Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Heritage Valley Beaver has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

Heritage Valley Sewickley has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Heritage Valley Health System Announces Cameos of Caring Awardees

Heritage Valley Health System announces the 2019 Cameos of Caring Awardees.

Christine Duran, RN, works on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Ohio Valley Hospital. She graduated from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 2015 and at graduation was the recipient of the Ronita DiClemente Nursing Award based upon her strong academic performance, enthusiasm and motivation while completing the program, development of critical thinking and clinical judgement and professional representation of the hospital and program.

Abbey Inches, RN, works as part of the PRN Pool at Heritage Valley Sewickley. As a float nurse, Abbey enjoys helping patients that are in the hospital for a variety of reasons. Her goal is to always make patients and their families feel less scared and inspire confidence that they are receiving the highest quality care.

Nancy Johnson, RN, currently works as a part of the IV Therapy Department at Heritage Valley Beaver. Nancy has grown her career substantially over the past 25 years. She is PICC Line certified and chemotherapy certified and has helped develop current guidelines and policies for the hospital. Nancy has also used her talents outside of the hospital as a certified respite nurse at Camp Woodlands and a CPR instructor for the Red Cross.

Heritage Valley Health System Earns 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recognition

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced that Heritage Valley Health System has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7 in the Hospital and Ambulatory categories. The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

St. Clair Hospital Named a ‘Most Wired’ Hospital
 
St. Clair Hospital has been named a Level 8 Most Wired hospital in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ (CHIME) 2019 Most Wired Survey. A Level 8 designation highlights hospitals that have deployed technologies and strategies (e.g., population health/cost-of-care analytics, HIEs/integration engines, and patient portals) to help them analyze their data and are achieving meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes.

UPMC Health Plan Expands Commitment to Holistic Diabetes Wellness

UPMC Health Plan has announced a bold, comprehensive, and holistic wellness program to help Pennsylvanians who have diabetes or diabetes risk factors manage their care.

Beginning in 2020, UPMC Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage product, UPMC for Life, will offer most members reduced copays for diabetes medications. Members will also continue to have no copay for a select set of preferred generic diabetes medications.

“When they use a preferred pharmacy or mail order, UPMC for Life members will be able to purchase a three-month supply of insulin for $20, which can lead to potential savings of over $300 each year,” said Chronis Manolis, chief pharmacy officer at UPMC Health Plan. “In addition to insulin, we are also making additional prescriptions more affordable for our members by reducing copays for all brand diabetes medications on our formulary. These efforts will help our UPMC for Life members achieve a healthier life and better manage their long-term conditions.”

All brand diabetes medications on the UPMC for Life formulary will be moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2, which means UPMC for Life members will have copays as low as $10 for a 30-day supply when they are filled at a preferred pharmacy in 2020. In addition, UPMC for Life will continue to offer many commonly used medications at a $0 copay for preferred generics (Tier 1).

Members receive the biggest cost savings when filling a 90-day supply at a preferred pharmacy location across Pennsylvania, including Giant Eagle, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, and Walmart or by using mail-order, which provides an added convenience.



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