St. Clair Hospital HouseCall_Vol V Issue 3
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VOLUME V ISSUE 3 2 HouseCall Center of Healthcare in Peters Township Page 2 The New INSIDE: A floor-by-floor breakout of the state-of-the-art diagnostic services and the outstanding physicians available at St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Centerâ€“Peters Township. See Page 2. plus Spotlight On New Physicians I St. Clair Delivers Picture-Perfect Family Birth Center I Guided Imagery I Hospital Reaches Out To Refugee Population I Community Health Needs Report Available I Summer Swing Memories ContinuED GroWtH St. Clair HoSpital’S new $20 million faCility ServeS patientS and pHySiCianS in tHe growing peterS townSHip area. ON JUNE 3, THE ST. CLAIR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CENTER IN PETERS TOWNSHIP OFFICIALLY OPENED ITS DOORS. L ike its sister Outpatient Center in Bethel Park, the Peters Township location is designed to allow patients, if necessary, to see multiple physicians and access the diagnostic services they need in one day, all under one roof. The exterior of the two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility features a portico drop-off to protect patients and visitors from inclement weather. The surrounding landscaped campus includes free parking for 180 vehicles and a Safe Zone Walkway to and from the building’s entrance. The new Outpatient Center is green, utilizing sustainable principles and materials in an eco conscious way. No mechanical equipment has been placed on the roof. Instead, it has been mounted behind the building in a “service zone” situated behind acoustical screening to dampen any noise. What follows over the next four pages is a floor-by-floor breakout of services at the St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center–Peters Township and corresponding contact information for each service. Just as with the previous issue of HouseCall on the Bethel Park Outpatient Center, we encourage readers to save this handy guide for future reference. St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center–Peters accepts all major insurance. To contact the Outpatient Center, please call 412 .942.8400. 2 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 3 ContinuED GroWtH Continued from Page 3 First Floor A rECEption/CoMMon arEa B Café at pEtErS toWnSHip Everyone who walks through the Outpatient Center’s front doors is greeted in the Reception/Common Area by a member of St. Clair Hospital's Guest Relations staff. Patients and visitors can also find their way via the Center’s large electronic directory, which lists diagnostic services and the names and suite numbers of every physician in the building. Patients and visitors to the Outpatient Center are enjoying the Café’s “almost famous” coffee, as well as its delicious selection of breakfast and lunch items, including danish and other baked goods, fresh salads and ready-to-eat sandwiches. Nuts, dried fruits and other bite-sized snacks are also available, along with bottled beverages suitable for breakfast and lunch. Patrons can enjoy their meals in the café’s spacious and comfortable seating area, which is bathed in natural light thanks to the Center’s floor-to-ceiling windows. C D B A A rECEption/ CoMMon arEa B Café at pEtErS toWnSHip C SitE of futurE MEDiCal offiCES D piatt DiaGnoStiC CEntEr 4 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 BuilDinG naMED in Honor of DonorS C CoMinGSoon! Soon! CoMinG This space is reserved for physicians and programs to be announced at a later time. and become a nationally recognized healthcare institution. This spirit of giving is alive and well today and exemplified most recently with the celebration of the Hospital’s new Peters Township Outpatient Center. Michael and Dolores Kara of Southpointe, Pa. and Boca Raton, Fla. have made one of the largest philanthropic gifts to St. Clair in support of the Outpatient Center. The building, located in the heart of Peters Township, has been named The Michael and Dolores Kara Building in their honor. “After dedication, hard work, sacrifice, early investing, and many blessings, we are pleased to share our success with St. Clair Hospital,” said Michael Kara. “Our experience with St. Clair has exceeded our expectations and has resulted in annual gift giving since 1999. We wish to extend a special thanks to Dr. David Burkey and Dr. Nalina Prabhu.” “The Karas have been a great partner of St. Clair for more than a decade,” said Andrea Kalina, Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Human Resources Officer, St. Clair Hospital. “Naming this important new building after the Karas is tangible recognition of their longstanding commitment to the Hospital and its mission to provide highly valued, service-oriented healthcare to the community now and for many years to come.” A t its founding and throughout its 60-year history, generous contributions from individuals and organizations have allowed St. Clair Hospital to grow D piatt DiaGnoStiC CEntEr Named after St. Clair Hospital benefactor Jack B. Piatt and Family, the Piatt Diagnostic Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, including a 1.5 Tesla wide bore MRI; a 32-slice CT scanner; Discovery XT 656 X-ray; digital mammography; obstetrical and diagnostic ultrasound; and bone density testing. The Piatt Diagnostic Center also includes laboratory services (including blood draws and specimen collection), as well as cardiodiagnostics (echocardiography and EKG), and pre-operative testing. Within the Piatt Diagnostic Center is also a specially designed Women’s Imaging Center, where patients undergoing mammography, ultrasound, or other studies can enjoy added privacy and amenities. To schedule an appointment at the Piatt Diagnostic Center, please call 412.942.8150. IN ADDITION TO THE KARAS, ST. CLAIR HOSPITAL ALSO EXTENDS OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS WHO HAVE HELPED MAKE THE ST. CLAIR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CENTER–PETERS TOWNSHIP A REALITY: Jack B. Piatt and Family The Jardini & Shober Family Mr. & Mrs. Phillip D. Bollman, Jr. Debra and Andrew Hays Sarris Candies, Inc. The Kaylor-Shanahan Family Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 5 ContinuED GroWtH Continued from Page 5 Second Floor A CoMMunity rooM Health education classes are held in the spacious Community Room, with its picturesque views of Canonsburg Lake and its tree-lined shores. B patriCia J. BulSECo, M.D., p.C. • SuitE 230 The obstetrics and gynecology medical practice of Patricia J. Bulseco, M.D., P.C., offers premier OB/GYN care for patients throughout the South Hills. The practice’s six physicians offer personalized prenatal and postpartum care, and clinical expertise for all stages of a woman’s life. In addition to regular exam and treatment services, the practice offers minimally invasive hysterectomies via the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system at St. Clair Hospital’s main campus in Mt. Lebanon. To contact Patricia J. Bulseco, M.D., P.C., please call 724.941.1866. Shannon H. McGranahan, M.D., FACOG; Stephanie S. Brown, M.D.; Patricia J. Bulseco M.D.; Deborah A. Lenart, M.D.; Douglas H. MacKay, M.D.; and Kristen Peske, D.O. B C A D E B patriCia J. BulSECo, M.D., p.C. SuitE 230 A CoMMunity rooM C SpECialty SuitE 270 D prEfErrED priMary CarE pHySiCianS SuitE 220 E fatiGati-nalin aSSoCiatES SuitE 280 6 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 C SpECialty SuitE • SuitE 270 D prEfErrED priMary CarE pHySiCianS • SuitE 220 The Outpatient Center’s Specialty Suite is home to physicians representing a wide variety of specialties, including: Breast Surgery; Cardiology; Colorectal Surgery; Ear/Nose/Throat; Endocrinology; General Surgery; Ophthalmology; Orthopedics; and Plastic Surgery. Breast Surgery/General Surgery Budway Surgical Associates Raye J. Budway, M.D. 412 . 942 .3177 Cardiology US Heart and Vascular, P.C. David Burkey, M.D. Leonard G. Gehl, M.D. James W. Marcucci, M.D. Adil Waheed, D.O. Ryan W. Zuzek, M.D. 412 .429. 8840 Colon and Rectal Surgery Colorectal Surgical Associates Leigh H. Nadler, M.D. Scott A. Holekamp, M.D. 412.572.6192 Ear/Nose/Throat South Hills E.N.T. Association David P. DeMarino, M.D. Stephen F. Wawrose, M.D. Paul Scolieri, M.D. Brian R. Elford, D.O. 412.831.7570 Endocrinology Evron Endocrinology Associates Wayne A. Evron, M.D. 412 . 942 . 7295 General Surgery Southwestern Surgical Associates, P.C. Antonio J. Ripepi, M.D. 412 .466.4121 Ophthalmology Glaucoma-Cataract Consultants, Inc. James P. Mondzelewski, M.D. Patrick Danaher, M.D. Evan B. Dreyer, M.D. Bradley A. Unruh, O.D. 412.572.6121 Orthopedics South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates Eric D. Nabors, M.D. Derrick J. Fluhme, M.D. Brett C. Perricelli, M.D. 412.283.0260 Plastic Surgery Bragdon-Stofman Plastic Group, P.C. Robert W. Bragdon, M.D. Guy M. Stofman, M.D. John P. Brosious, M.D. 412 .572 .6164 Preferred Primary Care Physicians, or PPCP, was founded in 1995 by 10 primary care physicians and has grown to 34 physicians specializing in internal medicine and family practice. The group is well-known for its quality improvement programs, participation in research studies designed to advance primary, wellness and preventative care, and its pioneering implementation of electronic medical records. To contact Preferred Primary Care Physicians, please call 724.941.8877. Stephanie Colodny, M.D.; Walter Robison, M.D.; and Ashith Mally, M.D. E fatiGati-nalin aSSoCiatES • SuitE 280 With 10 board-certified internal medicine physicians and five registered nurse practitioners, Fatigati-Nalin Associates is one of the largest primary care providers in the greater South Hills area. In addition to the convenience of the Peters Township office, patients have the added advantage of using the practice’s Patient Portal. The portal provides 24-hour online access to a host of services, including the ability to ask questions, view history of previous visits, print health forms and even pay bills. To contact Fatigati-Nalin Associates, please call 724.731.0090. For more information on the above physicians, please visit www.stclair.org. Nicholas P. DiTullio, M.D.; Mario J. Fatigati, M.D.; and Nithin V. Bhandarkar, D.O. Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 7 SpotliGHt on nEW pHySiCianS Drs. Duncan anD conway together again tHE BESt friEnDSHipS oftEn SEEM to HavE HaD no BEGinninG. tHEy EvolvE So naturally tHat nEitHEr pErSon Can pinpoint tHE MoMEnt WHEn a ClaSSMatE, Co-WorkEr or nEiGHBor BECoMES a truE friEnD. it JuSt fEElS likE tHat SpECial friEnD HaS alWayS BEEn tHErE. Paula A. Duncan, M.D., and Tera S. Conway, M.D., two young physicians who joined the Medical Staff at St. Clair Hospital this summer, know that feeling. They met and became friends as firstyear students at Northeast Ohio Medical University, which is located near Akron. They had a lot in common and were both gifted in nearly every way that a person can be: they were academic achievers, athletic, and grounded by strong families and communities. Both had grown up in small, solid towns in Ohio: Dr. Duncan is from the Akron area, and Dr. Conway hails from East Liverpool. In those early days of medical school, as their friendship took root, Drs. Conway and Duncan could not have imagined that their initial meeting would lead to not only the development of a deep friendship, but also the sharing of many significant life experiences and adventures: moving to Pittsburgh and completing OB/GYN residencies, among others. Fortunately, they have other traits in common: strength of character, a clear sense of purpose, and a desire to fulfill themselves in order to contribute to the greater good. One might call it an intrepid spirit. Medical school and then the long, arduous days of residency are most certainly an adventure, and one that calls for a spirit of endurance and fortitude. It was, recalls Dr. Duncan, intense and exhausting, especially because both she and Tera Conway were enrolled in an accelerated program. “You don’t realize the sacrifices you are making, until you are in the midst of it, or maybe not even until afterwards. Essentially, you sacrifice your 20s, when all of your contemporaries seem to be having the most wonderful time! But it’s worth it. Absolutely.” It’s worth it because Drs. Tera Conway and Paula Duncan both believe that they have the best job in the world: they are obstetrician/ gynecologists, and every day they deliver babies, provide prenatal care to pregnant women, and take care of the health needs of women. They share a passion for this work and now are colleagues, having both joined the very successful practice of Paul M. Zubritzky, M.D. and Patrick T. Christy, M.D. “ … i felt Compelled to learn more and to enligHten otHer obStetriCianS and women’S HealtHCare profeSSionalS about ptSd. — PAULA A. DUNCAN, M.D. ” 8 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 Paula A. Duncan, M.D. Tera S. Conway, M.D. According to Dr. Zubritzky, “Our practice was originally based in the West End of Pittsburgh and we delivered babies at Ohio Valley General Hospital. When OVGH closed its obstetric service in 2009, we relocated to St. Clair Hospital and added a South Hills office. We now have that office and others in Robinson and Kennedy. With the growth of our practice, we needed additional physicians to meet the demand, and we know that some patients want female OB/GYNs. Fortunately, we found two outstanding candidates in Tera Conway and Paula Duncan. Dr. Christy and I believe they will be a perfect fit. We both have a hands-on, friendly, personal approach; we believe in treating patients with empathy and compassion. Paula and Tera have the same approach; they’re warm, down-to-earth, and giving. They are also excellent clinicians. Both are willing and wanting to work hard, and they will. In our practice, we’re dedicated to providing great healthcare to women.” Providing great care to women is both a professional and personal mission for Dr. Conway and Dr. Duncan. They themselves are strong, spirited women, and strong is what they want all women to be. As obstetrician/ gynecologists, they are all about caring for, supporting and empowering women, and their own friendship is a testament to how essential women are to each other. Both appreciate that in their specialty of OB/GYN they will be able to have long-term relationships with patients. “I look forward to working with my patients as partners and helping them develop healthy lifestyles,” Dr. Conway says. “I’m a believer in being pro-active about one’s health; a healthy lifestyle is empowering. “One of the reasons I chose to practice OB/GYN is because it is essentially primary care,” says Dr. Conway. “I can care for a woman in adolescence, through her pregnancies and child-bearing years, through the transitions of mid-life and beyond. I can provide the preventive care and screenings that she needs to stay healthy, and I can treat problems that arise. I love the variety of my work and I hope to have a nice mix of obstetrics and gynecology in my practice. Although I enjoy surgery, there is nothing quite like the joy of delivering a baby and that very special moment that I feel honored to be part of ― it’s what really sparked my interest in the field in medical school.” For Dr. Duncan as well, the highlight of her work is the delivery room. “It’s just so beautiful,” she says. “The wonder of birth is never lost on me. Sometimes I can’t believe that I get to do what I do.” Of course, there is much more to being an OB/GYN than delivering babies. OB/GYNs are among the most diversified medical specialists; their training and repertoire of skills includes obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, fertility care, neonatology, urology, GYN oncology, genetics and diagnostic imaging. OB/GYN is primary care, preventive care and Continued on Page 10 “ i CHoSe to praCtiCe ob/gyn beCauSe it iS eSSentially primary Care. … i Can Care for a woman in adoleSCenCe, tHrougH Her pregnanCieS and CHild-bearing yearS, and beyond. ” — TERA S. CONWAY, M.D. specialty care all rolled into one, touching every age group. An OB/GYN might spend the morning in a Birthing Suite, delivering and tending to newborns and mothers, then head to the office to counsel a young woman about contraception or treat a mid-life patient for menopause symptoms. Dr. Duncan has a special interest in women’s experiences of labor and birth and their emotional and psychological impact. Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 9 SpotliGHt on nEW pHySiCianS Continued from Page 9 Traumatic birth experiences can have devastating, long-term consequences. “I studied women who had horrid birth experiences and were so traumatized that they were terrified to consider another pregnancy. I was stunned by how many women felt this way. It haunted me, but it also opened my eyes. I felt compelled to learn more and to enlighten other obstetricians and women’s healthcare professionals about it. It’s important because this kind of trauma is associated with postpartum depression.” She developed a lecture about the topic for Grand Rounds, titled “Birth Trauma,” and when she presented it, her colleagues were as stunned as she had been. “They thought, from the title, that I was going to be discussing birth-related physical injuries. Like me, they did not realize the scope of this problem and the impact on women.” With typical resolve, Dr. Duncan plans to study the topic further and to address traumatic birth experiences in her practice in the hope of helping traumatized women heal. Although they love their work, both doctors acknowledge that there can be a lot of pressure. When they need to decompress, they go separate ways. Tera Conway follows the sun: she loves the outdoors, and relaxes by immersing herself in the calm, scenic waters of the Allegheny River, in a kayak. She and her husband Collin, a general surgeon, and their cat, Jacoby, live in Morningside, not far from the river, and they love to be active: biking, skiing and scuba diving. Paula Duncan, who lives in the South Hills with her husband, Zack, likes to immerse herself in a good book. “I curl up with a good novel and that’s my escape. I’m a bookworm. I want books that I can really get lost in, in another world that is completely new to me. I love fantasy, but I also love classics. Jane Eyre and the books of Jane Austen are favorites.” The Duncans also love travel and Paula is a runner who has completed a half marathon. As they immerse themselves in their new practice, Drs. Conway and Duncan are quick learners. As Dr. Zubritzky says, “Healthcare is so complex now, and doctors have to learn about many things beyond the care of patients. But that is still the priority. we Have a HandS-on, friendly, perSonal approaCH … paula and tera Have tHe Same approaCH; tHey’re warm, down-to-eartH, and giving. tHey are alSo exCellent CliniCianS. — PAUL M. ZUBRITZKY, M.D. “ ” “We see a diverse population of women throughout the South Hills and the western suburbs. No matter where they are from or why they come in, our patients want to talk to their doctors. That’s why Tera and Paula are so good — they are young, energetic and eager to give of themselves to help the community. I’m confident that these two young doctors are going to simply shine in our practice.” ZuBrITZKy anD cHrIsTy oB-Gyn PAUL M. ZUBRITZKY, M.D. Dr. Zubritzky specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. He earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Zubritzky is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. PATRICK T. CHRISTY, M.D. Dr. Christy specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. He earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, Pa. Dr. Christy is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. TERA S. CONWAY, M.D. Dr. Conway specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Conway completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. PAULA A. DUNCAN, M.D. Dr. Duncan specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Duncan completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Magee Womens Hospital. THrEE conVEnIEnT LocaTIons ROBINSON TOWNSHIP 6000 Steubenville Pike, Suite 105 McKees Rocks, PA 15136 KENNEDY TOWNSHIP 1767 Pine Hollow Road McKees Rocks, PA 15136 MT. LEBANON 1050 Bower Hill Road, St. Clair Hospital Professional Office Building, Suite 205 Pittsburgh, PA 15243 To schedule an appointment with Zubritzky and Christy OB-GYN, please call 412.788.1330. 10 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 faMily BirtH CEntEr St. Clair Delivers piCturE-pErfECt faMily BirtH CEntEr FamILy BIrTH cEnTEr FasT FacTs • Almost 1,400 babies are delivered in the FBC every year. • About 36 sets of twins are delivered annually. • Fourteen obstetricians deliver babies in the FBC. • Rooms are designed to accommodate each patient’s labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum time with baby. • The FBC has two fully equipped operating rooms for C-sections. • The FBC’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can accommodate six babies. • St. Clair maintains 24/7 in-house pediatric coverage, staffed by specially trained pediatricians experienced in handling difﬁcult deliveries as well as caring for newborns. • All rooms are private and offer sleeping accommodations for fathers or other family members. • Parents-to-be may tour the FBC. Please call 412.942. 5895. D octors and nurses in St. Clair Hospital’s Family Birth Center (FBC) have become quite adept at delivering babies who • Added new furnishings, including cribs, couches, chairs and flat screen TVs, to patients’ rooms • Stripped and replaced old wall finishes • Painted and more Crews also redid the Family Waiting Room, before adding new furniture and a flat screen TV there, as well as giving the adjoining Community Education Room a fresh look. All of the renovations were completed this summer and, while they will never really compete with the natural beauties who call the Family Birth Center their first home, the new look serves as a great backdrop for lots and lots of picture-taking. are picture-perfect the minute they are born. So, in an effort to make the babies’ new environment just as inviting and photogenic as they are, the Hospital recently completed a comprehensive remodeling of the FBC, where, today, almost 1,400 babies are born every year. Over the last few months, construction crews, ever-so quietly so as not to wake any sleeping babies, have: • Removed carpeting and replaced it with distinctive “wood-look” flooring • Installed dramatic sconces for lighting fixtures that cast a warm, soft glow throughout the hallways • Replaced standard ceiling tile with specialized tiles that reduce ambient noise • Built striking design elements into the borders of the FBC’s two nurses’ stations • Replaced doors to patients’ rooms Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 11 SpotliGHt on nEW pHySiCianS Richard G. Foster, M.D. Gordon K. McLean, M.D. St. Clair’s Interventional Radiologists OFFER MINIMALLY INvASIvE DIAgNOSIS AND PROCEDURES WITHOUT SURgERY A t St. Clair Hospital, boardcertified interventional radiologists Gordon K. McLean, M.D. and Richard G. Foster, M.D., spend long days performing guided by imaging technology and threaded through the body to their destinations, where the doctors perform exquisitely detailed interventions. All this is accomplished, not through a surgical incision, but through a tiny puncture. There is nothing small, however, about the vision that Drs. McLean and Foster have for their specialty at St. Clair Hospital. They intend to enhance the Hospital’s Department of Interventional Radiology (IR) so patients will have easy access to nearly every kind of clinically sophisticated procedure. And they are the right men for the job: they bring a wealth of experience, clinical expertise, enthusiasm for the challenge, and passion for their work. As interventional radiologists, Drs. McLean and Foster are practitioners of a subspecialty that is one of the most innovative, progressive and important in all of medicine. Interventional radiology is the use of image-guided, minimally invasive technology by highly trained physicians, to treat patients with a variety of conditions, reducing or eliminating the need for surgery. a variety of minimally invasive procedures. They open blocked arteries, destroy tumors, place ports, PICC lines and stents, and perform hundreds of other procedures that improve and prolong the lives of patients. They achieve this by wielding miniature instruments ― needles, catheters and probes ― that are 12 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 tHe tHruSt of mediCine today iS to do everytHing in a way tHat iS faSter, eaSier and leSS invaSive — and we fit tHat approaCH perfeCtly. “ ” Dr. McLean is distinguished among interventional radiologists as one of the specialty’s pioneers and leaders. He wrote the very first textbook, Interventional Radiology: Principles and Techniques (Little, Brown), with Ernest J. Ring, M.D. The Philadelphia native is proud that he was involved in the field in its infancy, but he actually came to it by a rather circuitous route. “I was an indifferent student in college, with no specific plans. In my sophomore year, I had a bad car accident, left school and became essentially a hippie. I took up jewelry making for a few years, then decided to return to college and try again. I happened to fall in love with biology and thought I would apply to medical school. But the medical schools thought differently — they said I was too old, at 26. I persisted, though, and eventually Dartmouth accepted me.” Following medical school graduation, he went home to Philadelphia and an internship in internal medicine at Penn. There, he fortuitously encountered Ernie Ring and Stanley Baum, two inspired teachers and mentors who helped set the course of his career. Ernie Ring, M.D. was chief of interventional radiology at Penn. Stanley Baum, M.D., chairman of radiology, was a pioneer of angiography and one of the first interventional radiologists. “I still wasn’t sure I wanted to go Continued on Page 14 — GORDON K. MCLEAN, M.D. Although relatively new as a field of medicine, interventional radiology is the engine that has propelled — and continues to propel — many significant medical advancements, such as angioplasty and the stenting of blocked arteries without open surgery. It intersects with nearly every other specialty and its often dazzling capacities have transformed many of those specialties. Despite this tremendous impact, however, interventional radiology is largely unfamiliar to the public, even though some IR procedures have become relatively commonplace. “IR is well known within medicine; it is now part of every physician’s training. But the public is just beginning to hear the term, to understand what we do,” says Dr. McLean, who, along with Dr. Foster, joined the St. Clair Hospital team this summer. “The thrust of medicine today is to do everything in a way that is faster, easier and less invasive — and we fit that approach perfectly. We try to keep people out of the operating room and out of the hospital; essentially, we accomplish surgical objectives without surgery. I love the great responsibility of it, and the direct, hands-on nature of it.” The advantages are significant: no need for general anesthesia; no large incisions and subsequent scars; minimal blood loss; less risk of infection and other complications; less pain; reduced hospital stay; and shorter recovery time. Interventional radiology is a combination of diagnostic and therapeutic arts; it uses state-of-the-art imaging technology to visualize and diagnose problems, and minimally invasive technology to “intervene” with precision, accuracy and effectiveness. The techniques of interventional radiology have become an integral part of cardiology, oncology, gynecology, urology, nephrology and neurology. Interventional radiologists perform biopsies, drain diseased kidneys and livers, recannulate chronically occluded veins, perform cryoablation (freezing) or heating (with radiofrequency energy) of tumors to destroy them, and treat benign uterine fibroids with embolization as an alternative to hysterectomy. Interventional radiologists treat vascular disorders, including peripheral artery disease, varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. They dissolve clots and repair vertebral stress fractures — all without open surgery. The possibilities appear limitless. Drs. McLean and Foster in the IR Lab. Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 13 SpotliGHt on nEW pHySiCianS Continued from Page 13 into radiology but when I met Stanley Baum, we hit it off, and I decided to become a radiologist and scientist. Ernie Ring was a rising star in the new specialty and probably the most dynamic person I’d ever worked with,” says Dr. McLean. “I was so excited that I couldn’t wait for the weekends to be over so that I could get back to work on Monday. Up until then, radiology had been all diagnostic — interventional radiology was an entirely new concept. It felt exhilarating to be able to intervene like that in a life and death situation. I stayed on as a fellow under Dr. Ring, then joined the faculty.” Dr. McLean eventually became section chief himself, after Dr. Ring relocated to California. He became a full professor at Penn and was soon a highly sought speaker and consultant whose reputation took him all over the globe. But, when an opportunity to move to West Penn Hospital arose, he accepted it and moved to Pittsburgh. Twenty-four years later, he is still enthusiastic about his chosen specialty: “I still love to go to work. What matters most is the relationship with the patient,” says Dr. McLean. “Making connections with people and letting them know that you really care about them ― a lot of good medicine is simply that.” In 1991, a young radiologist, fresh from a four-year radiology residency at UPMC, arrived at West Penn to begin a fellowship in interventional radiology with Dr. McLean. Richard Foster hailed from Watertown, N.Y., and had attended medical school at SUNY Upstate. Dr. McLean was so impressed with him during his fellowship that he invited him to stay on as an attending physician and become his partner. Together, Drs. McLean and Foster built the interventional radiology department at West Penn, performing as many as 25 procedures each day. Like Dr. McLean, Dr. Foster appreciates the technology and rapid results that he can achieve for his patients with minimally invasive interventions. “I like the problem-solving aspect of radiology, and interventional radiology is the next step. My passion is treating people with peripheral artery disease, which can cause severe pain, ulcers and necrosis. I like the interaction we have with patients, meeting with them first in a consultation appointment and getting to know them. It’s gratifying. It may sound trite, but I went into medicine for a simple reason — I was altruistic and wanted to help people. What we do helps people in a direct and immediate way. The risks are minimized and the outcomes are excellent. Interventional radiology is a work in progress; most people have no idea what it is but they are learning what we can do.” Enhancing the interventional radiology program at St. Clair Hospital represents a new beginning for both physicians, as well as for the Department of Radiology. Donald Orr, M.D., chairman of the Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department, says having Drs. McLean and Foster on board will help St. Clair expand its interventional radiology services, particularly angiographic interventions, cancer treatment and percutaneous disease management, such as uterine wHat we do HelpS people in a direCt and immediate way. tHe riSkS are minimized and tHe outComeS are exCellent. “ ” — RICHARD G. FOSTER, M.D. artery embolization to treat fibroids. “In my experience, Drs. McLean and Foster are the best interventional radiologists I have seen,” says Dr. Orr. “Our goal is to continue developing an interventional radiology department that will support the growth of St. Clair Hospital and bring new services to this community,” Dr. McLean says. “We plan to offer new clinical programs and procedures. There are a lot of exciting advances on the horizon in interventional radiology ― new tumor treatments and new approaches to treating venous disease, among others ― and we bring all of that to St. Clair.” GORDON K. MCLEAN, M.D. Dr. McLean earned his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, and completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. He is board-certified in vascular and interventional radiology by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. McLean practices with South Hills Radiology Associates. To contact Dr. McLean, please call 412.942.3183. RICHARD G. FOSTER, M.D. Dr. Foster earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., where he also completed his internship. Dr. Foster did his residency at the University of Pittsburgh-affiliated hospitals and completed a fellowship at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He is board-certified in vascular and interventional radiology by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Foster practices with South Hills Radiology Associates. To contact Dr. Foster, please call 412.942.3183. 14 I HouseCall I Volume V Issue 3 CoMMunity outrEaCH SHIMHealthFair A s part of its efforts to respond to the findings of its Community Health Needs Assessment (please see related story below), St. Clair Hospital sponsored a health fair this summer for hundreds of refugees living in the Prospect Park area of Whitehall. St. Clair Hospital partnered with Bethel Park-based South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) to provide the free health screenings, which included blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, bone density and measuring levels of carbon monoxide/oxygen. Participants also were provided education on cancer, diabetes and proper nutrition. For many of the refugees, the health fair represented the first time they have had blood drawn to measure their cholesterol and glucose levels. The Hospital and SHIM provided two interpreters for the refugees who hail from 30 countries, including Nepal and Bhutan, and speak more than 25 different languages and dialects. CommunityHealthNeedsAssessment now available online S t. Clair Hospital encourages readers of HouseCall to go online to the Hospital’s website (www.stclair.org) to peruse the recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA report spotlights a number of problems that impact the overall health of our community, including access to care, inadequacies of prenatal care, and chronic and lifestyle-related conditions. The Hospital is now working in partnership with a variety of other resources, including county public health and human services departments, agencies, organizations and ambulatory care centers to meet the unmet healthcare needs of the people St. Clair serves. St. Clair will assess the progress it has made by conducting another CHNA three years from now. The CHNA is a comprehensive, systematic examination of the health needs in the Hospital’s service area. It identifies and prioritizes health and healthcare access needs for specific geographic areas and groups of people so new initiatives can be found to meet those needs. The Hospital accomplished those tasks by asking the following questions: • wHo inthecommunityismostvulnerableintermsof healthoraccesstocare? • wHaT aretheuniquehealthand/oraccessneedsof thesepeople? • wHErE inthecommunitydothesepeoplelive? • wHaT iscausingtheseproblems? Volume V Issue 3 I HouseCall I 15 St.Clair Hospital 1000 Bower Hill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15243 www.stclair.org General & Patient Information: 412.942.4000 Physician Referral Service: 412.942.6560 Medical Imaging Scheduling: 412.942.8150 Outpatient Center–Village Square: 412.942.7100 Outpatient Center–Peters Township: 412.942.8400 HouseCall is a publication of St. Clair Hospital. Articles are for informational purposes and are not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your personal physician. Follow us on twitter at: www.twitter.com/stclairhospital St. Clair HoSpital’S 16tH annual SummerSwing Co-Chairs Veronica and Louis Guarino with Chairperson Vicki McKenna. M their care. usic by Billy Hartung and the Extraordinaires, gourmet food stations, silent auction items that included a stay at a vacation home on Kiawah Island, S.C., a baseball Guests are entertained by Billy Hartung and the Extraordinaires at the 16th Annual Summer Swing event. bat signed by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a $1,500 bottle of wine, and a raffle that shined with $4,000 in diamonds, all added up to a swingin’ good time at St. Clair Hospital’s 16th Annual Summer Swing. Held July 19 at the St. Clair Country Club, some 450 guests enjoyed all of the above and more to help benefit the continued growth of St. Clair Hospital. This year’s event raised $280,000, which will be used for life-saving equipment and unparalleled medical expertise for the tens of thousands of men, women and children who each year rely on the Hospital for The Hospital’s premier fundraising event was chaired by Vicki McKenna of Upper St. Clair. Louis and Veronica Guarino, also of Upper St. Clair, served as honorary co-chairs. Lucas Piatt; U.S. Representative Tim Murphy and his wife Nan; St. Clair Hospital President and CEO James M. Collins. Laura and Andy Reinhardt; state Senator Matt Smith and his wife Eileen.