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2004: Year in Review

Sharon Regional notes growth in Cancer Care Center visits

Sharon Regional experienced a significant growth in patient visits in fiscal year 2004 at its Cancer Care Center in Hermitage. This increase resulted in the addition of a third medical oncologist for the Center, a new on-site CT scanner for simulations and additional outpatient procedures, plus plans to add IMRT, an advanced method for delivering radiation therapy.

The Center features three medical oncologists, a radiation oncologist, plus a full team of nurses, social workers, and other staff to provide comprehensive treatment and support for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Care Center is the only facility of its kind in Mercer County.

With more than 1,750 employees, Sharon Regional is Mercer County's largest employer, and offers a wide selection of health care services from its main campus in Sharon and through its numerous satellite centers in Sharon, Hermitage, Mercer, Greenville, and Brookfield.

During the year, Sharon Regional acquired a new sinus surgery system, two new ophthalmology surgical systems, new scopes/processors for endoscopy procedures, new surgical equipment for urology, new ultrasound and echocardiography units, along with a number of other clinical enhancements that have reinforced Sharon Regional's position as the largest provider of health care services in Mercer County.

Other highlights in 2004 included the arrival of new physicians Samer Makhoul, M.D., pulmonology; Theresa Marx-Armile, M.D., endocrinology; Kevin Kinkaid, M.D. and Archana Sharma, M.D., anesthesiology; Ashraf Oloufa, M.D. and Warren Rogers, M.D., psychiatry; Jeffrey Gryn, M.D., hematology/oncology; Robin Edwards, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology; Jay Porter, III, D.O. and Heather Porter, D.O., family medicine; and Bruce Guerdan, M.D. and Daniel Malone, M.D., emergency medicine.

Sharon Regional continued its role as a major economic contributor, having provided more than $81 million to benefit the community in fiscal year 2004 through employment and purchasing of goods and services from local businesses. In addition, Sharon Regional provided more than $5 million in free and uncompensated care to the community.

As we move forward in 2005, we reaffirm our commitment to continue serving our community and facing the challenges that lie ahead to remain a strong, independent, non-profit, locally-controlled community health care facility.



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