Primary Health Network and Sharon Regional announce partnership to expand services
Primary Health Network (PHN) and Sharon Regional have joined together to offer several services to the community. The most notable partnership revolves around Primary Health's leasing of a Sharon medical office building on Elm Avenue from Sharon Regional that is the new home for Shenango Valley surgeons Gene Marcelli, M.D. and Ravi Sachdeva, M.D.
Drs. Marcelli and Sachdeva recently joined Primary Health Network on a full-time basis to provide surgery services under the practice name of PHN Surgical Associates. Dr. Marcelli has been associated with PHN for the past seven years on a limited, part-time basis.
"We joined PHN to be able to focus more on the practice of surgery and less on the business side of medicine," said Dr. Marcelli. "Our practice will benefit from the efficiencies of being part of a large group like PHN as well as reduce our insurance costs," he added.
The Elm Avenue Health Center will also offer psychiatric and counseling services several days per week through Sharon Regional's Behavioral Health Services. Providers of psychiatric services are Ashraf Oloufa, M.D., Satish Narayan, M.D., and Cynthia Pascal-Pulliam, CRNP. Kathy Holliday, LSW, will soon provide counseling services.
Future plans call for additional primary care physicians to work at the site along with specialty clinics in areas like orthopedics and endocrinology. Another program that Sharon Regional provides to PHN includes full-time laboratory services at the network's Sharon Medical Group location so that patients can have their blood work done on-site without needing to travel to the hospital.
"In every community where PHN provides services, we enjoy strong partnerships with area hospitals," notes Jack Laeng, PHN Executive Director. It's great to have expanded our Mercer County affiliations to include Sharon Regional in a number of meaningful ways," he added.
"We're pleased to be working with the Primary Health Network in continuing to enhance the programs and services available for the medically-underserved individuals and families in our area," stated Wayne Johnston, president and CEO of Sharon Regional. "We certainly recognize the success of Primary Health in this effort and look forward to working with them on additional cooperative programs in the future."
PHN has 214 full and part-time employees, including 64 providers who specialize in family practice, podiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, dentistry, oral surgery, pediatrics, general surgery, adult medicine, chiropractic, complementary medicine, optometry, orthopedic surgery, pain management, nutritional counseling and otolaryngology and allergy.
For more information regarding PHN, contact Susan Piccirilli at 724-981-2246 or 724-342-3002 Ext. 250 or visit its website at www.primary-health.net.
Sharon Regional Health System is Mercer County's largest hospital and most comprehensive provider of health care services. In addition to a full complement of diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative services, Sharon Regional offers several specialty centers including its Heart Institute, Cancer Care Center, Behavioral Health Services, Women's Center, and Emergency Care Center.
For more information on Sharon Regional or any of its services, call 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.