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Friday, January 31, 2014

Cole Memorial Announces Clinical Partnership With Geisinger For Rheumatology Patients

New Clinical Partnership with Geisinger Announced

Cole Memorial continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing a comprehensive range of health care services, using the latest technology and treatments available. Cole Memorial launched TeleRheumatology services today with the world-class Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. The kickoff of this service is occurring in connection with National Rheumatology Awareness Day, February 2.

“We are proud to partner with Geisinger as their expertise and research in the management of rheumatologic conditions is unparalleled in the region,” said Cole Memorial President and CEO Ed Pitchford. “The TeleRheumatology service located at our Port Allegany Community Health Center and Internal Medicine Department in Coudersport will provide patients’ access to diagnostics and consultations for appropriate treatments from Geisinger’s rheumatologists, resulting in advanced care, increased convenience and a reduced travel for patients and their family.”

Through telemedicine audio/video technology and the assistance of a trained telemedicine provider at Cole Memorial, a Geisinger rheumatologist can perform assessments for joint pain, joint swelling and range of motion, correctly diagnose the patient’s condition, recommend treatment, and perform follow-up exams.

William Ayoub, MD, FACP, FACR, director of Rheumatology in State College, Pennsylvania and Brian Oppermann, MD will facilitate the program from Geisinger. Dr. Ayoub is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine and he completed his residency and fellowship training at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Oppermann also did his residency and fellowship in Rheumatology at Geisinger after graduating from West Virginia University’s School of Medicine.

TeleRheumatology services may benefit patients diagnosed with: arthritis, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, polymyalgia rheumatica, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, temporal arteritis of the head, vasculitis and other diseases. While most rheumatologic problems require ongoing clinical care, the right regimen of therapies can prevent or reduce painful flare-ups.

Cole Memorial also provides telemedicine services for its pediatric patients from Geisinger and Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and for their cardiac patients in partnership with The Heart Institute at UPMC Hamot. Cole plans to continue expanding telemedicine services in specialty areas such as dermatology, endocrinology and psychiatry.

Ask your healthcare provider about a referral for rheumatology care at Cole Memorial.

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