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Heartburn center opens at hospital



Published: Thu, May 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



GREENVILLE, Pa. -- UPMC Horizon has opened a Heartburn Treatment Center for the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly referred to as heartburn.

More than 80 percent of the U.S. population is affected by heartburn symptoms, and the new center will fill a void by providing area patients with alternatives focusing on long-term relief, said Jane Benka, registered nurse and program director of outpatient and extended-care services at UPMC Horizon.

"We focus on the patient first, drawing on the expertise of several physician specialists who use state-of-the art technology to diagnose and treat the problem," she said.

There are a variety of medical and surgical treatments available to correct the causes of heartburn. A registered nurse will work with clinic patients to coordinate testing and treatment under a physician's supervision.

Many patients with heartburn have sought help from various sources with no consistent treatment approach or relief, said Mary Cunningham, registered nurse and the center's coordinator. Managing each patient's treatment from beginning to end through one centralized contact point is one of the center's main attractions, she said.

The center is in the hospital at 110 N. Main St.




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