Grove City center, Magee to join forces

Grove City center, Magee to join forces


Grove City Medical Center will collaborate with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC beginning July 1.

The new partnership will provide the women in Grove City with increased comprehensive women’s services.

Drs. Rand Himes and Francis Bassani also will join Magee- Womens Health Services at Grove City Medical Center.

“Backed by the resources and clinical expertise of Magee- Womens Hospital, our current program is greatly enhanced,” said Robert C. Jackson Jr., CEO of the Grove City Medical Center.

“UPMC is proud to affiliate with Grove City Medical Center,” added Leslie Davis, president of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “By aligning Grove City Medical Center’s strengths with those of Magee-Womens Hospital, area patients soon will have convenient access to world-class comprehensive women’s services.”

Drs. Himes and Bassani will continue to see patients at the Grove City Medical Office Building, 647 N. Broad St., including those who are expecting to deliver their babies at UPMC Horizon-Mercer County or UPMC Northwest-Venango County after July 1.

Grant money for drug-addicted women


Four Ohio programs are receiving grant money to help pregnant women who are addicted to heroin or other opiates as the state looks to combat drug abuse.

The state recently awarded some funds to treatment and counseling programs in Cuyahoga, Athens, Franklin and Hamilton counties. Ohio officials say the $4.2 million, three-year pilot project is expected to help close to 300 women who are addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin.

The effort is among a variety of initiatives the state has launched targeting opiate abuse.

In 2007, fatal drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Many of those drug deaths are from painkillers and heroin.

Ohio also has seen an increase in the number of drug-addicted newborns.

Chiropractors back to making decisions


Ohio lawmakers still disagree on whether chiropractors should be allowed to clear young athletes for play after they suffer concussions.

After such language was removed from a bill in April, the House in late May agreed to a provision that would again pull chiropractors back into the mix.

Moves in previous years to allow chiropractors to make judgments about whether students with head injuries are fit to play has upset some physicians who say chiropractors don’t have the proper training for that responsibility.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the latest amendment could get some push back in the Senate. Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, voiced his disapproval and recommended the measure be addressed by conference committee.

Free community joint pain program


Join ValleyCare Health System of Ohio to learn more about the treatment of chronic joint pain at a free community program June 11.

Dr. Michael Jones, orthopedic surgeon and independent member of the medical staff at ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, will present “Current Concepts for the Treatment of Arthritis of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder.”

Learn about arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder and current treatments, including joint-replacement surgery.

The program will be at 6 p.m. in the Patio Room of Leo’s Ristorante, 7042 E. Market St. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required. Call 1-800-679-3606.

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