Providence Medical Group Newsroom


Online video doctor appointments available at Beavercreek Commons Family Practice — April 10, 2017

Dr. Kendra von der Embse joins Beavercreek Commons Family Practice — November 2, 2016

Brenden Wynn's TEDxDayton talk guided listeners to better, more affordable healthcare — October 26, 2016

Contemporary Pediatrics earns Immunization Coverage Excellence Award — October 25, 2016

Providence Proctology begins seeing patients — August 22, 2016

Beavercreek Commons Family Practice welcomes Dr. Ryan Bayko — June 23, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Gleick joins Centerville Family Practice — May 25, 2016

Donald Turner, DO, receives Ed Hart Memorial Service Award — January 28, 2016 



Contemporary Pediatrics honored with two immunization program awards — September 30, 2015

Providence Medical Group receives Champion of Equality award— June 16, 2015

Providence Medical Laboratory is again re-certified by COLA— May 26, 2015

Dayton Business Journal highlights Providence expansion— April 30, 2015

Dr. Steven Folkerth joins Beavercreek Commons Family Practice — April 20, 2015



Archived News (2011-2014)

November 2, 2016 — Beavercreek Commons Family Practice is pleased to announce that Kendra von der Embse, DO, has joined our professional staff as a practicing physician. In approaching patient care, Dr. von der Embse follows a philosophy of treating the whole person, considering all aspects of each patient's health and wellness.

In addition to practicing family medicine, Dr. von der Embse also performs osteopathic manipulation.

Dr. von der Embse earned her medical degree from the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton. She performed her residency in Family Medicine at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

October 26, 2016 — First-hand experience with how our healthcare system works — or doesn't work — on behalf of patients inspired Brenden Wynn's revealing talk at this year's TEDxDayton signature event. As one of the featured speakers, Brenden showed how all of us can empower ourselves to receive quality care and achieve better health at a more affordable cost.

Faced with expensive surgery — potentially unaffordable even with insurance — Brenden used a 'consumer' mindset to seek out the tools that enabled him to get the best possible treatment with out-of-pocket costs that stayed within budget. His talk went on to dramatically demonstrate how anyone can use the same tools, as well as guidance from engaged healthcare providers, to get the care we need.

Brenden summed up his message, "Knowledge begets power, and we as healthcare consumers have the opportunity to be so powerful. I encourage you to ask questions, engage your providers, shop around, and above all – search for your human experience in healthcare."

Photos and news from the 2016 TEDxDayton event can be seen at www.tedxdayton.com. A full video of Brenden's talk will be available on the site in the near future.

October 25, 2016 — Contemporary Pediatrics, Centerville, OH, has been honored with the AFIX Pediatric Immunization Coverage Excellence Award by the Ohio Department of Health. This prestigious award is presented to healthcare providers that achieve coverage rates of 90% or higher for the recommended series of 4 DTaP, 3 Hepatitis B, 1 MMR, 3 HIB, 3 Polio, 1 Varicella and 4 PCV vaccinations.

The AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, Exchange) Project for Ohio is a continuous quality improvement program for medical practices to achieve high levels of immunization coverage for the recommended series of vaccines. This quality assurance strategy is a proven and reliable tool for improving immunization practices and improving vaccine coverage of patients up to 24 months of age.

Contemporary Pediatrics’ provider staff includes Robert Myers, DO, Karen Starrett, MD and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Wendy Bowles and Lori Dressel, and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Corey Davis.

June 23, 2016 — Ryan L. Bayko, MD, has joined Beavercreek Commons Family Practice, 38 Woodcroft Trail, Beavercreek, Ohio, as a primary care provider. Dr. Bayko is an experienced board certified family physician, and has been serving southwest Ohio families for over seven years.  

In joining the practice, Dr. Bayko notes “As a patient-centered medical home, Beavercreek Commons Family Practice cares for its families in the same way I have always tried to — by treating each patient as a partner in good health, fully engaged in the decision-making that impacts their wellness. I also appreciate that everyone at the practice provides the time, attention and compassion that each individual patient needs.”

Dr. Bayko received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Among his professional honors, Dr. Bayko has been recognized as Wright State College of Medicine Preceptor of the Year and Wright State Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year. He continues to instruct and mentor Wright State medical students and physician residents: “I feel it’s important to give back to the medical education community, to help in the development of the next generation of physicians.”

May 25, 2016 — Providence Medical Group announces that Jeffrey B. Gleick, MD, joins fellow physicians Edward Kinkopf, DO, and Wasyl Terlecky, DO, as primary care providers at Centerville Family Practice, 1989 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Suite 301, Centerville, Ohio.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Gleick has been providing care for families in our region for over twenty years, including most recently family practices in Miamisburg and Beavercreek. In describing his approach to care, Dr. Gleick emphasizes compassion and careful attention to each patient, noting “Listening to patients is very important, and so is communicating clearly. I like to keep things down to earth — humor helps, too. All of these characteristics help build a sense of trust and confidence.”

Dr. Gleick received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and completed his residency at Bethesda Hospital Family Practice. Notably, Dr. Gleick was awarded the honor of ‘Kentucky Colonel’ by Kentucky Governor Paul Patton, in recognition of his volunteer care for underserved patient populations.

January 28, 2016  —  The Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that Dr. Donald Turner has been honored with the Ed Hart Memorial Service Award. This prestigious award was presented to Dr. Turner by the Chamber’s President, Ms. Melissa McGhee, at the group’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards event, held on January 28, 2016.

The Ed Hart Memorial Service Award commemorates Huber Heights community leader Ed Hart, founder of the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation. The Award is presented annually to an individual who has dedicated themselves to go above and beyond serving and volunteering not only their time and knowledge, but their unselfish dedication to the Huber Heights community.

A family physician for over 50 years, Dr. Turner remains a primary care provider for Providence Medical Group.

Contemporary Pediatrics, Centerville, Ohio, has earned both the Ohio Department of Health’s Adolescent Immunization Coverage Excellence Award and its Immunization Coverage Improvement Award. Both awards are the result of Contemporary’s outstanding performance as measured by the Department’s Adolescent Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange (AFIX) quality improvement program during 2014.

•  The Adolescent Immunization Coverage Excellence Award is presented to healthcare providers that achieve coverage rates of 80% or higher on two or more of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), meningococcal, and HPV (human papillomavirus) immunizations.

•  The Immunization Coverage Improvement Award is presented to providers that have demonstrated significant improvement for coverage rates of any one of these three immunization regimens.

Contemporary’s provider staff includes Robert Myers, DO, Karen Starrett, MD and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Wendy Bowles, Corey Davis and Lori Dressel.

Providence Medical Group was honored recently by the Greater Dayton LGBT Center with the organization’s Champion of Equality award. The award is given to select area companies that have actively pursued policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and foster an inclusive work environment.

Presented during Dayton Pride events held from June 5 though 7, 2015, this was the inaugural year for Champion of Equality award recognition. In addition to Providence Medical Group, other award recipients include PNC Bank, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Meadowlark Enterprises and Square One Salon and Spa.

“Providence is proud to be recognized as a Champion of Equality, and we’re honored to be in such fine company,” stated Susan Becker, Providence Medical Group COO. “We hope the example set by award winners will motivate businesses throughout our community to adopt policies that embrace equality in the workplace.”

Providence Medical Laboratory has again met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on site laboratory survey. Providence Medical Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to their patients.

COLA is one of the most respected accreditation organizations in the clinical research field. Re-accreditation is required every two years, and from it's beginning, Providence Medical Laboratory has meet COLA's strict

An exclusive feature article in the Dayton Business Journal explores Providence Medical Group’s expansion plans, and how embracing the patient-centered medical home model has contributed to Providence’s growth.

The article highlights new practices and physicians that have joined the Group, and examines how consolidation of some area practices could contribute to collaboration between providers to better server area patients.

Dayton Business Journal

Steven Folkerth, MD, has joined the professional staff at Beavercreek Commons Family Practice, 2510 Commons Boulevard, Beavercreek.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Folkerth offers patients personalized care based on over thirty-five years of experience in all aspects of adult health and wellness. Dr. Folkerth joins fellow physicians John Sefton, DO, Kevin Carter, DO, and Sheila Cheruvelil, MD, at Beavercreek Commons Family Practice.

Dr. Folkerth is also a certified Clinical Trial Investigator and will oversee a range of clinical trials for the Providence Health Partners Center for Clinical Research.

Beavercreek Comons Family Practice.

James Barry, MD, of Companions in Holistic Health Care, Springboro, Ohio was one of the featured physicians in a news story exploring alternative medicine as part of a holistic approach to health care. The story, which included a patient testimonial, ran on Monday night, Nov. 17, 2104 on ABC Ch. 22’s “News at 11”; the feature can be viewed here.

Board Certified in Family Practice and Geriatrics for over thirty years, Dr. Barry offers a natural, balanced approach to wellness and chronic health problems through patient-centered, holistic care. He is Ohio’s only family physician also board certified in holistic medicine, medical acupuncture and functional medicine. More on Dr. Barry’s practice can be found at http://www.companionsinholistichealth.com

Dr. James H. Barry was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy Of Medical Acupuncture, the highest award available from the Academy. To achieve the status of Fellow, applicants must meet strict requirements, including

• Board certification by the AAMA. •  MD or DO degree and recognized license to practice.
• Have a minimum of four years of clinical experience in medical acupuncture.
• Have a minimum of five years of Western medicine practice experience.
• Documented ten hours or more of experience teaching medical professionals on acupuncture related topics.
• Maintain yearly requirements of continuing education.  •  Pass a rigorous written examination.

In addition to practicing medical acupuncture, Dr. Barry has taught acupressure and Qigong/Tai Chi since 2000.

Contemporary Pediatrics, Centerville, OH, has again received the Ohio Department of Health's AFIX Immunization Coverage Award for achieving immunization coverage rates of 90 percent or higher among children up to two years of age. Contemporary Pediatrics attained 91 percent coverage, and is one of only a few practices in Ohio to achieve this level; the national average for immunization coverage is 70 percent. This marks the second time in three years that Contemporary Pediatrics has earned the AFIX award.

The AFIX program is a verifiable quality assessment program for immunization providers; locally the assessment is done by the Montgomery County Health Department. According to the Centers for Disease Control, routine assessment and feedback of vaccination rates for individual providers or provider sites is one of the most effective strategies for achieving high, sustainable vaccine coverage.

Robert L. Hunter, DO, is the subject of the article "From Coal Miner to Physician" that appears in the Fall, 2013 edition of Buckeye Osteopathic Physician magazine. The full-length cover article examines in detail the important objectives Dr. Hunter has established as incoming president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), and explores the personal, professional and public service milestones that have highlighted his career.

Dr. Hunter characterizes his upcoming term in office as the "Year of the Member", referring to the importance being placed on building OOA membership, and providing value to members through new programs and initiatives. He also stresses the importance of advocacy on behalf of osteopathic physicians, and healthcare professionals in general, during this time of dramatic legislative, regulatory and market changes within the healthcare system.

Read the full article here.

Since its first online study in November, 2011, Providence Medical Group has continued to conduct Online Patient Satisfaction Surveys during each quarter; the feedback from these surveys are vital in our efforts to continually improve service and maintain the highest standards of quality, accessible, cost-effective care for all Providence patients. The results of the May, 2013 survey—the fifth study following the initial benchmark survey—have been analyzed, and they show continued high levels of approval for Providence practices, not only in overall satisfaction but in all individual measures of performance as well. Compared to the original survey, statistically relevant increases in satisfaction were seen in areas of practice/patient communication, likelihood of recommending a practice to another person, and in reduced wait times during an appointment.

Perhaps the most revealing finding in the recent survey was in the utilization of the Providence Patient Portal, the online resource that gives patients access to their medical information anywhere at any time, and streamlines communication between patient and practice. In November 2011, about sixty percent of patients had utilized the Portal; this has since grown to over seventy-five percent of patients using the Portal to schedule appointments, communicate with providers, review test results, make billing payments and access a library of important healthcare information.

This most recent Online Patient Satisfaction Survey reported the responses of over one thousand patients of all ages, assuring a very high degree of confidence in the results. Providence Medical Group and its many providers are grateful to the patients who took the time and consideration to complete this survey.

Primary care physician Paul A. Martin, DO, FACOFP, dist., of the Family Care Center, Dayton, and Providence Medical Group, has been recognized by Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. as one of our area's Best Doctors. This recognition is the result of a recently completed biennial national peer survey of health care professionals; Dr. Martin is one of 75 physicians in 35 specialties in greater Dayton to be honored as a 2012-2013 Best Doctor. A profile of Dr. Martin, along with the complete list of local Best Doctors, was published on February 22, 2013 in a special issue of the Dayton Business Journal.

For over 20 years, Best Doctors Inc. has conducted an extensive nationwide physician survey to identify the doctors that other doctors trust most; it is the largest ongoing, peer-reviewed survey in the medical industry. Only those doctors recognized to be in the top 5% of their specialty earn the honor of being named one of the Best Doctors. Those selected to the list of Best Doctors have been reviewed and elected by their peers, and have demonstrated significant clinical and academic accomplishment.

An established leader within both local and national medical communities, Dr. Martin is the founding president and a current board member of Providence Medical Group. He was recently inaugurated as President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). In 2008, Dr. Martin received the Distinguished Fellow Award of ACOFP, which is presented to Fellows who have exhibited exemplary service to the College.

Jennifer McDonald, MD, has relocated her practice in family medicine to the Family Health Center, 70 Remick Boulevard, Springboro, Ohio. Dr. McDonald joins fellow primary care physicians James Fisco, DO, and Emma Garcia, DO, at the Family Health Center, part of the Providence Medical Group.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. McDonald has provided care for families throughout greater Dayton for over ten years. In addition to offering health and wellness care for patients of all ages, Dr. McDonald maintains a special interest in hormonal balance in men and women, including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. A graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Dr. McDonald earned her degree in medicine from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She preformed her residency at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Lebanon Medical Group, Lebanon, Ohio has met the highest standards of quality patient care to earn recognition as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Lebanon Medical Group is headed by Gary Hayes, MD.

The NCQA awards Patient Centered Medical Home recognition to practices that use evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and ongoing patient/provider relationships. Each patient's care is addressed by a clinician-led care team, which provides for all the patient's health care needs, and coordinates treatment across the health care system. Level 3 signifies the highest standards of qualification.

The Ohio Osteopathic Association reports that OOA President-Elect Robert L. Hunter, DO and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians President Paul A. Martin, DO, were among eight DOs selected by the American Osteopathic Association to be interviewed about physician payment reform on talk radio stations over the past two weeks. Both physicians are part of Providence Medical Group: Dr. Hunter practices at Buckeye Family Practice, Huber Heights, Ohio, while Dr. Martin practices at Family Care Center, Dayton, Ohio.

The physicians explained that due to a flawed formula used to calculate how physicians are paid within the Medicare program, doctors are facing severe cuts for the tenth year in a row. Physicians have called on Congress to replace the formula with a system that takes the economics out of the physician-patient relationship.

The interviews, organized by the American Osteopathic Association as part of an advocacy campaign, reached more than 3.5 million listeners across the country.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that nine Providence Medical Group primary care practices have been chosen to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI), a new partnership between select primary care providers and payers from the CMS, state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans and self-insured businesses. This mutually beneficial partnership will provide improved access to quality health care as it lowers costs.

The nine Providence practices are among the first in the country to participate in this groundbreaking initiative — the Cincinnati/Dayton area is one of only seven regions in the nation chosen to initially participate, and only 75 primary care practices from this region were selected. The Providence practices chosen are:

• Beavercreek Commons Family Practice — David Apple, DO; Robert Gardner, DO; John Sefton, DO
• Farmersville Medical Center — Lawrence Ratcliff, MD
• Germantown Medical Associates — Bernard Berks, DO
• Lugo Family Practice — Anthony Lugo, MD
• Medway Medical Center — Edward Hubach, DO
• Suburban Family Practice – Barbara Bennett,, DO
• Suburban Family Practice – Joni Koren, DO
• Sugarcreek Family Medicine — James Foster, MD; Lisa Heinemeyer, MD; Michelle Russell, DO
• Waynesville Health Care — Paul Opsahl, MD

Practices were chosen through a competitive process, based on their use of health information technology, participation in practice transformation and improvement activities, ability to demonstrate recognition of advanced primary care delivery by leading clinical societies, and other criteria. According to Dr. Lawrence Ratcliff, one of the initiative's participating physicians, Providence's "patient-centered medical home" approach to patient care dovetails with CPCI goals. Dr. Ratcliff notes, "This initiative demonstrates that we can really deliver on the promise of our primary care model — that proactive, coordinated, patient-first care is the path to higher quality, cost-effective healthcare."

Under the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, primary care practices are compensated by the CMS for providing enhanced, coordinated services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Simultaneously, participating insurers align payments to primary care practices to support them in providing high-quality primary care on behalf of their members.

For patients, this means these physicians may offer longer and more flexible hours, use electronic health records, and coordinate care with patients' other health care providers. They can also better engage patients and caregivers in managing their own care, and provide individualized, enhanced care for patients living with multiple chronic diseases and higher needs.

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that nine more Providence Medical Group primary care practices have met the highest standards of quality patient care to earn recognition as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes. The practices are:

  • Beavercreek Commons Family Practice — David Apple, DO; Robert Gardner, DO; John Sefton, DO
  • Cornerstone Family Practice — Mark Jeffries, DO
  • Farmersville Medical Center — Lawrence Ratcliff, MD
  • Germantown Medical Associates — Bernard Berks, DO
  • Lugo Family Practice —  Anthony Lugo, MD
  • Medway Medical Center — Edward Hubach, DO
  • Suburban Family Practice – Joni Koren, DO
  • Sugarcreek Family Medicine — James Foster, MD; Lisa Heinemeyer, MD; Michelle Russell, DO
  • Waynesville Health Care — Paul Opsahl, MD

The NCQA awards Patient Centered Medical Home recognition to those practices that use evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and ongoing patient/provider relationships. Each patient’s care is addressed by a clinician-led care team, which provides for all the patient’s health care needs, and coordinates treatment across the health care system. Level 3 signifies the highest standards of qualification.

More than 24,000 people throughout greater Dayton are patients of Providence’s recognized Medical Home practices. According to Susan Becker, COO of Providence Medical Group, “Every patient of a Medical Home practice benefits from providers who know that patient, and that patient’s health history. Continuity of care, partnership with the patient, and the latest practice technologies all lead to better long-term health and wellness. And for our community in general, it’s a foundation for higher-quality, more cost-efficient care.”

Providence Medical Group is pioneering the Patient Centered Medical Home care model in the greater Dayton area. According to available Ohio Department of Health data, ten Providence primary care practices are among a total of twelve practices within Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Miami counties recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes. On February 7, 2012, Suburban Family Practice—Barbara Bennett, DO, was the first Providence provider to earn Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition according to NCQA standards.

Eleven more Providence Medical Group primary care practices are in the final stages of earning NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition.

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Paul A. Martin, DO, FACOFP, Family Care Center, was inaugurated as President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) during the recent 2012 ACOFP Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida. Dr. Martin's keynote address focused on the need for innovation among today's physicians in areas including recruiting medical students, training residents, approaches to patient care and health care financing.

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James Barry, MD, will be one of the noteable figures at the 24th Annual Symposium of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, April 24-29, in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be recognized for earning Diplomate status from the AAMA; Dr. Barry is one of only 20 practitioners in Ohio, and only 600 in the United States, to have become an AAMA Diplomate.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Barbara Bennett, DO, Suburban Family Practice has received recognition from the Physician Practice Connections— Patient Centered Medical Home Program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

Dr. Bennett was the first Providence provider to undertake the many steps needed to earn this recognition; consequently her practice is the first to formally earn Practice Recognition according to the NCQA 2008 standards. These standards identify practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians—each patient's care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient's health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system.

Currently, Providence Medical Group as a whole, including all of its practices, are in the final stages of earning NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition according to the 2011 standards.

Several weeks ago, many of our patients took the time to complete our online Patient Satisfaction Survey. The results show that Providence practices are maintaining, and in some cases even improving upon, very high levels of satisfaction in the quality of care and convenience provided to our patients. The survey also points to areas where we could do even better.

The highlights: In areas of patient/provider communication, partnering with the patient in healthcare decisions, caring and concern of staff, and wellness counseling, over 95% of the respondents reported scores of "good" to "excellent", with the majority of responses falling in the "excellent" category. The overall result: the overwhelming majority of patients would recommend the practice they attend to others. These results don't mean that there isn't room for improvement however. Incorporating Electronic Medical Records procedures (beginning this past summer) benefits patients and practices alike; but as with any major initiative, it has also had its challenges. As practices began implementing EMR, there have been occasions when patients have experienced longer wait times before they have seen a provider—this was borne out in the survey. With this knowledge, and as practice staff become more and more acclimated to new EMR procedures, we have the means to improve our performance in this area, and make sure that every aspect of our service exceeds expectations.

All of us appreciate the time so many people took to complete this survey. In an ever-changing healthcare environment, it's vital for us to receive feedback from both patients and employees, so we can monitor our progress toward continually improving service. Going forward, we'll continue to rely on information-gathering tools like this survey to help us maintain our position of providing high quality, accessible, cost-effective care.

The February 26 issue of the Dayton Daily News carried a special feature section entitled Healthy Connections, and Providence is featured prominently. In it you'll find an article by Susan Becker about team approaches to family medicine (thanks to the staff at Crossroads Medical Center for their help!); Susan and Dr. Larry Ratcliff contributed to articles on EMR, social media and health care, and advances in outpatient medicine. Here are links for the articles available on the DDN website: • Social Media Invades Health Care  •  Electronic Medical Records are Here to Stay
Health Care in the Digital Age
An article on cavernous angioma by Robert Hunter, DO, FACOFP, FACOEP, was featured in the December issue of Osteopathic Family Physician. The case of a 16-year-old with symptoms compatible with cavernous angioma raised the question of familial pattern with CA. Dr. Hunter, of Buckeye Family Practice. details the case and reviews of recent literature that examines the etiology, differential diagnosis, and management options of CAs. View the article.
James Barry, MD, DABMA, of the Family Health Center, Springboro, recently achieved both board certification from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA), and Diplomate status from the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA). Dr. Barry earned certification by completing over 300 hours of intensive acupuncture-specific training and passing the Board's rigorous written examination. Dr. Barry is one of only 20 practitioners in Ohio, and only 600 in the United States, to have become an AAMA Diplomate.

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The Providence Medical Laboratory, located in Dayton, recently passed all phases of its CLIA certification inspection, earning a 96 percent rating out of a possible 100 percent. COLA, an internationally recognized clinical laboratory accreditation organization, conducted the inspection.

Providence Medical Laboratory is an independent lab offering comprehensive diagnostic testing in the areas of clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunoassay
serology, urinalysis, ABO/Rh and antibody screening.

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Contemporary Pediatrics, Centerville, OH, has been recognized as an AFIX Champion by the Ohio Department of Health for its outstanding performance in attaining high immunization rates among children up to two years of age. In calendar 2010, Contemporary Pediatrics was one of only sixteen pediatric practices in Ohio to achieve an immunization coverage rate of at least 90% for children to the age of twenty-four months for the vaccination series 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 HIB, 3 Hepatitis B and 1 Varicella (4:3:1:3:3:1). Contemporary Pediatrics was also an AFIX Champion in 2009. The AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, Exchange) Project for Ohio is a continuous quality improvement program for medical practices to determine and improve the immunization rates of their two year olds. Participating providers allow immunization history data to be collected and then participate in a feedback session to review the information and discuss possible actions to improve immunization practices. This quality assurance strategy is a proven and reliable tool for improving immunization practices and ultimately improving vaccine coverage levels in provider offices. Download complete news release

Robert L. Hunter, DO, FACOFP, was elected as the new president of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) during a meeting of the organization at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, held in Columbus between April 28 and May 1, 2011. Dr. Hunter also co-chaired the symposium, a collaboration between the Ohio Osteopathic Association and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Hunter, of Buckeye Family Practice, Huber Heights, will use his new office to help spearhead the ACOFP's efforts to promote excellence in osteopathic family medicine through education, leadership and responsible advocacy. 

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