Advances in Healthcare

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By Marianne Reid Anderson
We, at Northern Connection magazine, feel incredibly fortunate to live and work in an area with access to the most advanced medical technologies, procedures and more and brought to us by so many dedicated healthcare professionals. Former Advances in Healthcare are available on our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com. In this issue, we are pleased to highlight the following fields of healthcare and their latest developments:

Chiropractic Care – GENTLE chiropractic services, with no loud popping or twisting, are available through Amorose Family Chiropractic. Care is suitable for the entire family, from children and athletes all the way through to grandparents. Through gentle chiropractic in a comfortable setting, the healing power of the body is invigorated and released, and practice members experience healing of both body and mind. “Not only do practice members experience a dramatic change in their health complaint, but they also experience benefits in their overall health that aid in a healthier lifestyle, now and in the future. For example, some practice members have less anxiety, better sleep patterns, and make better diet choices as well as experience the relief that comes with chiropractic care,” explains Dr. Kelly Amorose. Amorose Family Chiropractic was founded by the husband and wife team of Drs. Kelly and Lucas Amorose who are dedicated to the health and well-being of the entire family. Amorose Family Chiropractic is conveniently located at 8160 Perry Highway in McCandless. To learn more, feel free to drop by, call (412) 847-8946 or visit their website at http://www.amorosefamilychiro.com.
Electronic Medical Records – “In order to provide the most efficient ease of use for our staff, our physicians and their patients,” noted Mark Kissinger, executive director of Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., “we are partnering with Athenahealth effective June 1 to provide new cloud based electronic medical records and billing activities.” Now used by more than 72,000 healthcare providers across the nation, Athenahealth has become a leader in the innovation of cloud-based services, interoperability and mobile applications for medical groups and health systems. “We look forward to working with Athenahealth as we continue to stress responsive high quality medical service to our thousands of patients and their physicians,” added Kissinger. “With this relationship,” he said, “Athenahealth becomes a true partner in the creation of and management of our medical records. As one example, we will have access to the latest daily and monthly cloud based upgrades and changes to our software systems including all necessary timely revisions related to commercial and government payment requirements. I have not seen another vendor that compares with what Athenahealth will offer. The Athenahealth system,” noted Kissinger, “is geared to physicians. It is both user friendly and easily accessible. In addition, it will provide a simple online secure Portal for patients to access their medical records, test results and to communicate with their physician’s office” Based in Watertown, Massachusetts, and founded in 1997, Athenhealth, Inc. has over 4,600 employees with $15 billion in posted client collections and 1.2 billion data transactions. Founded in 1995, Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., is the largest independent primary care physicians group serving the Greater North Hills with offices stretching north from the City of Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township in Butler County. To learn more, visit http://www.genesismedical.org.

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repairs – A team of surgeons and interventional cardiologists at UPMC recently performed their 500th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), more than any other heart program in the region. The minimally invasive procedure repairs the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a debilitating narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve that causes shortness of breath, lightheadedness and fatigue. UPMC physicians began performing the TAVR procedure in 2011 and now are among the most experienced in the country. The treatment greatly improves the quality of life for those who suffer from aortic stenosis, which affects as many as 500,000 people in the U.S. This condition can interfere with daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Previously, a patient’s only option was to have open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve, but the procedure often was deemed too risky for elderly patients, who are most prone to the condition. TAVR involves implanting an artificial valve through a catheter, or thin tube, inserted through a large artery in the leg or chest. As a leading center, UPMC is the only program in the region to have four different types of catheter valves available for implantation, two of which are FDA-approved and two of which are available only through clinical trials in the U.S. “Open heart surgery is not the ideal option for every patient,” said John Schindler, M.D., co-director of the Center for Aortic Valve Disease at UPMC. “TAVR provides an additional aortic valve replacement option for high-risk patients who would benefit from a less-invasive procedure.” “TAVR does not require opening the heart, and we can avoid placing the patient on a heart-lung machine,” said Thomas Gleason, M.D., chief of the division of cardiac surgery at UPMC. “As the largest heart surgery program in Pennsylvania, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute has access to more of the new transcatheter valve technologies than any other program in the region, and we are continuing to evaluate new designs for these life-saving devices.” To learn more, visit http://www.upmc.com/services/heart-vascular/Pages/default.aspx.

Neurosurgery – Treatments for the brain, spine and endovascular systems have progressed to a phenomenal level of care. Many treatments are minimally invasive and can help people along the entire spectrum of brain, spine and neurovascular abnormalities. For example, just as a cardiologist can use a catheter to clear a blocked heart, neurosurgeons can use specialized catheters to clear out a clot in the brain. Other advances include fixing aneurisms, treating strokes, removing tumors, among many, many other procedures to treat the brain, spine and endovascular system.
Patients in the Butler/Seneca/Beaver areas now have access to the complete array of brain, spine and endovascular procedures thanks to the PA Brain and Spine Institute. Led by top neurosurgeons, Drs. Michael Horowitz and Richard Spiro, the institute has brought state-of-the-art, minimally invasive, procedures for the brain, spine, and endovascular system to the Butler, Seneca and Beaver areas. Services provided include:
• Aneurysms
• Brain Tumors
• Carotid disease
• Endovascular surgery
• Facial pain syndromes
• Hemifacial spasm
• Hydrocephalus/normal pressure hydrocephalus
• Microvascular decompression
• Minimally invasive procedures for vascular issues
• Minimally invasive treatment of spinal disorders
• Neurological surgery
• Oncology
• Spinal fusion
• Spinal reconstruction
• Spinal surgery
• Spinal tumors
• Stroke
Their surgeons, nurses, physician assistants and staff are dedicated to guide you compassionately and knowledgeably through the choices you face, and to present you with the most advanced and practical options available for treatment and recovery. Best of all, patients have immediate access to the procedures they need without the risk (or expense) of having to be transported or flown into the city. To learn more, visit http://pabrainspine.com or contact Butler Health System at (855) 365-7274.

Be sure and look for more Advances in Healthcare in our upcoming March issue! If you know of advances in healthcare treatments and procedures, be sure and let us know so that we can create awareness for the community by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or calling (724) 940-2444.