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Fulton boosts medical services

August 01, 2000

Fulton boosts medical services



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The opening last month of Fulton County Medical Services, a new four-physician office complex in McConnellsburg, is the first satellite medical facility built by the Fulton County Medical Center in its home county.

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The hospital already owns a two-physician satellite center in in Franklin County, Pa., Mercersburg Medical Associates on North Main Street.

The new Fulton center, at 216 S. First St., provides offices for four physicians and Rosalind Klinepeter, a former nurse at Fulton County Medical Center and its first nurse midwife to be given staff privileges at the hospital.

Melissa Randler, spokeswoman for Fulton County Medical Center, said five new physicians have been recruited by the hospital since July 1999. Two of the five are replacements for long-time McConnellsburg doctors who died in the last year, Randler said.

The new physicians bring to 12 the number of doctors practicing at the hospital. An additional 50 plus have privileges to practice as specialists.

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Physician at the new Medical Services Center include Dr. Sharon E. Martin, an internist, and Dr. Ronald Koval, specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.

Martin and Koval had separate private offices in McConnellsburg.

Physicians new to the area moving into the new center are Dr. Terrence McKee, general surgery; and Dr. Joanna Brady, a family practitioner. Brady, a Fulton County native, completed her residency at York Hospital.

"It's hard to find medical office space in McConnellsburg large enough for four physicians," Randler said. There are economies of scale with savings on administration and staffing costs and shared spaces, she said.

The new facility has nine exam rooms and four procedure rooms. Randler said the new medical center covers 5,500 square feet in two suites. The building was constructed in a factory as a medical facility and moved onto the site. It was finished in about a week at the site.

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