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Health-care spotlight

October 24, 2005

Doctor is moderator at conference



FREDERICK, Md. - Dr. Nathan Wei served as the expert moderator at a recent conference entitled "Summit on Psoriatic Arthritis." The meeting was held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

Psoriatic arthritis affects about 500,000 Americans. It causes crippling deformity similar to that found in rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Wei is a board-certified rheumatologist and clinical director of The Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland in Frederick.




Doctor joins hospital staff



Dr. Sarah Buchanan recently joined the staff of Washington County Hospital's department of family medicine. Dr. Buchanan also will practice at Williamsport Family Practice.

Dr. Buchanan graduated with a medical degree from The University of Missouri-Kansas City Combined Medical Program. She completed residencies at Seneca Lakes Family Practice in Seneca, S.C., and Greenville Family Practice in Greenville, S.C. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from the same university.

Prior to joining Washington County Hospital, Dr. Buchanan completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, and a Junior Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Bartles is health department employee of the month



Melissa Bartles has been named the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Month for September. Bartles is employed in the addictions division.

Employed by the Health Department since 2001, she has contributed to the agency's work by bringing experience in working with government and community groups in fighting the community problems caused by addictive behaviors. By acting as a Spanish language interpreter, she has helped enable the Health Department to serve its increasing number of Spanish- speaking clients.

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