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Tristan Radiology to disband, providers to join Penn State Health

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Radiologists joining Penn State Health Medical Group from Tristan Radiology Specialists. From left to right, Dr. Shervin Dean, Dr. Scott Wise, Dr. Brian Bloom, Dr. Mark Labuski, Dr. Brian Bentley, Dr. Rhondey Harford, Dr. Maria Pettinger, Dr. Dennis Duryea, Dr. Stacy Castaldi, Dr. Joachim Huerter and Dr. P. Lynwood Stagg III. Not pictured: Dr. Todd Sanders.
Radiologists joining Penn State Health Medical Group from Tristan Radiology Specialists. From left to right, Dr. Shervin Dean, Dr. Scott Wise, Dr. Brian Bloom, Dr. Mark Labuski, Dr. Brian Bentley, Dr. Rhondey Harford, Dr. Maria Pettinger, Dr. Dennis Duryea, Dr. Stacy Castaldi, Dr. Joachim Huerter and Dr. P. Lynwood Stagg III. Not pictured: Dr. Todd Sanders. - (Photo / )

Twelve radiologists with Harrisburg-based radiology group Tristan Radiology Specialists have joined Penn State Health Medical Group after finding it difficult to remain independent.

Tristan Radiology Specialists has provided diagnostic imaging services for over 40 years through its offices in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County and Susquehanna, Lower Paxton and Derry townships in Dauphin County.

The group of 13 radiologists will be disbanding at the end of the year, according to Tristan Radiology President Mark Labuski, who said that Tristan could no longer expand or recruit, let alone cover the costs of day-to-day operations.

"Being a small independent group for years and years, it's become increasingly difficult to manage the necessary overhead because of our small size," Labuski said. "The group made the difficult decision to disband in 2018 and all of the radiologists began looking at the opportunities out there."

Labuski said that 12 of the group's 13 radiologists ultimately decided to take an offer from Penn State Health to join the hospital system's outpatient network. Operating as Penn State Health's new community radiology team, the former Tristan radiologists will provide services at Penn State's Lime Spring Outpatient Center in Lancaster County and a Harrisburg-area facility, a well as to various Penn State Health and independent providers. Tristan's non-physician employees were also offered positions in the system.

“We are thrilled that the imaging experts previously part of Tristan decided to pair their stellar reputation in the community we serve with Penn State Health’s commitment to ensuring those in our region have access to specialized care and treatment options as close to home as possible,” Dr. Bill Bird, senior vice president for Penn State Health Medical Group, said.

Tristan Radiology Specialists is scheduled to leave its current offices on Dec. 31. They are owned by UPMC Pinnacle. Kelly McCall, UPMC Pinnacle public relations director, said the hospital system will continue its radiology services through Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates of Fairview Township, York County.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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