Gettysburg Cancer Center gets new name, opens third clinic

Gettysburg Cancer Center, a community oncology practice for three decades, has adopted a new name and logo – as part of an extensive rebrand – and opened a clinic at 6475 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg.

The practice is now known as Pennsylvania Cancer Specialists & Research Institute to reflect its “mission of becoming the leading cancer care and clinical trial provider in Pennsylvania,” a release said.

It also operates clinics in Gettysburg and Hanover.

“We’ve had significant exciting changes to Gettysburg Cancer Center’s structure and growth over the last few years,” said Dr. Satish Shah, the practice’s founder and medical director. “We have started treating patients in Mechanicsburg and plan to grow throughout Pennsylvania, expanding care options, including clinical research, in the community – close to where our patients live. Our mission demanded we rebrand the practice to better reflect who we are to our patients, their caregivers as well as our care teams.”

In July 2021, the practice joined OneOncology, the national platform for independent oncology practices, and added four providers while also expanding services along the cancer continuum of care.

Pennsylvania Cancer Specialists and Research Institute offers patients comprehensive medical and radiation oncology care, including a “robust” clinical trial program, the release said.

The practice has more than 20 clinical trials open and more are being considered. Over his career, Shah has run more than 100 clinical trials in central Pennsylvania.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Autism therapy clinics open in Lancaster, Mechanicsburg

King of Prussia-based Helping Hands Family, a provider of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, is further expanding its autism services in Pennsylvania by opening clinics in Lancaster and Mechanicsburg.

The company’s family therapists provide individualized, child-led treatment plans “with a collaborative goal that considers the entire family’s needs to always make autism services personal,” a release explained.

Helping Hands Family also has locations in Abington, Collegeville, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Lehigh Valley, Paoli, West Chester and Wyomissing.

Clinical Director Erin Corbett said, “HHF is delighted to expand ABA services to the greater Lancaster and Mechanicsburg communities. Our team provides intensive ABA therapy developed uniquely for each child and a program that is always at our high standard of care. With ongoing training, mentorship and clinical quality assurance across all our team members, our goal is to support each of our clients on an individual level by honoring cultural and family values, client assent and compassionate care.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer.

UPMC opens Harrisburg walk-in orthopaedic injury clinic 

UPMC Orthopaedic Care has opened a new Walk-In Orthopaedic Injury Clinic in Harrisburg. 

The new clinic offers access to expert evaluation by orthopaedic specialists and care for acute, non-life-threatening orthopaedic injuries. 

The clinic is located at Arlington Orthopedics-UPMC at 820 Sir Thomas Court, Harrisburg. It is equipped with diagnostic technology to provide immediate care for bone, joint and muscle injuries, acute back or neck pain, broken bones and sports-related injuries. 

“UPMC Walk-In Orthopaedic Injury Clinic is staffed with well-trained certified providers to treat orthopaedic injuries. The clinic enables us to respond to orthopaedic health concerns more quickly, resulting in not only exceptional patient care but also help with any capacity issues faced at the hospitals, particularly the emergency rooms, given the pandemic”, said John Grandrimo, orthopaedic surgeon with Arlington Orthopedics-UPMC. 

Central Penn College partners with UPMC Pinnacle Medical Group on new campus clinic

Central Penn College students now have access to a variety of health care services including COVID-19 testing thanks to a partnership between the East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County-based college and UPMC Pinnacle Medical Group.

The two organizations announced late last month that the medical group would be opening the campus’ first-ever clinic.

The partnership comes at a time where accessible health care is more important than ever, said Romeo Azondekon, vice president of student services at the college.

“For the first time in Central Penn’s history, our students will have access to an on-campus healthcare clinic,” said Azondekon. “We thank the team at UPMC for partnering with the college on this truly historic initiative.”

The clinic, located at the intersection of College Hill Road and B Street, is available to both faculty and students and open weekdays for in-person visits as well as virtual care by appointment.

Dr. Robert Nielsen, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle Health Medical Group, said that the organization is excited at the opportunity to collaborate with the college.

“The combination of our onsite clinic and virtual urgent care will provide students cost-effective access to timely care,” said Nielsen. “We look forward to this as a building block for many collaborative efforts with Central Penn College in the future.”

Penn State Health, Highmark to open new Cumberland County health center

Penn State Health and Highmark Health plan to begin construction on a new health practice at Highmark’s corporate campus in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County.

The new Penn State Health Medical Group — East Pennsboro practice is expected to begin construction this summer and open in the fall, the two organizations wrote in a press release on Thursday.

“The new clinic in East Pennsboro Township is a critical access point for primary care, point of care testing and referrals for specialty services,” said Deborah Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark. “Highmark is a proud partner of Penn State Health and we are pleased to provide vital services for our employees and community members who live and work in central Pennsylvania.”

The clinic is planned to be 7,400 square feet in size and will have three Penn State Health providers upon opening.

Members of the community are free to visit the clinic along with the 3,500 local Highmark employees who work on the campus.

Pittsburg-based architecture firm AE7 is designing the building and the engineering firm on the project is Cambria County-based HF Lenz.

Penn State Health and Highmark have also partnered on two multi-million dollar medical centers in the midstate– the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Cumberland County, planned to be finished in mid-2021, and the Lancaster Medical Center in Lancaster County, planned to be finished in 2022.

“Alongside Highmark, Penn State Health continues to deliver on a promise to improve health care access and choice in central Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Peter Dillon, chief clinical officer at Penn State Health. “With this most recent clinic addition to our system, residents close to Cumberland County have a new, state-of-the-art facility where they can choose to receive high-quality care.”