1035 West Wayne Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879
Phone: 419.399.4080, Toll Free: 1.800.741.1743
Mercy Defiance Clinic and Paulding County Hospital are pleased to announce that Mercy’s three general surgeons have joined the staff and are now seeing patients at both Paulding County Hospital and Mercy Defiance.
The three, Souheil Al-Jadda, M.D., Jeffrey A. Pruitt, M.D., and John W. Shaw, M.D., are experienced physicians and all are board certified in General Surgery. Each surgeon will be at Paulding County Hospital for office appointments and surgical procedures one day per week, Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.
In a joint statement, Paulding County Hospital CEO Gary Adkins and Mercy Defiance CEO Chad Peter, noted that the two facilities have a history of working together and are pleased to be offering this additional service to the Paulding community. Other Mercy physicians providing services at Paulding County Hospital, are Raj Gunda, M.D., hematology and oncology, and Thomas Walsh, M.D., urology.
The surgeons’ services include hernia repair, appendectomy, removal of the gallbladder, removal of hemorrhoids, laparoscopic surgery, breast biopsies, mastectomies, bowel surgery, colonoscopies, and EGD, a procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.
Dr. Al-Jadda joined Mercy Defiance in 2006 and has 38 years of general surgery experience. Dr. Pruitt, with 22 years of experience, has been with Mercy Defiance since 1993, and Dr. Shaw, with 19 years in general surgery, joined the Mercy Defiance Staff in 1995.
Scheduling for office appointments with these surgeons at Paulding County Hospital is being handled by Mercy Defiance Clinic. Patients should call Mercy Defiance Clinic toll-free at 1-800-925-4642 or 419-784-1414 and press 1 to be connected to scheduling.
Parkview Health adds Paulding County Hospital to electronic health record system
Parkview Health and Paulding County Hospital recently announced the two will collaborate in an effort to better patient care and access to medical information through Parkview Community Connect. Parkview’s Community Connect program works to extend electronic health records to independent physicians and hospitals throughout the region. As part of this alignment, Paulding County Hospital remains independent but can tap into the same electronic health record system that Parkview facilities use.
“Availability of an electronic health record system is essential in today’s fast paced, digital world and will help us further provide excellent care to our patients and improve healthcare access for the entire community,” said Gary Adkins, CEO, Paulding County Hospital. “We are very pleased to collaborate with Parkview on this project. Access to such a robust system of records that patients and physicians can view anywhere with a secure internet connection is a great tool to have available.”
Parkview Community Connect securely connects patients and doctors into their personal electronic health record used in all Parkview hospitals, physicians’ offices and all participating independent hospitals and physician’s offices. This integrated approach was designed to help eliminate paperwork, decrease cost by eliminating duplicate tests, increase efficiency, improve patients’ quality of care and much more.
Paulding County Hospital was the first hospital to participate in Parkview Community Connect. Since May, when Parkview began communicating the availability of Community Connect, multiple northeast Indiana physician practices have signed on. Implementation of the program in Paulding County Hospital is underway in anticipation of a May 30, 2014 activation date.
In 1992, a program was developed by Healthways to encourage seniors to participate in physical activity. The result was a program called “SilverSneakers” and it helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity. Sponsored by Medicare health plans throughout the United States, one of the benefits of the program is that it pays for a fitness center membership. Paulding County Hospital recently has joined this program. A large participating insurance provider in this area is Humana. Other Medicare insurance plans may also offer this benefit. If you wish to inquire if your Medicare insurance provider provides this benefit, give them a call and see if you can take advantage of this wonderful benefit.
If you currently are a member of the “SilverSneakers” program and you have a membership card, please bring it along to the fitness center at Paulding County Hospital and you can be enrolled in our fitness center.