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Background of New Office Manager Benefits Local Community

Recently, Lana Melanko, R.N., B.O.L.D., joined the staff of Belmont Professional Associates, a subsidiary of Barnesville Hospital, as Practice Manager. Lana brings a broad range of experience to her new position, both from a management perspective as well as prior clinical involvement. In addition to her experience, she holds a certificate in Insurance and Medical Coding from Belmont College. According to David Phillips, Barnesville Hospital COO, We are excited to have someone of Lanas caliber join our team. She will be a tremendous asset to the organization in the physician practice management area.

Belmont Professional Associates is a non-profit, multi-specialty physician practice with locations in Morristown and Barnesville, Ohio. BPA provides primary and surgical care to residents of Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey, Noble, and Harrison Counties and is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare possible to the patients they serve.

Mrs. Melanko attended West Liberty State College where she received an Associate Degree in Nursing. Her first job was in the Coronary/Intensive Care Unit at the Bellaire City Hospital. After four years, she accepted a position at the Bellaire Clinic, which later became owned and operated by the St. Francis Health System in Pittsburgh. By the end of her 25-year tenure, she held the position of Director of Clinical Operations, managing three clinical sites, 16 physicians, two pharmacies, a laboratory, a radiology department, and a home health agency. During her tenure there, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Mrs. Melanko has also worked for Wheeling Hospital as a Compliance auditor and, most recently, as the Manager of the Schiffler Cancer Center Medical Oncology Division. She was responsible for the management of operations of the Cancer Centers Clinical and Medical staff and infusion center. According to Lana, working with cancer patients and their families has been her most gratifying health care experience because they are so appreciative of everything.

When asked what made her decide to go into healthcare, My youngest brother got hit by a car when he was 11 years old and nearly lost his life. He was in a body cast and had a severe head injury, responded Lana. I was so impressed and appreciative of the nurses that cared for him that I decided I wanted to help others as they had helped us.

Lana, a lifelong resident of Shadyside, married her high school sweetheart, Paul Bud Melanko. They are parents of three children: Paul III Dusty, Director of Marketing for the Wheeling Nailers; Jared who is learning the family business, Melanko Construction; and Marissa, a Registered Nurse in a Surgical Cardiothoracic ICU at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, She and Bud enjoy sports. They are season ticket holders for the Wheeling Nailers. Mrs. Melanko attends the Methodist Church in Shadyside and credits her relationship with Jesus as keeping her anchored.

When asked about her new position, Lana states, I am very excited about my new venture. The physicians and staff are caring and friendly with their patients and with one another. They are a joy to work with! Melankos role as Practice Manager will involve overseeing the family medicine practices of Joseph Durkalski, D.O. and Shaun Roe, D.O. at Morristown Family Medicine. In addition, she will oversee the family medicine practice of Carol Narkevic, M.D. at Barnesville Medical Center. Also at Barnesville Medical Center, Mrs. Melanko will work with the surgical practices of Keith Knupp, M.D., general surgery, and Joel Link, M.D., ENT surgery.