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Barnesville Hospital and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Continue Strong Collaborative Effort

While Barnesville Hospital continues its history as an independent, community hospital, the Board of Trustees and Administration recognize the importance of partnering with others to provide higher quality and more efficient health care. According to David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital is again collaborating with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), ultimately achieving our mission which is to improve the communitys health through the efficient provision and integration of quality health services and health education.

In addition to telestroke, Barnesville Hospital and OSUWMC recently implemented a collaborative in health education to expose Internal Medicine trainees to the practice of rural medicine. Dr. Michael Langan, Director of Internal Medicine, Primary Care Career Track, explains, Residents in the Primary Care Track at OSUWMC are put into a month-long immersion experience in Barnesville to enhance awareness and develop an appreciation of the practice of primary care in a rural community. With these efforts, Dr. Langan anticipates an improved overall educational curriculum for primary care trainees and remains hopeful that such exposure will inspire residents to pursue the careers in rural communities where there is a desperate need. Review of current literature and exposure to reading materials in the realm of rural medicine further enhance the month-long experience.

Dr. Ashley Strauss, a Primary Care resident, recently completed her rotation. She states, I enjoyed my time in Barnesville. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I have a newfound understanding and appreciation of what it means to practice primary care in a rural setting.

Pratap K. Souri, MD, Himalaya Patcha, MD, and Abhisek Shahi, MD, a recent addition to the Barnesville Hospital Medical Staff, have been appointed Affiliate Directors, responsible for the day-to-day activities of the rotation. During the month that Dr. Strauss was in Barnesville, she worked beside Dr. Durkalski, Dr. Narkevic, and Dr. Roe, as well as Dr. Patcha and Dr. Souri, both as in their offices, as well as rounding on patients within the hospital.

Early feedback has been positive. When asked about her experience, Dr. Strauss remarked, It was a valuable, interesting experience, and I was impressed with the quality of care available to the residents of Barnesville. Dr. Langan hopes to continue exposing residents to an area of medicine that is critical to the future of health care delivery.