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St. Joseph’s adds physicians

April 25, 2013
By Lisa Wharton - St. Joseph’s Hospital , The Inter-Mountain

St. Joseph's Hospital has served the residents of Upshur County and beyond with quality health care for 91 years. In response to the community's health care needs, the hospital has grown from an eight-bed hospital to a 95-bed facility. In the past year alone, the hospital added six much-needed physicians to its staff and welcomed a seventh new physician in March.

A critical specialty, urology, was in great demand, but not available on a full-time basis in Upshur County. As a result, St. Joseph's Hospital welcomed the addition of Dr. Douglas McKinney, urologist.

McKinney brings vast urological experience to Upshur County.

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"Having a full-time urologist on staff with his capabilities is invaluable to our community," said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital.

In addition to urology, St. Joseph's Hospital added two additional specialists: Dr. Bartley Brown, internal medicine specialist, and Dr. Priya Sundaram, obstetrics and gynecology.

Brown comes to St. Joseph's from the Charleston Area Medical Center.

"He has become a valuable addition to our staff in the area of internal medicine and offers the community increased access to care," Johnson-Phillippe said.

Sundaram joined the staff of the Associates of Women's Health at St. Joseph's Hospital in August of 2012, having previously practiced in Baltimore, Md., after completing her residency at the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

Recognizing the need for family practice physicians, St. Joseph's also added three new family physicians: Dr. Sara Chua, Dr. Stephanie Frame and Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer.

Chua was the medical director of the St. George Medical Clinic in St. George. Frame previously practiced at the United Hospital Family Medical Center in Clarksburg, and Kirchdoerfer brings valuable experience having practiced at the Tri-County Health Clinic for more than 23 years.

In March, Dr. Ilan Bornstein, obstetrics and gynecology, became the newest member of the Physicians of St. Joseph's.

"We closely monitor the needs of our community and work to ensure that they have the physicians they need close to home," said Johnson-Phillippe. "At St. Joseph's Hospital, our goal is not only to provide excellence in the delivery of care, but compassionate health care to all of our patients."



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