|St. Rita's holds open house at UNOH practice|
|Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:21 AM|
LIMA — St. Rita’s Family Medicine at University of Northwestern Ohio will hold a ribbon-cutting and open house from noon-2 p.m. Friday.
Located at 3224 Jarvis Drive, along Eastown Road, it’s a free-standing family medicine practice open to the public. Dr. Mark Kahle, a physician with ties to Elida, and Dr. K.C. Brandeberry, who is just finishing service in the Navy, will have offices there.
This collaboration will bring quality medical care to residents on the west side of Lima, as well as UNOH students.
“What they’re going to get is the finest medical care they can get and it’s right here on campus,” UNOH President Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis said.
It will also provide a training opportunity for UNOH students enrolled in the medical assisting, medical office management, health information technology and other health related programs, he said.
“It provides access to the community. It provides access for UNOH students. It provides an opportunity for students here to train,” St. Rita’s CEO Bob Baxter said.
He stressed that, while the office is a partnership with UNOH, it is a St. Rita’s facility open to all.
“We would be excited for this to be a community member’s regular physician’s office,” Baxter said.
St. Rita’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Herbert Schumm, said the practice fills a need. Many of the emergency department patients at St.Rita’s who did not have a primary care physician lived in the area.
“This was clearly one of the areas that was underserved,” he said.
He added that St. Rita’s MyChart online personal health record will benefit students on and off campus.
“Many of the students come from other states; some from other countries,” he said. “With our electronic medical records, MyChart, they can take that record with them wherever they go.”