Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSBURGH (Aug. 16, 2017) — According to a study by Dartmouth University, patients who utilize a primary care physician (PCP) have lower death rates for cancer, heart disease and stroke, have fewer hospitalizations, and spend less on health care, among other benefits. PCPs also help patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease control complications before they become a more serious and costly problem.
Recognizing these benefits, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is teaming up Allegheny Health Network (AHN) to offer a free "Meet Dr. Right" event on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Allegheny Valley Hospital, 1301 Carlisle St. in Natrona Heights. Parking for this event is free.
Allegheny Valley Hospital recently completed an expansion project that includes a new orthopedic, neurosurgical and medical-surgical unit, and inpatient rehabilitation unit. The inpatient rehab unit provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, while the new surgical unit has 10 new private rooms and two that are semi-private.
The Meet Dr. Right event is sponsored by Highmark and provides attendees with the opportunity to meet, mingle, and make appointments with PCPs, specialists, and other health care professionals from Allegheny Valley Hospital, AHN, and other community practices.
Practitioners scheduled to attend the Allegheny Valley Hospital event include PCPs, internal medicine practitioners, OB/GYNs, cardiologists, and other medical specialists from AHN and the nearby community who are accepting new patients.
"A PCP should serve as your partner in health and be a trusted medical confidant, someone who knows you and understands your unique medical history," said Charles DeShazer, M.D., chief medical officer for Highmark. "That's why we provide these free Meet Dr. Right events — to help individuals meet and get to know the right doctor, someone who can help better coordinate their care."
Attendees can also take advantage of free health screenings and meet with health-related vendors offering services locally. Free refreshments will also be served.
Individuals interested in attending the free event should visit www.meet-dr-right.com or call 1-855-856-0319 to register in advance. A list of participating physicians and information about each doctor is also available on www.meet-dr-right.com.
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in commercial market share, and has strong Medicare Advantage market share as well. Highmark, through its health plan affiliates and subsidiaries, is the largest and highest-rated Medicare Advantage program in Pennsylvania with a CMS rating of 4.5 Stars. In western Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs nearly 4,000 people in western and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
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