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AHN Saint Vincent Opens State-of-the-Art Center for Urological Care

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Saint Vincent Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network, today celebrated the opening of its newly expanded AHN Saint Vincent Allied Urology practice, located at 311 West 24th Street, Suite 101.

In conjunction with the new facility, AHN Saint Vincent Allied Urology is widening its scope of practice to include comprehensive care for men’s health, women’s urologic health and kidney stone care. The practice’s caregivers are also working closely with the AHN Saint Vincent cancer team to deliver comprehensive care for urological cancers.  The hospital’s new cancer center is being built right across the street from Allied Urology and is scheduled to open in November.

The new Allied Urology facility was funded with a $3.5 million investment by Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health and an additional $1 million grant from the Hess-Roth Foundation, part of the Erie Community Foundation.  It will feature:

  • 23 patient exam rooms, providing patients with better access to care, reduced wait times for appointments and a better overall experience.
  • Four dual procedure rooms
  • Two fully-equipped ultrasound rooms
  • The region’s only Urodynamic testing room, which features technology designed to test physiological functions of the urinary tract.
  • A telemedicine conference room
  • Expanded waiting room capacity
  • Increased office space to house providers, administrators, schedulers, and nurses

“The new AHN Saint Vincent Allied Urology facility represents another significant investment by our organization in the health of men and women who live in the Erie region,” said Saint Vincent president, Chris Clark, DO, MHA. “In keeping with all of our new building projects, this facility was designed to be very patient-centric and will truly enhance the patient experience.”

The practice includes three urologists, Peter Lund, MD, Zdzislaw Chorazy, MD, and Michael Evankovich, MD, and six Advanced Practice Providers, including, Rebecca Rourke, PA; Ashlee DiRado, PA; Nicole Ehrman, PA; Jessica Sansone, PA; Scott Caldwell, CRNP; Brittney Franley, PA.

“With the opening of our new facility, AHN and Saint Vincent are able to offer the region’s  most advanced imaging technology for early diagnosis of prostate cancer, among many other leading-edge capabilities” said Dr. Lund. “Diseases of the urological tract are common among both men and women and we appreciate the commitment that AHN and Highmark Health have made to ensuring that Saint Vincent’s services for meeting this health need are unsurpassed in the Erie region”  

Men’s health issues addressed at Allied Urology include voiding dysfunction and bladder outlet dysfunction, comprehensive care for sexual function and wellbeing, and treatment for kidney, bladder, prostate and adrenal cancers.

Women’s health services include Urodynamics and neuromodulation of the bladder for various lower urinary tract dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence (stress, urge, mixed), fecal incontinence, constipation, urinary retention and voiding dysfunctions.

The practice has also recently established the region’s first telemedicine program for urology, having launched a pilot program in Corry, Pa.   Patients with urological issues can consult with an Allied Urology physician via a video connection to the office of Saint Vincent’s Medical Group of Corry. The detailed video imaging enables the physician to clearly assess the patient and discuss the patient’s condition, then make decisions about follow-up testing. The system can also be utilized for follow-up visits and post-operative care and there are plans to expand the service to additional AHN affiliated office locations next year.

According to Dr. Clark, telemedicine is another innovative component of AHN’s strategy for advancing a patient-centered, community focused and high-value model of care in the region served by Saint Vincent.