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Health care facility not closing,
say operators

By Duane Good, EDITOR


MILLERSBURG • PinnaceHealth System officials confirmed to the Sentinel last week that the company is not closing its FamilyCare facility, located at the site of what once was the Evelyn G. Frederick Health Center east of the borough.

The newspaper contacted the Harrisburg-based healthcare provider about the facility’s status after it received word that two physicians on the staff either had departed or would be departing.

‘‘PinnacleHealth is committed to the Millersburg community. The FamilyCare practice will not be closing,’’ public relations coordinator Kelly McCall told the Sentinel May 1.

McCall confirmed that Dr. John Forney is still seeing patients at the center and will continue to do so through Tuesday, June 30.

She also confirmed that longtime staff member Dr. Robert Ettlinger is not at the facility.

‘‘Dr. Ettlinger is no longer seeing patients. After careful consideration, he will no longer be part of the PinnacleHealth Medical Group,’’ McCall stated.

‘‘Dr. Ettlinger and the PinnacleHealth Medical Group appreciate the trust patients have placed in us to provide medical care for their families,’’ she added. ‘‘Anyone who wishes to remain a patient at this location will be seen by one of our other providers.’’

McCall told the newspaper that three healthcare providers at the Millersburg facility – Russel Miller and Meghan Castagnero, both certified physicians’ assistants; and Christine Hutchison, a certified registered nurse practitioner – are accepting patients and will continue to provide care after June 30.

‘‘In addition, physician coverage will continnue after June 30. More information will be shared with patients in the near future,’’ she said.

McCall also noted, ‘‘There will always be a supervising physician available for the (Millersburg) site, as it is for all our sites. We’ll be able to provide more information as new providers and physicians join the PinnacleHealth Medical Group.’’

She added that as of May 1, she had no additional information to share.