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Hospital news | Wednesday, June 5, 2013
two men

In an effort to help meet the national demand for primary care physicians and expand access to primary care services in underserved communities, Greg Bausch, PharmD, VP/COO of the St. Claire Medical Group, announced the establishment of the new doctor of osteopathic (DO) family medicine residency program in conjunction with the University of Pikeville and supported by the Affordable Care Act - Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program grant. Under the leadership of Twana Hatton, DO, Program Director, this new residency program begins in July of 2013 with two resident physicians who will train at the St. Claire Regional Family Medicine location in Sandy Hook, Ky.

“We are excited about the establishment of the new osteopathic family medicine residency program to be based in St. Claire Regional’s Family Medicine practice. Family physicians serve a unique role in the delivery of primary care and can take care of most problems affecting patients from infancy through old age, This included the entire family; from mother and child through their grandparents,” says Bausch.

“St. Claire Regional is very proud to be able to host an osteopathic family medicine residency program that will benefit many patients particularly in the communities that need our services. Primary care initiatives are an important aspect of health reform and we look forward to training the next generation of family medicine doctors,” says Hatton.

The St. Claire Regional Family Medicine Osteopathic Residency Program is excited to welcome our two new Doctor of Osteopathy residents: Parker Banks, DO, and Chadwick “Chad” Gambrell, DO.

Dr. Banks will graduate in May, 2013 from the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born right here at St. Claire Regional and grew up in West Liberty. He completed his undergraduate education at Morehead State University. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, farming, cooking, Nascar and UK basketball. We also want to congratulate Dr. Banks on his upcoming June marriage.

Dr. Gambrell graduated from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Harrogate, Tennessee. He grew up in Pineville, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending quality time with his wife Chassidy and their two daughters; Ava, age 6 and Emery, age 16 months.

ABOUT Osteopathic Physicians: Osteopathic physicians practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard the body as an integrated whole. Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care and receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system—your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that makes up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts. They are licensed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure as fully practicing physicians, with all the rights and responsibilities as their MD colleagues.