Amish Patel, DO, MPH, to lead the center

Memorial Hospital of Union County and Pain Management Group (PMG), the leading developer of hospital-based, primary care pain management centers in the Great Lakes region, announce today a partnership to bring balanced pain management care to the Marysville, Ohio area.

Every day, more than 116 million Americans face the burden of chronic pain, which is more than the total affected by diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. Defined as pain that lasts longer than six weeks, chronic pain affects each sufferer differently, with causes ranging from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia to work injuries and migraines.

It’s not uncommon for sufferers to be unsure where to turn for relief and unaware that a variety of treatment methods can be used to create a personalized care plan, unique to their individual needs. The new relationship between Memorial Hospital and PMG provides comprehensive pain management services to the community to solve this debilitating problem.

“Chronic pain can severely impact an individual’s quality of life and ability to participate in normal daily activities,” said Chip Hubbs, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital. “We are glad to provide our community with comprehensive pain management services at a convenient location.”

The Memorial Hospital Pain Management Center features a specially trained staff to help patients take control of their health through less-invasive measures to live life more normally, with less pain. They utilize a variety of treatment options in addition to medication, including physical therapy, steroid injections, psychiatry, and education. The center provides treatment for a variety of conditions including neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), nerve damage, as well as pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms and shingles.

“PMG looks forward to our relationship with Memorial Hospital and the opportunity to bring our well-rounded philosophy of pain management to the Marysville community,” commented John Bookmyer, CEO of PMG. “We believe that a balanced approach to treatment is critical for patients to return to a life uninterrupted by acute and chronic pain. It is truly an honor to be working with an outstanding healthcare provider like Memorial Hospital of Union County.”

Amish R. Patel, DO, MPH, is the lead physician at the clinic with support from the Memorial Hospital pain management team. Dr. Patel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He received his medical degree at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He completed his residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, his internship at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Elwood, Ind., and his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Penn Spine Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

“One of the goals of the pain management team is to educate patients and caregivers about the negative impact inappropriate use of pain medications has on communities,” said Hubbs. “As our community’s healthcare organization, we are committed to working with our patients to help individuals manage their pain in a healthy way. This includes patient accountability, as they partner with us to improve their wellbeing.”

Located in the Ambulatory Care Center of Memorial Hospital, the Pain Management Center will start seeing patients on July 19, 2012. A physician’s referral is required. To schedule an appointment, call (937) 578-4580.

About Memorial Hospital of Union County
Located in Marysville, Ohio, the 97-bed Memorial Hospital of Union County is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Union and its five surrounding counties. The hospital is an acute and primary care facility with more than 30 additional service lines, including laboratory and imaging services, long-term nursing care, an occupational health center and more. Memorial Hospital of Union County is accredited by DNV, which is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to deem Medicare compliance, and was voted the Best Place to Work in Union County.

About Pain Management Group
Based in Findlay, Ohio, Pain Management Group is the leading developer of comprehensive, hospital-based, primary care pain management centers in the Great Lakes region. Since 2001, Pain Management Group has successfully established joint-venture partnerships with hospitals to develop, build, and operate pain management facilities that provide patients suffering from acute and chronic pain with the highest level of balanced health care. For more information on Pain Management Group, visit www.painmgmtgroup.com.

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