Northern Oswego County Health Services Introduces Newly Recruited Primary Care Practice Providers

Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2013 recruitment of nine new primary care providers to its recently consolidated practice locations.

In January 2013, NOCHSI added practices in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish and Phoenix to its already existing practice in Pulaski.

In addition, NOCHSI recently added the Mexico School-Based Health Center to its five-school network of School-Based Health Centers located in the APW, Pulaski, and Sandy Creek school districts.

The recruitment includes three physicians – two family practitioners and a pediatrician – five nurse practitioners, and one physician assistant.

The two family practitioners are Scott Stern, M.D. and Amanda Ray, D.O.

Dr. Stern is a native of Oswego County and recently practiced in Syracuse.

He began practice at the Parish Health Center in May.

Dr. Ray recently completed her family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and joined the Pulaski Health Center in July.

Pediatrician Megan Pecha, M.D. completed her pediatrics residency at Upstate Medical University and joined NOCHSI from the Upstate University Hospital Department of Pediatrics in September.

She is providing services at the Sandy Creek School-Based Health Center and is establishing an expanded newborn and pediatrics program at the Pulaski Health Center.

In April, nurse practitioner Adrienne Brimmer joined NOCHSI and is currently providing services at the newly opened Mexico Middle School-Based Health Center.

Brimmer and nurse practitioner graduate recruits Pramila Adhikari, Nola Gardner and Deanna Grimshaw are graduates of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing.

Pramila Adhikari, NP, is practicing at the Fulton and Pulaski health centers.

Nola Gardner, NP, is practicing at the Pulaski Health Center.

Deanna Grimshaw, NP, is practicing at the Oswego Health Center.

Tonya Forshier, NP, who is also a graduate recruit from the State University of New York Institute of Technology, is practicing at the Parish and Phoenix health centers.

In April, physician assistant Sarah Oddo joined NOCHSI and is practicing at the Oswego Health Center.

She is a graduate of the LeMoyne College Physician Assistant Studies Program.

According to Daniel Dey, CEO of NOCHSI, “The extremely successful recruitment of primary care providers achieves the key goals of the collaboration between NOCHSI, Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Hospital in consolidating their respective primary care practices, that is to stabilize the practices and open up greater access so that Oswego County residents can have a ready and reliable network of well-trained, high quality and dedicated primary care practitioners.”

Dr. Patrick Carguello, NOCHSI’s chief medical officer noted that, “the new providers are all locally trained, have ties to the area, and all trained at the Pulaski Health Center prior to or upon their hire. Their selection is a tribute to their skills and commitment to the area.”

NOCHSI health centers are family-oriented health care practices that provide Oswego and Southern Jefferson County residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services.

NOCHSI is accredited through The Joint Commission.

All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients.

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