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Dr. Vanessa Elliott Appointed Section Chief for Urology at UPMC

Dr. Vanessa Elliott Appointed Section Chief for Urology at UPMC

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Urology of Central Pennsylvania proudly announces that Dr. Vanessa Elliott has been named Section Chief for Urology at UPMC. Dr. Elliott was selected and appointed by the UPMC Urology Department Chair.

As Section Chief for Urology, Dr. Elliott will assist with the oversight of appointments and clinical privileges, interview applicants, and review performance of staff in the urology section.

This appointment honors the dedicated, high-quality work that Dr. Elliott has performed through UCPA at UPMC. Congratulations Dr. Elliott!

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Prostate Cancer Diagnoses and Deaths Predicted to Increase in 2021

Prostate cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent cancers among men in the United States and cancer researchers predict an alarming 30 percent rise in new cases in 2021, according to reports by the American Cancer Society and analysis by ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer.

“The importance of regular prostate screenings among men cannot be emphasized enough,” said Dr. Thomas Clements of Urology of Central Pennsylvania. “Black, non-Hispanic men are at an especially high risk for prostate cancer. Their risk for developing prostate cancer is nearly 80 percent higher than non-Hispanic white men and their death rate from prostate cancer is more than double that of other men.”

The growth in prevalence of prostate cancer may be in part due to delayed visits to the doctor in 2020. Since early detection plays a major part in successfully treating and overcoming the disease, men are strongly encouraged to schedule a yearly prostate cancer screening.

A prostate cancer screening includes a simple blood test to determine prostate-specific antigens (PSA) and may include a digital rectal exam. These easy tests can be performed by a family practice physician or at a urologist’s office, like UCPA’s offices in Camp Hill or Harrisburg.

Urology of Central PA offers free prostate cancer screenings (both PSA blood tests and DRE – Digital Rectal Exams) for men over the age of 45 who have not been screened previously. To schedule your free screening, call our offices at 717-763-1174 (Camp Hill) or 717-724-0720 (Harrisburg).

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Christopher Caputo, MD, Joins UCPA in August 2021

Christopher Caputo, MD, Joins UCPA in August 2021

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Urology of Central Pennsylvania is excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Christopher Caputo to the practice in August 2021.

Dr. Caputo will be affiliated with UPMC PinnacleHealth systems and will perform surgeries at the UCPA Ambulatory Surgery Center and West Shore Surgery Center.

As an active member of the American Urological Association, Christopher Caputo, MD, joins UCPA from Lehigh University and Temple University School of Medicine. He performed his internship at Temple University Hospital and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. While there, he participated in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Caputo’s clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, urologic oncology, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), kidney stone surgery, erectile dysfunction, and voiding dysfunction.

When not working, Dr. Caputo enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, jogging, live music, and cooking.

Welcome Dr. Christopher Caputo!

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2021 Simply The Best Voting Opens on April 15

2021 Simply The Best Voting Opens on April 15

Thank you for nominating Urology of Central PA as Simply The Best Medical Specialist Clinic in Harrisburg Magazine’s 2021 Award competition!

We were honored to be selected as one of the top five nominees. We need your votes to bring home the title in 2021!

Urology of Central Pennsylvania encourages you to take the time to vote for worthwhile organizations in the competition. We would be honored to have your vote as well!

To vote for UCPA as Simply The Best Medical Specialist, visit https://harrisburgmagazine.com/simply-the-best-2021/#//.

Click on “Medical” then go to “Medical Specialist Clinic (w/o a category).” Type in Urology of Central PA and our name will come up. Select our name and enter your email address, then verify your email address and enter!

Votes will be accepted until June 15, 2021.

Thank you for your continued support of Urology of Central Pennsylvania!

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Dr. Scott Owens Discusses Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms and Treatment

In a free educational seminar, Urology of Central PA’s Dr. Scott Owens discusses the impact of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or the enlarged prostate.

Dr. Owens begins the seminar by discussing the importance of the prostate gland, defining BPH and diagnosis methods, and then reviewing treatments that have proven effective for his patients – including the UroLift(R) procedure.

Watch the seminar here:

If you are unable to view the embedded video, please click here to view it.

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COVID Vaccine Help via Primary Physicians or PA DOH Distributor Map

COVID Vaccine Help via Primary Physicians or PA DOH Distributor Map

UCPA has received many calls from patients seeking help to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

As a urology practice, Urology of Central Pennsylvania is NOT a distributor of the COVID-19 vaccine and does NOT give out the vaccine at our locations.

Please check with your primary care provider, as some providers are able to give COVID-19 vaccinations to their own patients.

Otherwise, this map from the Pennsylvania Department of Health may help patients locate vaccination providers and availability.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Vaccine Provider Map: https://bit.ly/3pc7Whb

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Premium Snip City 2021 Appointments Now Available

Premium Snip City 2021 Appointments Now Available

Perfectly time your “big V” so you can stay home and watch the Tournament!
Basketball fans’ favorite time of the year is almost here! If you have been considering a vasectomy, Urology of Central Pennsylvania can help you perfectly time your recovery to maximize your game-viewing time.

Premium Snip City 2021 appointment times are available the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 18 – Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Thursday, March 25 – Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Thursday, April 1 – Friday, April 2, 2021

Every patient will also receive UCPA’s Official Recovery Kit following their Snip City procedure. Each kit includes:

  • Doctor’s note stating you need to sit on the couch and watch basketball
  • Bag of frozen peas
  • Sports magazine
  • T-shirt

Don’t delay! Book your Snip City 2021 appointment today by calling Urology of Central PA.

  • 815 Sir Thomas Court, Harrisburg              717-724-0720
  • 100 Corporate Center Drive, Camp Hill    717-763-1174

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2021 Simply The Best Call for Nominations

Nominations for Harrisburg Magazine’s 2021 Simply The Best Awards are underway.

This year the competition for Simply The Best will be even greater because only the top five nominees in each category will make it to the final ballot, instead of ten.

Urology of Central Pennsylvania encourages you to nominate worthwhile organizations and asks for your vote.

To nominate UCPA as Simply The Best Medical Specialist, visit https://harrisburgmagazine.com/simply-the-best-2021/#//.

Click on “Medical” then go to “Medical Specialist Clinic (w/o a category).” Type in Urology of Central PA and our name will come up. Select our name and enter your email address, then verify your email address and enter!

You can also nominate one of our wonderful nurses. Follow the same link and under the “Medical” category, click on “Nurse (Name and Workplace).” Type in the nurse’s name and UCPA, then enter.

Nominations will be accepted until February 21, 2021.

Thank you for your continued support of Urology of Central Pennsylvania!

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Dr. Owens Awarded Leadership Role within UPMC PinnacleHealth

Urology of Central Pennsylvania congratulates Dr. R. Scott Owens for his newly-appointed leadership role within the UPMC PinnacleHealth system.

As of November 16, 2020, Dr. Owens was awarded the role of Chair in the Department of Surgery for UPMC PinnacleHealth. Dr. Owens has been an active member of the medical staff at UPMC PinnacleHealth hospitals and the Department of Surgery since 1995 as a Urologist.

Upon receipt of this position, Dr. Owens shared a letter with the department and healthcare providers. Here is an excerpt from that letter.

Health care is the foundation built for compassion, caring and transparency and the center of all we do [as healthcare providers], providing safe, quality care for the people we serve. Surgical Services is the engine that runs healthcare and it’s essential we continue to provide and perform at the highest level. 

To ensure our commitment in providing the high-quality care that our patients and communities expect, we are always exploring opportunities to improve. I appreciate [my fellow healthcare providers’] contributions and dedication to ensuring that our patients and our communities receive high-quality care.”

Thank you, Dr. Owens, for stepping into this new leadership role and advocating for high-quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for our community.

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