News — Page 6

UCPA Patient Care and Service Updated during Coronavirus Pandemic

Celebrating Nurse’s & Surgical Services Week at UCPA ASC

This is Nurse’s Week and we are also recognizing it as our “Surgical Services Week” at our ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Center).

We applaud our ASC Team’s efforts! Everyone who works at the UCPA ASC is committed and dedicated to making this experience as efficient and as pleasant as possible for each patient and their unique needs. We offer cost effective, high quality and state of the art services at our urology specific ASC with experienced, knowledgeable and caring staff. We are very fortunate to have some of the most trusted and talented staff at our ASC.

We appreciate the positive difference they make each and every day! THANK YOU!


Prostate Cancer Center, a Division of Urology of Central PA, Joins UPMC Pinnacle

  • Urology of Central PA is committed to provide the most advanced, accessible and responsive urologic care in Central Pennsylvania.
  • In the best interest of our patients, Urology of Central PA decided to sell the Prostate Cancer Center, a division of our practice, to UPMC Pinnacle in January 2019.
  • Urology of Central PA remains an independent medical practice.
  • Urology of Central PA chose UPMC Pinnacle to purchase the Prostate Cancer Center to best ensure the advancement and accessibility of prostate cancer care in the region.
  • The Prostate Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by highly-skilled specialists who have decades of invaluable experience treating prostate cancer.
  • The Prostate Cancer Center almost exclusively treats prostate cancer patients using external beam radiation therapy.
    • The Prostate Cancer Center uses the latest technology in treating prostate cancer.
    • Radiation therapy includes both Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
  • As a result, a Dr. David Salinger and other Prostate Cancer Center associates became employees of UPMC Pinnacle.
  • The Prostate Cancer Center continues to be located in the same building as Urology of Central PA at 100 Corporate Circle Drive, Camp Hill.
  • The purchase of the Prostate Cancer Center will provide UCPA and UPMC Pinnacle increased opportunities to offer preventative care, partner closely on prostate cancer services, and provide more/varied/different treatment options for patients.
  • Urology of Central PA remains deeply committed to prostate cancer care and accessible, responsive treatment. We will still meet our community’s need for high-quality, convenient, cost-efficient urologic and prostate cancer care.
  • Patients will continue to have access to the UCPA-hosted support group that meets every third Thursday of every other month (February, April, June, August. October & December).
  • Patients will still have access to free prostate cancer screenings (PSA and DRE).
  • Maintaining our relationships with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) remains important to Urology of Central PA.

2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg Date & Sponsorships Announced

2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg Date & Sponsorships Announced

Urology of Central Pennsylvania and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer are proud to announce our 2019 5K Run/Walk Harrisburg date. On Friday, September 20, at 6 p.m., on City Island in Harrisburg, hundreds of participants, businesses, families and prostate cancer survivors will join to fight against the second most common cancer in men.

This annual 5K Run/Walk has made a big difference in the lives of men and their families through the research, screening, awareness, and advocacy work of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. You are invited to participate as a sponsor, participant, or volunteer!


Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Urology of Central Pennsylvania thanks our amazing staff. Our staff make a difference every day and we extend our sincere appreciation today, Administrative Professionals Day!

The staff at Urology of Central Pennsylvania do a lot to help our practice and physicians serve our patients well.

Today, we would like to recognize our Patient Service Representatives in our Patient Assistance Center (PAC). These are the hard-working people you speak with when calling to schedule appointments, ask questions, and check-in and check-out. Thank you to our Medical Secretaries and Schedulers who schedule procedures in our Surgery Center (ASC) or at the hospitals and also schedule imaging exams (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, etc.). Many thanks also to the staff in Medical Records and our Billing & Administrative team (HR, Purchasing, and Information Technology). THANK YOU for going above and beyond each day!


Updated Information on Bladder Cancer (BCG) Drug Shortage

Earlier we shared a message regarding Merck’s anticipated TICE BCG supply constraints due to an increasing global demand for the product.

To minimize disruption to patient care, Merck (the sole supplier of BCG to the United States) announced an immediate change to their TICE BCG distribution model, and in January, ceased all drop shipments and began allocating TICE BCG exclusively to wholesalers and distributors based on product supply and historical purchasing patterns. Wholesalers and distributors in turn, began utilizing the same allocation model to fulfill customer orders directly; therefore, please contact your wholesaler should you have any questions about your allotment.

Although Merck is exploring options to increase their production of TICE BCG, they expect this global supply constraint to continue throughout 2019.


Thank You, Physicians

National Doctor’s Day — March 30, 2019

On March 30, we celebrated National Doctor’s Day with many others in our community. The role of physician has grown over the years and now includes many unique challenges. We acknowledge the tenacity and dedication of our wonderful physicians who work for the best interest of their patients.

In recognition of the healers in our community, Urology of Central Pennsylvania has compiled some of the kind words of our partners and our patients. Please remember to thank your health care providers for their hard work throughout the year.


2019 Prostate Cancer Patient Guide for LUGPA Members

2019 Prostate Cancer Patient Guide for LUGPA Members

As part of LUGPA’s mission to preserve and advance the independent practice of urology and to promote the highest standards of urological care, we are once again pleased to share an important educational resource for your practice.

Please use the information below to access the Prostate Cancer Patient Guide, a comprehensive resource for any man who has been newly diagnosed, who is in treatment, or is concerned about a rising PSA or recurrence.

Recently updated by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), the 2019 Prostate Cancer Patient Guide is an invaluable resource to share with your patients. The guide consolidates current information available on the following topics and many more:


Dr. Clements Discusses Men’s Health, Prostate Cancer on WHP580

Men often do not consider the importance of caring for their own health. This perspective can be dangerous though. Dr. Thomas Clements spoke with Michael Parks about men’s health and how a broad array of issues can be prevented or addressed by men paying more attention to their bodies.

Listen to this podcast to hear more about prostate cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men — and other health issues that apply specifically to men.


ZERO’s 2019 BOLD for Blue Awards

ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer held their BOLD for Blue awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24, in Arlington, VA. This event was held to recognize ZERO Champions who had the greatest impact in the fight against prostate cancer with their fundraising efforts in 2018. The Harrisburg ZERO Run/Walk had two award winners: Mark Hagenbuch from Team Angus raised $11,000 and Pat Forsburg from The Forsburg 40 raised $30,000.


Dr. Clements Discusses Men’s Health with WHP 580 on March 2, 2019

Tune in to Michael Parks’ show on WHP 580 this Saturday, March 2, from 7 – 7:30 a.m., to hear Dr. Thomas Clements of Urology of Central PA discuss important aspects of men’s health. You will learn more about the importance of prostate cancer screenings and hear about UCPA’s upcoming “Snip City!”