Friday, April 28, 2017
PITTSBURGH (April 28, 2017) — According to a study by Dartmouth University, patients who utilize a primary care physician (PCP) have lower death rates for cancer, heart disease and stroke, have fewer hospitalizations and spend less on health care, among other benefits. PCPs also help patients with chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease control complications before they become a more serious and costly problem.
Recognizing these benefits, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are teaming up to offer a free "Meet Dr. Right" event on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Hospital, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills. Parking for this event is free.
Meet Dr. Right events are sponsored by Highmark and provide attendees with the opportunity to meet, mingle and make appointments with PCPs, specialists and other health care professionals from AHN and other community practices.
Practitioners scheduled to attend the Jefferson Hospital event include PCPs, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, surgeons and other medical specialists from AHN and the nearby community who are accepting new patients.
"A PCP should serve as your partner in health and be a trusted medical confidant, someone who knows you and understands your unique medical history," said Charles DeShazer, M.D., chief medical officer for Highmark. "That's why we provide these free Meet Dr. Right events — to help individuals meet and get to know the right doctor, someone who can help better coordinate their care."
Attendees can also take advantage of free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and meet with health-related vendors offering services locally. Free refreshments will also be served.
Individuals interested in attending the free event should visit www.meet-dr-right.com or call 1-855-856-0319 to register in advance. A list of participating physicians and information about each doctor is also available.
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