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December 28, 2018

Sharon Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

Sharon, PA—Sharon Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group are pleased to welcome two physicians to the Steward Health Care System:   Brian Ong, DO, primary care physician and Steven Hand, DO, M.S., orthopedic surgeon.  Both Drs. Ong and Hand are on the medical staff of Sharon Regional Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Dr. Hand and Dr. Ong to Sharon Regional,” stated Joseph Hugar, president of Sharon Regional Medical Center.   The recruitment of both primary care physicians and specialist to our medical staff continues to be a primary commitment of our organization. As the demand for services from counties surrounding Mercer County continues to increase, we believe this will offer patients more choices and expanded access to available health care providers.”  

Dr. Hand has practiced medicine for 17 years primarily in the Lawrence County area.   His areas of interest include specialized training in robotic surgery used primarily for knee replacement surgery. This advanced technology will soon be available at Sharon Regional.  Additionally, Dr. Hand is trained in shoulder, knee and hip replacement surgery, hip and knee replacement revisions, general fracture surgery, sports medicine including rotator cuff, ACL, and meniscus, and hand surgery.  

Dr. Hand attended medical school at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky, completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Horizon in Farrell, Pennsylvania and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He also completed a fellowship in total joint reconstruction/adult reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio and is board certified in orthopaedic surgery.

He joins the Steward Orthopedic Specialty practice, along with James Boniface, MD. He is seeing patients at their office located at 2395 Garden Way in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.   He can be reached by calling the office at 724-981-2522.

Dr. Ong joined the practice of Steward Medical Group Lawrence County Family Medicine in New Castle that include; Drs. Lawrence Fazioli and David Shober.  Dr. Ong attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his family medicine residency at the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. He is board certified in family medicine.  Dr. Ong is accepting new patients at the Steward Lawrence County Family Medicine office located at 2520 Wilmington Road, New Castle, Pennsylvania.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 724-658-7500. 

Over the past year, Steward and Sharon Regional have recruited more than 20 physicians into the Steward network into the local market, including the recruitment of an OB/GYN, cardiothoracic surgeon, general surgeon, interventional cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon, psychiatrist, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  These efforts continue to enhance services, eliminates the need for patients to travel to Pittsburgh or Cleveland for care, and provides important patient choice for those seeking health care services.

By joining Steward Medical Group, Drs. Hand and Ong are affiliated with Sharon Regional Medical Center. The hospital has recently received numerous quality awards and distinctions, including receiving accreditation as the region’s only Blue Cross Distinction Center + for Maternity Care and the Platinum Performance Achievement award for heart attack care for 5 consecutive years. Sharon Regional accepts UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as most major insurances.

Steward Medical Group is a dynamic and growing physician-led multispecialty practice group that is a key part of Steward Health Care, the largest private for-profit hospital operator in the United States. The medical group employs nearly 1,750 physicians in 9 states, with both primary care and specialties ranging from Women’s Health to Advanced Cardiac Surgery.

“We are proud to welcome both physicians to Steward Medical Group,” said Sanjay Shetty, MD, MBA, president of the medical group. “Local area physicians believe in our patient-centric approach which focuses on achieving the highest possible quality at an affordable price and providing the best health care to our patients in a setting close to home.”