GREENSBORO, Pa. - Cornerstone Care, which operates a health and dental clinic in Burgettstown, Pa., entered into a partnership with Mon General Hospital of Morgantown and Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions Inc. Teaching Health Center to offer a family residency medicine program.
The program will be funded by a federal Health Resources and Service Administration grant under the Affordable Care Act.
"This forward-thinking aspect of the law helps lay the groundwork for true health care reform: access to health care for current and future generations that otherwise have few options," said Robert MtJoy, chief executive officer. "Increasing the number of health care professionals willing to work in underserved areas means more people will have access to primary care, healthcare that is organized to prevent more expensive care down the road."
MtJoy said there is a nation-wide scarcity of primary care physicians. Of 67 Pennsylvania counties, 50 have health professional shortages and 63 are medically underserved, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In West Virginia, 50 of 55 counties lack adequate medical coverage, according to the West Virginia Rural Health Association and the Rural Health Research Center.
"With demand for primary care expected to grow in the coming years, the shortage is projected to get worse," said Darryl Duncan, Mon Health System president and chief executive officer. "Offering a family practice residency program at Mon General Hospital and Cornerstone Care's Teaching Center is a way to recruit new physicians to the area."
The program will begin July 1, and the three-year program will have 12 positions and can accept up to four qualified residents each year.
Cornerstone Care will participate in the match process for incoming residents using the Electronic Residency Application Service system.
Potential residents do not need to wait for a match to apply.
For information, visit www.mongeneral.com /FMR.