City Family Medicine offers variety of treatment
FOLLANSBEE — Area residents seeking medical attention have a new option with the opening of City Family Medicine in Follansbee.
Located on the second floor of Hood’s Pharmacy at 971 Main St. and accessible by elevator, the medical practice is run by Paul Marino, a board certified nurse practitioner, with the help of his wife, Joy, who serves as office manager; and daughter, Kayla Hinerman, a licensed practical nurse.
Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree, attain at least three years of clinical experience and attain national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Marino is a graduate of West Virginia University and Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, respectively.
He said he was engaged in hundreds of clinical encounters while working for seven years in the field as a staff member of Trinity Health Systemsand Weirton Medical Center.
Marino said his training and credentials allow him to diagnose and treat a variety of health problems and conditions, including hyptertension, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and various infections.
He added he has a good working relationship with many area physicians and can refer patients to them when needed.
But Marino said certified nurse practitioners are a growing field that has helped to make affordable medical treatment accessible to more people. He said it’s a trend that can be especially positive in areas of the state with a shortage of physicians.
Marino said unlike most doctors, he has been able to visit patients in their homes, something greatly appreciated by those with limited mobility.
“A woman said to me, I haven’t had a doctor in my home since 1950,” he said.
A Follansbee native and Wellsburg resident, Marino is aided by his wife of 24 years, Joy; and daughter, Kayla Hinerman, a licensed practical nurse who is completing studies required of a registered nurse.
Another daughter, Kaitlin, is studying to be a nurse and has helped out at the office.
“I like that I’m able to work alongside my family and help people in the community,” said Marino.
A member of the Army Reserve for 25 years, he served as a surveyor in Iraq in 2005 and has assisted with pandemic response in Boston and locally.
Marino said fellow reservists encouraged him to further his education and he’s appreciative of their advice as well the support of his wife through his studies, military experience and career.
He also expressed thanks to his son, Paul, and son-in-law, Delbert, who helped the three to move into their office and prepare for clientele.
Marino and his wife and daughter said they like getting to know patients on a first-name basis and treat all the way they would want to be treated.
City Family Medicine currently is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, with expanded hours possible in the future.
But Marino said potential patients may reach him throughout the day at (304) 527-7171.
The practice accepts most major insurance coverage, Medicare and Ohio Medicaid, with self-payment options available.
“I feel there’s a good population of underserved people in this area. We want them to have a medical home,” Marino said.
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