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Dr. Chris Putney (far left), along with friends and family, visited children at LGH on Christmas Eve.

Chris Putney, M.D., Managing Physician at LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Strasburg, brought holiday cheer to young patients at LGH on Christmas Eve.
For the past 13 years, Dr. Putney has dressed as a reindeer or elf and visited the hospital with friends and family. The group hands out presents to children in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Unit.
The group, as well as patients and staff, purchase the gifts, which are wrapped by a nurse at Strasburg. One patient donates 10 to 15 homemade teddy bears.
The costumed group hands out gifts to children and their siblings, leaving some for kids who are admitted in the days following Christmas.
“Everyone looks forward to it and enjoys bringing some joy to kids who are sick and have to spend the holiday in the ER or admitted,” Dr. Putney said.

Drs. Berkow, Briguglio named department chairs

Don A. Berkow, M.D.

John Briguglio, M.D.

The LG Health Board of Trustees has approved new chairs of the Radiology and Emergency departments.
Don A. Berkow, M.D., chairs the Emergency Department. Dr. Berkow serves as president of Lancaster Emergency Associates, where he has practiced for 30 years.

John Briguglio, M.D., chairs the Radiology Department. Dr. Briguglio has practiced with Lancaster Radiology Associates since 2000.


Family Medicine New Holland celebrates 40th anniversary

The staff at LG Health Physicians Family Medicine New Holland recently celebrated the practice’s 40th anniversary.

LG Health Physicians Family Medicine New Holland recently marked its 40th anniversary with a staff luncheon.
Drs. James B. Albrecht and Robert P. Johnson started the practice in 1976, just after completing Lancaster General Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Johnson calls it the “smartest dumb decision” he ever made.
Drs. Albrecht and Johnson were excited by the opportunity to practice medicine in a newly constructed family health center. It was admittedly risky, since they had no patients, but it all worked out.
Since then the building has undergone three renovations, including a major one in 2012, which added six exams rooms. Today the practice has grown to four physicians, two advanced practice providers and 27 employees.
“It is vastly different than when we started, both inside and out,” said Dr. Johnson, who along with Dr. Albrecht is now retired. “Medicine has become more complex, but the people are the same.
“New Holland is and has always been a wonderful place to be a family doctor.”


Jon M. Keller, D.O.

Obituary: Jon M. Keller, D.O., emergency and family physician

Jon Michael Keller, D.O., died Dec. 22, at age 67. A past member of the Medical & Dental Staff, he practiced emergency and family medicine locally for more than 40 years. He also served as Lancaster County’s first Emergency Medical Resource Director.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 14, in Lititz. For details, and to read the full obituary, click here.

Drs. Kirchner, Ton-That and Martin featured in local media

Jeffrey T. Kirchner, D.O., Medical Director of LG Health Physicians Comprehensive Care, wrote an LNP op-ed calling World AIDS Day “an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those friends, partners and family members who have died from AIDS.”


Tony Ton-That, M.D., Medical Director of LG Health’s Spine and Low Back Pain Program, discussed acupuncture and other alternatives to opioids for pain control in a front-page story in the Sunday News.


Jeffrey R. Martin, M.D., of LG Health Physicians Family & Maternity Medicine, called Lancaster County’s lead problem “very solvable” in an LNP story about a recent City Council resolution advocating a statewide lead testing and abatement program.

Drs. Jeffrey Kirchner, Tony Ton-That and Jeffrey R. Martin

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