RRH to bring urology services to Ridgecrest

RRH to bring urology services to RidgecrestRidgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week a collaboration with Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California to bring urology services to Ridgecrest beginning next month.

“RRH can look forward to a regular on-campus presence from USC Urology, on rotation, ensuring that different specialties are addressed,” said a spokesperson.

“This collaboration with Keck Medicine will provide RRH patients with access to a world renowned program, ranked No. 4 in the nation for urology by U.S. News and World Report.

“With the support and coordination of Keck Medicine, RRH Urology will be able to offer patient evaluation and treatment, as well as some surgical procedures. For surgeries that are unable to be performed safely on site, patients will have full access to the surgical services at USC facilities.”

“The community has showed their support to have local urology coverage and I am pleased that we are able to partner with USC Urology to provide this service,” said RRH President-CEO Jim Suver. “Their clinical excellence and access to a broad range of urological specialties makes this a winning combination for our community.

The RRH Board has approved an initial $405,000 investment in equipment to support this program.

The opening of the urology clinic with USC will fulfill a hospital goal for many years to offer a complete compendium of services in a safe and positive manner for our patients.”

“Having personally experienced the quality of care and compassion of this group of physicians, I am extremely excited about the partnership we’ve established with the USC Urology,” said Charles Pietrangelo, director of business development at RRH.

“We have mirrored and equipped our clinic with some of the same tools used at Keck Medical Center of USC, ensuring that the community of Ridgecrest and beyond can receive the same exceptional care available at a nationally ranked academic medical center – but in a facility in our own neighborhood.”

The Ridgecrest Urology Clinic will launch with the following USC Urology providers on rotation at RRH:

• Inderbir Gill, MD

• Jeffrey Loh-Doyle, MD

• Mike M. Nguyen, MD

• Sumeet K. Bhanvadia, MD

• Shilo Rosenberg, MD

• Andre Berger, MD

• Daniel Park, PA-C

“We are excited to announce our rotating presence at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital,” said Gill, chair and distinguished professor of urology at Keck School of Medicine of USC and executive director of USC Urology. “Our physicians treat a broad spectrum of conditions using the most advanced technologies and evidence-based practices, and we look forward to working with the Ridgecrest community in the coming years.”

Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

RRH Urology services and specialties will include treatment for bladder cancer, endourology, kidney cancer, male infertility, men’s health, prostate cancer, pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, testis cancer and urology preventive medicine.

Pictured: From left are RRH Director of Business Development Charles Pietrangelo; Senior Clinical Administrative Director Joan McLane,, USC Urology; Jeffrey Loh-Doyle, MD; and Sumeet K. Bhanvadia, MD. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-01-10