Pioneers Memorial Healthcare Opens New Surgical and Specialty Centers

City officials, medical staff, friends and community members gathered Wednesday evening for the ribbon cutting celebrating Pioneer Medical Group’s new Surgical Health and Specialty Health Centers.                             Photo by: Stella Jimenez

BRAWLEY – Providing quality health care and expanding services to Imperial County residents has been a priority for the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD), an affiliate of Scripps Health Network. For that reason, two new suites celebrated a grand opening Wednesday evening with a ribbon cutting ceremony spot lighting the new Surgical Health Center and Specialty Center located within the Wound Care Center of the hospital.

“I want thank the community and staff for the support received, that helps us take the next steps to expand health care for all of our communities,” said Larry Lewis, Chief Executive Officer for PMHD. “We have grown a great deal and look forward to new things in the near future.”

“We are expanding services,” said Maria Garcia-Aguilera, vice-president of the PMHD board of directors. “These facilities will prevent community members from going over the hill (San Diego), because we will have those services here.”

The Surgical Health Center is located at 751 West Legion Road, Suite 305 in Brawley. The center offers pediatric and adult consultations, and minor in-office procedures for general surgery and urology treatments from Dr. M. Theresa Ramones, General Surgery Specialist, Dr. Jaganmohan Rao Vemulapalli, Urology Specialist and Dr. Susan Hahm, General Surgery Specialist.

Dr. Vemulapalli is a graduate of Sree Venkateswara Medical College in Tirupathi, India and completed his surgical residency at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, New York. He is a diplomat with the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Ramones is certified in advanced trauma life support and advanced cardiovascular life support. She is a member of the American College of surgeons and an active member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Hahm graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University/ Chicago Medical School in 2001. She currently offers services in Brawley and specializes in General Surgery.

The Specialty Center is located at 751 West Legion Road, Suite 302, in Brawley. The center specializes in treatment methods for neurological disorders to both pediatric and adult patients offered by Ravi Raj Singh, M.D. and Sheila Manhas, M.D. The center offers four examination rooms and one procedure room.

Dr. Singh specializes in patients who suffer from seizures, neuro-muscular and neuro-degenerative disorders, and headaches. Singh hopes to further his career and provide a primary stroke center at the hospital.

Dr. Manhas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, autonomic nervous system, and blood vessels that relate to these structures.

Representatives from the offices of Congressman Juan Vargas, State Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia presented PMHD with certificates of recognition for the newly-opened medical offices.

“Senator Hueso would like to thank and congratulate you (PMHD staff, board members and physicians) for making these two centers a reality,” said Hector Araujo, field rep for Hueso. “This is something real, something the community can use. For a long time, this has been an under-served area in the Valley, so we will take all we can get. I am sure a lot of people will benefit from these centers.”

Monica Torres, director of the Specialty Center, said “Pioneers is listening to the needs of our community and have identified the needs of specialized medicine as opposed to patients having to travel outside of the county. We encourage our community members to obtain these services offered locally.”

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