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June 10, 2022

Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly.

Our next issue will be Friday, June 24, 2022.

Caring for the Hearts of

our Patients...

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

We have exciting news from the Heritage Valley Health System Electrophysiology Lab! Dr. Glen Miske, one of our three Board Certified Electrophysiologists, recently performed the first Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Ablation in the Heritage Valley Beaver Electrophysiology Lab! 


Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heart rhythm that affects the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. This arrhythmia prevents blood from being pumped efficiently to the rest of your body. As a result, AFib may impact your ability to perform daily activities, cause you to feel tired and impact your overall quality of life.


The AF ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses hot or cold energy to create scars in your heart tissue where the arrhythmia, or irregular/abnormal heart rhythm, is occurring. At Heritage Valley Beaver, we use Cryoablation (cold) and Radiofrequency (hot) ablation methods. The scars help to block the transmission of the electrical signals that cause the atrial fibrillation.   


In most cases, a catheter is inserted into a large vein or artery in your groin, although sometimes a vein in your arm or neck might be used. The procedure typically takes between one - two hours, and you either return home the same day or have a short overnight stay. Afterward, you may experience some soreness or bruising at the procedure site, and you will need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least a week.


By re-establishing normal heart rhythms in people with certain arrhythmias, AF ablation can help to control the heart rate in people with rapid arrhythmias and reduce the risk of blood clots, strokes, heart failure or other health complications.

Heritage Valley Offers the World's Smallest Wireless Pacemakers

Heritage Valley Beaver is offering the world’s smallest pacemaker to patients! Dr. Maninder Bedi recently inserted Heritage Valley’s first wireless and leadless pacemaker, the Micra™ AV Transcatheter Pacing System. This pacemaker provides an option for those patients who require pacing in the right ventricle.


Comparable in size to a large vitamin, this pacemaker is less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers, yet delivers advanced pacing technology to patients via a minimally invasive approach. During the implant procedure, the device is attached to the heart with small tines and delivers electrical impulses that pace the heart through an electrode at the end of the device.


Unlike traditional pacemakers, this pacemaker does not require leads or a surgical "pocket" under the skin, so potential sources of complications related to leads and pockets are eliminated. The miniaturized size and minimally invasive approach leaves no visible sign or physical reminder of a medical device under the skin. This can mean fewer post-implant activity restrictions and no obstructions to shoulder movement, allowing patients to get back to living their lives more quickly.


For more information on Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, the Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System or to schedule an appointment with Electrophysiologists Dr. Maninder Bedi, Dr. Christopher Kolibash or Dr. Glen Miske, please call 724-773-4502.

Dr. Maninder Bedi

Dr. Christopher Kolibash

Dr. Glen Miske

Health Care Scholarships Available!

Provided by Heritage Valley Beaver & Heritage Valley Sewickley Medical Staffs 


Students in the Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley service areas who are pursuing an education in a healthcare field are invited to apply for scholarships of varying amounts funded and awarded by the Medical Staffs of each hospital.


Applicants may be in their senior year of high school, high school graduates, or current post-secondary students (nursing school, undergraduate university, etc.). Students must provide proof of future or current enrollment in order to receive any scholarship monies.


A committee of Heritage Valley physicians at each hospital will review the applications. Scholarship selection is based upon financial need, academic achievement, involvement in school and community activities, work and volunteer experience and plans for a career in a medical field.


Please visit https://www.heritagevalley.org/patient-visitor-resources/medical-staff-scholarships/ to complete the on-line application. The deadline for submission of the application and required attachments is July 15, 2022, and winners will be announced by August 15, 2022.

Announcing... Heritage Valley OB/GYN!

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We are excited to announce that, as of June 13th, Tri-State Obstetrics & Gynecology will become Heritage Valley OB/GYN! In addition, our Beaver Falls/Chippewa location will be moving to the Heritage Valley Chippewa Medical Neighborhood at 2580 Constitution Boulevard.  

The same dedicated and compassionate OB/GYN physicians will still be practicing at all three of our locations, but the practices will now be Heritage Valley OB/GYN-Beaver, Heritage Valley OB/GYN-Bridgewater and Heritage Valley OB/GYN-Chippewa

By moving our Beaver Falls/Chippewa office to the Heritage Valley Chippewa Medical Neighborhood, we are able to provide our patients with convenient access to additional services, such as laboratory and diagnostic imaging (including mammograms), right next door!

If you have an appointment scheduled with Heritage Valley OB/GYN-Chippewa (formerly Tri-State Obstetrics & Gynecology-Beaver Falls) on or after June 13th, please be sure to see us at our new location in the Heritage Valley Chippewa Medical Neighborhood

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 724-843-0737. We look forward to continuing to serve you with the same level of quality care to which you are accustomed. New practice name... same great physicians... new location in Chippewa!

Online Scheduling Available for HVMG Park Manor Medical Associates

You can now use our online scheduling tool to quickly and easily schedule a new patient or sick visit appointment with Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Park Manor Medical Associates! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauren Ayersman, Dr. Bradley Heiple, Dr. Kehkeshan Shah, Dr. Denise Wegrzynowicz, Tara Degnan, PA-C or Collin Wurst, PA-C, please click here.

Park Manor Medical Associates is located in the Heritage Valley Robinson Township Medical Neighborhood in Robinson Town Center, 2201 Park Manor Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. For questions, or to speak with a staff member, please call 412-749-6920.

New State-of-the-Art Equipment in HVB Lab

Heritage Valley Beaver is pleased to announce installation of the new Roche Diagnostics Cobas 8100 Automated Workflow Series in its Lab. According to https://www.selectscience.net/, “Using intelligent robotics, the Cobas 8100 series automatically prepares blood samples for immediate testing and post-analytical processing, providing high-speed processing of up to 1,100 samples per hour. The system provides high quality diagnostic results for both routine and emergency tests.”  This state-of-the-art system will reduce the time from sample receipt in the Lab to the release of results. Everyone in the Lab has worked very hard to get this equipment up and running, and we are excited to share this news!

COVID Corner

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals, as well as people ages 50 and over, who had an initial booster dose at least four months ago the opportunity to receive a second mRNA booster to increase protection against severe diseases caused by COVID-19. 


Heritage Valley will be offering second boosters at its ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinics in Center Township on Tuesdays and in Robinson Township on Thursdays. Boosters are available by appointment only.

Center Township ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic

(Behind the Beaver Valley Mall)

Suite 200 - 79 Wagner Road - Monaca, PA 15061

Robinson Township ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic

(Next to PNC Bank & DSW Shoes)

Suite 200 - 2201 Park Manor Blvd. - Pittsburgh, PA 15205

  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after a first booster dose. (Moderna boosters may only be given to individuals ages 18 and older.)

  • Adults ages 50 and older who are not immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.

For information about scheduling a COVID test, please click here.

For information about scheduling a COVID vaccine or booster, please click here.

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