Two physicians will take on dual roles with their recent leadership appointments at St. Mary Medical Center, and plans for internal updates and outward visibility are already taking shape.
Dr. Michael Magro DO became Chairman of Middletown Township Medical Center, a 370-bed hospital and Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Edward O’Dell DO is the hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer.
Magro and O’Dell will remain chairman and chief medical officer, respectively, at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia in addition to their duties at St. Mary’s. St. Mary and Nazareth are members of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (THMA).
A heightened commitment to patient care and greater involvement with families and organizations are leading an ambitious agenda that Magro says could make St. Mary’s the go-to place for medical care in County of Bucks.
Jim Woodward, President and CEO of THMA, called physicians effective community leaders and partners.
“I am thrilled that our patients, community members and colleagues at St. Mary’s are enjoying the benefits of their forward-thinking vision,” Woodward said.
Magro and O’Dell also look forward to cultivating a patient-centered approach coupled with community engagement.
“With these motivating factors in mind, our top priority is always to reinvest in the most meaningful services for our patients and our community,” said Magro.
Key initiatives have already begun or are being planned to help St. Mary achieve these goals:
· Transition to the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system which will offer many advantages in the management of data collection and access to records.
· Several capital purchases and projects, some already underway, including a new cardiac catheterization lab at St. Mary’s.
· Expansion of medical education to create a pool of physicians for the future.
· Community outreach plans that include joining the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce and plans to sponsor the upcoming Arts and Crafts Festival at Tyler State Park.
· Reintegration of hospital volunteers as soon as conditions permit. The volunteer program has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Magro, a qualified hospitalist (a doctor who works exclusively in a hospital setting), held senior management positions for 12 years, four of them at Nazareth Hospital. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy.
O’Dell has been the chief medical officer at Nazareth Hospital since 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.
Prior to receiving his doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he earned a doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Magro said providing the best patient care begins with “renewed investment” as active partners in the community.
“We believe that those we are honored to serve, our patients, should be at the center of every decision,” Magro said.
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