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Maria Pettinger, M.D.

Maria Pettinger, M.D.

Pettinger Elected to Lead Hospitalís Medical Staff

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Medical Staff elected new officers to serve as the Medical Executive Committee, beginning January 1, 2010. Maria T. Pettinger, M.D., is the new Chief of Staff; A. Keith Sutton, M.D., Vice Chief of Staff. Francis X. Pessolano, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer; Brett L. Acker, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Medicine; and James E. Schall, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Chief of Staff Maria T. Pettinger, M.D., is the Chief Radiologist at J.C. Blair and is the President of Raystown Imaging, Inc. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School and completed her internship/residency at Hershey Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Pettinger has been a member of J.C. Blairís Medical Staff since 2002.

Vice Chief of Staff A. Keith Sutton, M.D., has been an emergency medicine physician at J.C. Blair since 1998. Previously, he was in private practice as a family practice physician. He earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University at Hershey and completed his residency at Washington Hospital, Washington, PA. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Sutton has been a member of J.C. Blairís Medical Staff since 1982 and previously served as Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff from 2000 Ė 2003.

Secretary/Treasurer Francis X. Pessolano, M.D., is a radiologist at J.C. Blair with Raystown Imaging, Inc. He earned his medical degree at the University of Bologna, Italy, and completed his residency/internship at Saint Francis General Hospital. Dr. Pessolano has been a member of J.C. Blairís Medical Staff since 2006.

Chairman of the Department of Medicine Brett L. Acker, M.D., currently an emergency medicine physician at J.C. Blair, practiced family medicine at the Broad Top Area Medical Center and Huntingdon Family Practice from 1991 to 2008. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and completed his internship/residency at Williamsport Hospital Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Acker has been a member of J.C. Blairís Medical Staff since 1991, has served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine since 2008, and previously served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Staff in 2000.

Chairman of the Department of Surgery James E. Schall, M.D., a general surgeon at J.C. Blair, earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship/residency at Geisinger Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Schall has been a member of J.C. Blairís Medical Staff since 1985, has held numerous leadership positions on several committees, and currently serves on the Hospitalís board of directors.

The J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Medical Staff is responsible for overseeing quality assurance at the Hospital. The Medical Executive Committee is elected to represent the Staff and meets monthly with Hospital administration. In addition, there are 17 different Medical Staff committees that direct the physiciansí and the Hospitalís quality of care policies and procedures.