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A. Keith Sutton, M.D.; Chief of Staff
Sutton Elected to Lead Hospital's Medical Staff
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Medical Staff elected new officers to serve as the Medical Executive Committee, beginning January 1, 2012. A. Keith Sutton, M.D., is the new Chief of Staff; James Mansberger, D.O., is Vice Chief of Staff; Francis X. Pessolano, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer; William Olstein, Jr. D.O., Chairman of the Department of Medicine; and James E. Schall, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery.
"J.C. Blair's new Medical Executive Committee is a fine group of physicians," said J.C. Blair President and CEO Joseph J. Peluso. "We also want to recognize and thank Chief Radiologist Maria Pettinger, M.D. for her fine leadership as Chief of Staff for the last two years."
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. Blair's Medical Staff since 1982 and previously served as Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff from 2000 – 2003 and 2011.
Vice Chief of Staff James W. Mansberger, D.O., specializing in internal medicine/pediatrics, is a pediatrician at Pediatrics and Beyond. A Huntingdon County native, Dr. Mansberger completed an Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Penn State Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He received his graduate degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a bachelor of science from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mansberger is board certified by the Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He has been a member of J.C. Blair's Medical Staff since 2001.
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. Blair's Medical Staff since 2006.
Chairman of the Department of Medicine William Olstein, Jr., D.O. is a family practice physician with J.C. Blair Medical Services' Primary Care Center. A native of Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania, Dr. Olstein is a Juniata College graduate. He earned his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency with the Altoona Family Physicians Residency Program at Altoona Regional Health System. Dr. Olstein has been a member of J.C. Blair's Medical Staff since 2009.
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. Blair's Medical Staff since 1985, has held numerous leadership positions on several committees, and currently serves on the Hospital's 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 physicians' and the Hospital's quality of care policies and procedures.