This week marks a new beginning as doors open to new health care services at the Summa Health Rootstown Medical Center.
The following offices are scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 28:
- Urgent care
- Behavioral health
- Corporate health
- Gynecologic oncology
- Orthopaedics/sports medicine
- Primary care
- LabCare Plus
- Weight management
Adding to the continuum of care, Summa Health has entered an agreement to purchase Rootstown Community Pharmacy. That transition will occur Oct. 1.
At a ribbon-cutting held Saturday, Sept. 11, Vivek Bhalla, M.D. (’06), reflected on what brought him to NEOMED as a student and his new position as the chief medical officer of Summa Health Rootstown Medical Center.
From clinician to administrative leader
Growing up, Dr. Bhalla didn’t know what hospital administrators did. He thought that being a physician meant he would work as a family doctor, and “NEOMED helped to foster my passion for family medicine,” he said.
Though Dr. Bhalla began his career by practicing as a family physician, he discovered through service over the years on numerous quality improvement and process improvement committees that he also had an affinity for leadership – one that positions him to make a transformational impact.
As the chief medical officer of Summa Health Rootstown Medical Center, Dr. Bhalla will provide guidance for the new practices in urgent care, behavioral health, cardiology, corporate health, gynecologic oncology, neurology, orthopaedics/sports medicine, primary care and weight management.
Whether developing a plan of care for one person or strategies to improve care for many, says Dr. Bhalla, “NEOMED gave me the skill set to serve a family well.”