NMC Commentary

Is Local Access to Specialty Care Expanding?

Yes!  Just as access to Pediatrics has recently expanded to keep pace with community need, we are also pleased to be welcoming additional specialists to our team so provide better access to necessary care.  Over the next few weeks there will be four exciting additions of specialists to the NMC Medical Staff – including Pulmonology, Ear Nose & Throat (ENT), Audiology, and General Surgery.  NMC’s vision includes being “a destination of choice for patients, staff, and medical staff” and our ability to recruit these talented providers in a very competitive market nationally speaks to our pursuit of that vision.

In early July, Dr. Haitham Nsour will join the Northwestern Pulmonology practice, bringing locally-based pulmonary care back to our community.  Dr. Nsour most recently practiced at the University of Vermont Medical Center in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and he is board certified in those disciplines as well as in Critical Care and Internal Medicine. He has an extensive background and years of healthcare experience and will be providing the diagnosis and treatments for conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory ailments and shortness of breath. Northwestern Pulmonology is located in the new Medical Clinics space – which connects the main NMC building to the new Medical Office Building at the front of campus. To learn more about the practice and to make an appointment with Dr. Nsour, please call their office at 524-8909.

We are also pleased to be welcoming General Surgeon Anna Royer, M.D., to the NMC Medical Staff in July. Dr. Royer comes to our community from Lewiston, Maine, where she was a General Surgeon at Central Maine Medical Center.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine and her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Royer completed her internship and residency training at the Erlanger Medical Center of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She is certified in Laparoscopic surgery and Advanced Trauma Life Support.  She is also active runner and endurance athlete, having competed in the Ragnar 200 Mile Relay, the Chattanooga Ironman, the Nashville Country Music Marathon, and the Boston Marathon.  Dr. Royer will be practicing out of the office of Dr. Joe Salomone on Fairfax Street in St. Albans. For more information on Dr. Royer’s practice, please call 524-2779.

The Northwestern Ear Nose & Throat practice will open in August.  Our community has been without local ENT services for quite a while, so it is not a surprise that patients are already calling in to arrange appointments.  This practice will feature Dr. Kahren Aydinyan, an ENT with roots in South Burlington. He grew up in Vermont and throughout his medical schooling at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he dreamed of coming back to practice here. His most recent position has been at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He is also Captain/Physician with the Army National Guard, having served since high school in roles like a Medical Platoon Sergeant and Chief Combat Medic. He is pleased to help NMC offer our community close-to-home and comprehensive ear, nose and throat services as well as treatment for head and neck issues. Dr. Aydinyan will be joined in practice by Audiologist Stephanie Maloney.  She became interested in audiology when she worked at a school for the deaf in Mafraq, Jordan. She is passionate about early identification of hearing loss so that kids can get support and have the best possible chances in life. She looks forward to offering our community a place where people of all ages get the highest quality care and feel well supported. In advance of the practice opening, our Community Relations team is assisting with inquiries about the practice and is maintaining a list of individuals interested in appointments.  For more information, please call 524-1280.

Having local access to specialty care helps ensure that members of our community get the preventive care they need before any conditions which advance to more concerning levels.  Ensuring proper access is part of NMC’s mission of providing exceptional care and keeping pace with community need is part of our commitment to you.  We are currently working on establishing a neurology clinic at NMC with a targeted opening in September, so our efforts to ensure proper access are indeed ongoing!  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you; we are in this together to create a healthy community.

— Jill Berry Bowen, NMC’s Chief Executive Officer