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Tyrone Has Solid Primary Care Physician Base

We continue to work to provide constantly improving healthcare services to the Tyrone area. We are currently in a transition as we see one member of our medical staff move onto the next chapter of life while at the same time we welcome new physicians into the fold.

This month the Tyrone Hospital family extends warmest retirement wishes to Dr. Romulo Parente, a primary care physician who devoted more than thirty four years of practice to the community and Tyrone Hospital.  Dr. Parente is known for his kind, gentle and unassuming manner.  We are grateful for his many years of service and his careful attention to patient needs.  Dr. Parente will truly be missed.

In preparation for his retirement, Dr. Parente made arrangements for physicians at Tyrone Medical Associates (TMA) to assume responsibility for his patients, insuring that they would have uninterrupted access to physician care. Tyrone Medical Associates is a primary care physician practice that is a department of Tyrone Hospital and is located on the Tyrone Hospital campus.

TMA recently expanded with the addition of Anju Gupta, M.D, an Internal Medicine physician and Sharon Galvin, M.D., a Family Medicine physician. They have joined Jerome DeJulia, M.D., Internal Medicine, Michael Halter, D.O., Family Medicine and Kishor Patel, M.D., Pediatrics, all of whom practice at TMA’s Tyrone based office and Fidelis Ejianreh, D.O., who practices in Altoona and State College. 

There are also other established primary care physicians who are members of Tyrone Hospital’s affiliated medical staff including family medicine physicians Jason Henninger, D.O., Thomas Mextorf, D.O., Janelle Brumbaugh, D.O., and  Ronald Gregory, D.O. General medicine physicians include Victor Santillan, M.D. and Carlos Wiegering, M.D.  Internal medicine physicians include Lawrence Levinson, M.D.,  and  Jeanne Beyer, M.D., who practices in the Philipsburg area.  Gynecology care is provided by gynecologist Roy Pazmino, M.D.

The expansion of our primary care physician base is an exciting and important development. It has been many years since we have welcomed additional primary care physicians to our hospital and community. 

We are fortunate to have a strong and solid base of primary care physicians in our community. Especially in these times when there is a shortage of most types of physicians nationwide.

Primary physician care is vitally important to the future of healthcare in our country.  There are many evolving models of healthcare in the U.S.where the primary care physician is the central person in coordinating and providing care.

Primary care physicians play a critical role in the overall healthcare system as the first point of contact for consumers who need healthcare services. Over a lifetime, the primary care physician is the focal point for a person’s health. They are specifically trained to provide the widest scope of health care.  They determine the need for specialized care and make referrals as appropriate. Primary care physicians not only address diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses but also health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance and patient education.  The need for primary care doctors will increase as our population ages and the incidence of chronic disease increases. Some health insurances require people covered by their plan to work with a primary physician.

If you need a doctor, let me encourage you to use our local primary care physicians. You have several high quality physicians to choose from and through them also have access to all of the outstanding specialists and services offered at Tyrone Hospital.  

For a complete list of physicians affiliated with Tyrone Hospital please visit www.tyronehospital.org or you can pick up a copy of our physician directory in the hospital’s main lobby or call us at

(814) 684-6348.