OHHS - OSHIIP Announcement


The State of Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) recently recognized the Ohio Hills Health Services volunteer Medicare Counseling team, Barb Smith and Brandy Stephens as the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program 2015 Team of the Year.

This recognition comes shortly after announcing The Ohio Department of Insurance's OSHIIP program, saved Ohioans $20.8 million in 2015. OSHIIP also earned a first-place national ranking for its Medicare awareness efforts, over 54 similar SHIIP programs throughout the United States and the four U.S. territories. The OSHIIP program is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries understand health care benefits and options by providing free Medicare education and counseling services. The SHIIP programs are ranked based on scores from consumer engagement, enrollment support and six other criteria.

In early 2015 Ohio Hills Health Services (OHHS) decided to have their two Certified Application Counselors trained and Certified in Medicare counseling. OHHS recognized the current assistance provided by their Certified Application Counselors (free health insurance education and assistance with the Health Insurance Marketplace and Ohio’s expanded Medicaid) was successful in helping many individuals, but the Medicare eligible population was missing out on much needed assistance. A partnership was created between OSHIIP and Ohio Hills Health Services to have their Certified Application Counselors trained and Certified in Medicare counseling.

Due to the aging population in our service area and several consumers who were newly transitioning into Medicare, OHHS felt it would be of great benefit to the community to seek a solution to these issues. Medicare counseling is not usually an expected responsibility for a Certified Application Counselor, but OHHS took the initiative to add that as a service for the community with OSHIIP’s guidance. A lot of confusion surrounds the ever changing health insurance landscape and the OHHS Certified Application Counselors offers guidance to the community.  

The Certified Application Counselors at Ohio Hills Health Services provide free, unbiased, confidential Marketplace, Medicaid and Medicare health insurance education/assistance to anyone in the community regardless if they are an OHHS patient or not.

Ohio Hills Health Services (OHHS) is one of 44 community health centers in the state of Ohio. OHHS is a non-profit health care organization, which will celebrate 40 years of service this year. Our mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, provide comprehensive healthcare and offer preventative services for area residents. The primary focus of all four OHHS centers are: providing prompt, courteous and affordable health care that is responsive as well as sensitive to individual needs. The four health centers include: Barnesville Family Health Center, Monroe Family Health Center, Freeport Family Health Center, and Quaker City Family Health Center.  OHHS also offers affordable oral health care at their Freeport Family Dental Center.

Community Services Director, Lana Phillips stated “OHHS is an organization who cares about the people we serve and the community as a whole. The partnerships developed and services provided are always with the needs of the community in mind. The continued collaboration with OSHIIP is regarded as a wonderful opportunity for not only our organization, but also our community.”  


“Ohio is a large state with 88 counties and many other hard working and dedicated OSHIIP volunteers, all of which are also worthy of recognition.

“It is humbling to know the dedication and care we have for our service area, brought this wonderful recognition to our organization,” quotes Brandy Stephens, Certified Application Counselor.which are also worthy of recognition. We are honored to accept the 2015 Team of the Year Award,” says Barb Smith, Certified Application Counselor.


In the years to come, OHHS will continue to grow by developing more programs and services to benefit area residents. For more information about Ohio Hills Health Services or the Certified Application Counselor Services please feel free to call 740-239-OHHS (6447).

Ohio Hills Health Services Awarded $10,000 for future dental expansion


Joan Alexander with Caresource, a managed care company in the state of Ohio, recently awarded $10,000 to Ohio Hills Health Services for the future dental expansion at the Barnesville Family Health Center. Pictured left to right are: Joan Alexander-Caresource, Jeff Britton-CEO Ohio Hills Health Services, Lana Phillips- Community Services Director, Brandy Stephens-Certified Applications Counselor.

Building Restoration class to restore historic Bradfield building window


A historic Barnesville landmark is getting some help from students in the Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program at Belmont College. 

Barnesville resident Denny Wees, who is the stain glass restoration instructor, approached Ohio Hills Health Services, current occupant of the historic Bradfield building, about having the BPR students repair and restore one of the eight stain glass windows as their spring term volunteer field project.

BPR is one of the oldest and most recognized programs of its kind in the nation. The program includes classroom education,  workshops where students apply that classroom knowledge, and field work where they practice the techniques learned in the workshops on real-world preservation projects. 

OHHS Community Service Director Lana Phillips said the non-profit health care center will provide the $1,000 in materials. She said the window, facing busy Chestnut Street, was chipped by rocks. Vibrations from heavy truck traffic, combined with time, have caused the glass to loosen in all the windows.  OHHS is looking for funding sources to restore and strengthen all eight windows, original to the 1891 building which is in the Barnesville National Register Historic District.

The building was constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, popular at the time and easily identified by the large stone arches over windows and doors.

Jeff Britton, Executive Director for Ohio Hills Health Services, said a stain glass expert he consulted in Pittsburgh told him the glass in the windows was imported from Italy in the late 1800s.

Britton also said that Joe Bradfield told him the windows were covered with wooden panels on the inside sometime prior to 1955 when Bradfield began working at the bank. If funding and donations are obtained to restore and strengthen all the windows, it is hoped the wooden panels can be removed and the windows can be enjoyed the way the were originally designed to be, with the light shining through.

Twelve students enrolled in BPR program were at OHSS on Friday to carefully remove the window by loosening it from both sides and tipping it inward. They will repair and restore the window this spring semester and bring it back to Barnesville to be reinstalled in May.

OHHS purchased the Bradfield building in October 2006 after Wesbanco vacated it in September of that year, consolidating its three Barnesville banking facilities into one location at 230 E. Main St.. On June 4, 2007, OHHS relocated its Barnesville Family Health Center and administration office, and thus, became the most recent business to occupy the former G.C. Murphy Building and historic Bradfield Building.

Ohio Hills Health Services doctors profiled on Doctors Day


Today, March 30, 2016, is National Doctors Day. Ohio Hills Health Services is served by seven doctors who provide care to patients in Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison and Monroe counties. Together they have decades of medical experience and are dedicated to serving the communities of Barnesville, Freeport, Quaker City, Woodsfield and surrounding areas.

“ National Doctor’s Day recognizes the contributions physicians make to patients and communities. Ohio Hills Health Services is very proud of our doctor’s  and the care they provide to our service area every day,” OHHS CEO Jeff Britton said.

Russell Lee-Wood, M.D. has been Medical Director of Ohio Hills Health Services and part time emergency room physician at Barnesville Hospital since August 1996.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the hospital. At OHHS he supervises all medical activities for four offices which employ a total of 75 employees. 

Dr. Lee-Wood has been a medical officer in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army Reserve since December 1998. His military service includes the ICU at the U.S. Army Hospital in Afghanistan from June-September 2002; 150 Engineer Battalion, Iraq from April to August 2005; Task Force Med Falcon, Kosovo December 2010- March 2011, Task Force Bravo, Honduras Sept. - Dec. 2013, and flight surgeon in the U.S. Army Reserve in April 2011.

 In addition to Barnesville Hospital, his clinical affiliations also include Harrison Community Hospital and the 339th Combat Support Hospital, Corapolis, Pa.

 He is board certified in Family Practice and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. He us an attending physician in family practice at OHHS’s Freeport Family Health Center and has admission privileges and committee membership at Barnesville Hospital.

He earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies in 1992, after earning his Medical Science degree in 1979 from Bradford University, graduating from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, U.K. in 1980 and earning a BA from Open University, Milton Keyes, U.K. in 1987.  He received his clinical training at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, United Kingdom. He did his internship at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey and his residency at Kingston Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York.  He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice in 1999.

Awards Dr. Lee-Wood has received include the International Peace Scholarship, 1988-1992, Chancellor’s Award for Clinical Achievement in June 1992, Lou Neporent Award for Clinical Excellence in July 1995, US Army Commendation Medial in a mission to El Salvador in 2001 and a Bronze Star in Afghanistan in 2002.

His interests include running, cycling, scuba, reading, and military history.

Dr. Pratap Souri is Certified in Internal Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians, Great Britain. His speciality is internal medicine, which he has practiced at Monroe Family Health Center since 1976. He is also affiliated with Barnesville Hospital.

He earned his medical degree from Christian Medical College in India. He did his internship at Pinderfie LDS Hospital and his residency at Pinderfie LDS Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the Ohio Medical Association.

“Ohio Hills Health Services is very grateful to have Dr. Pratap Souri on our medical staff. He has been part of OHHS since the inception or our organization. His dedication and service to the patients and communities we service has been unmatched,” said Britton.

Shaun Roe, D.O. is a family practice doctor at the Quaker City Family Health Center and Morristown Family Practice. He is also affiliated with Barnesville Hospital. He graduated from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He did his residency at Wheeling Hospital.  He is a member of  the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Rajnish K. Gupta has been the family practice doctor at the Monroe Family Health Center in Woodsfield since 1996. His qualifications include: Diplomate ABFP 1996, Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (UK) 1990, MS (Surgery)  and an MBBS from the University of Delhi, India in 1985. He is a member of the AAFP, AMA and OSMA. Dr. Gupta was the valedictorian of his medical class and won six gold medal during MBBS for standing in first in annual exams and anatomy, pathology and ENT.

He is affiliated with Barnesville Hospital,  and the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center.

Prior to his practice in Woodsfield, he had a residency in family practice at the Mid Hudson Rural FP Institute in Kingston, N.Y. for three years. Prior to that and upon moving to the United States, he had an internship for one year  in the department of surgery at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in Grand Concourse, Bronze, N.Y. From February to June 1992, he was a registrar in general surgery at Mansfield and Kingsmill hospitals in Mansfield and Notts, United Kingdon. From February 1991 to January 1992 he was SHO in general and vascular surgery at Kettering General Hospital in Kettering, UK.

Himalaya Patcha, M.D. has worked at Ohio Hills Health Services since 1993. Prior to that beginning in 1990, he did his residency in internal medicine at the Ohio Valley Medical Center. From 1989 to 1990 he worked under Dr. Lentino, Chief of Infectious Diseases, VA Hines, Chicago. In 1986 he immigrated to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. Prior to that, from 1984 to 1986, he was Senior House Officer of Internal Medicine of the Government Royapettah Hospital in Madras, India. From 1983-1984 he was a medical officer at The Best Hospital in Madras. From 1980-1983 he was a general practitioner in Madras. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Government Arts & Science College in India from 1969-1972 and his post graduate degree from S.V. University, India from 1972-1979..

He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. He is licensed in both Ohio and West Virginia and is American Board of Internal Medicine certified.

Dr. Patcha received the Best Outgoing Resident Award at Ohio Valley Medical Center, graduated with honors in undergraduate course, represented the Medical College and University in field hockey at the national level and served Lions Club International. Dr. Patcha  has also published many medical papers and given many presentations on medical topics.

Dr. Amber Bauer and Dr. Ken Reed are dentists at the Freeport Family Health Center’s dental clinic. 

Kenneth C. Reed, DDS provides complete family dental care. Dr. Reed has his own dental practice in Cambridge until his retirement in 2006 and joined the Freeport Family Health Center Dental Program in May of 2008. Dr. Reed remains active with the US Army Dental Corps. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Amber Bauer, DDS provides complete family dental care. Dr. Bauer is a graduate of the West Virginia University of Dentistry and joined the staff at the Freeport Family Health Center Dental Program in July 2009.

Ohio Hills Health Services is a non-profit health care operation, organized by communities in Eastern Ohio to promote healthy lifestyles and to provide comprehensive treatment and preventative services for area residents. The primary focus is to provide prompt, courteous and affordable health care that is responsive and sensitive to individual needs.


Celebration of National Health Center week was a great success due to the number of people participating, months of planning, support and donations from community businesses. An article in the July, 2015 issue of "Now & Then" magazine featured Ohio Hills Health Services.  It gave details of the 4 clinic locations and the services offered.    

   The week-long celebration was a success in raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Community Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. 


     Tuesday August 11, was well attended with the managed care organizations for Ohio Medicaid.  In attendance were Melvin Harris with United Healthcare, Natalie Hicks, Paramount; Angie Calderon-Irizarry, Molina and Joan Alexander, Care source. In addition, Linda Kinter from Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services was there and Pat Lake with AAA, Area Agency on Aging.  Many folks were able to get assistance and answers to their questions. 


     Wednesday August 12th began with Ohio Hills Health Services hosting the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce breakfast.  Jeff Britton, Executive Director thanked everyone for coming and spoke about Ohio Hills Health Services role within the community.  Brandy Stephens and Barb Smith gave some information about the Certified Application Counselors, what assistance they can provide to anyone for education and application for Ohio Medicaid, Marketplace and Medicare insurance.  They also thanked the community for their generous donations.


   Wednesday afternoon was successful with Bill Knox, CPA in attendance to assist with questions and information regarding the Marketplace Affordable Health Care.   


     Thursday afternoon Mary Leep-Pichert of OSHIIP, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, along with Jeff Arnold with AAA, Area Agency on Aging, were able to assist a few people with questions regarding Medicare and other programs available.


     Friday was the highlight of the week with a daylong celebration with many in attendance for the Immunization Clinic. Many children and families were assisted.


In attendance for our final celebration Scott Gallagher Barnesville council member, Cathryn Stanley of the Barnesville Enterprise.  Also attending were Joan Alexander, Care source; Michele Shirer, Molina; Representing United Healthcare were Melvin Harris, Michele Nash, Dolly Warden and Ellen Henderson.  "The Healthy Hound" made an appearance and was a hit with children and adults alike. In addition were Cindy Phillips, Help Me Grow; and Janice Thatcher of Freeport Dental clinic who educated children about proper dental care.  Bean bag toss and face painting were a couple of the activities for the kids.

    Senator Lou Gentile visited the clinic, enjoyed the festivities and went on a tour of the facility.


     Each day refreshments were provided and drawings for different prizes, such as: gift certificates as well as girl's and boy's bicycle with helmets. 


    Ohio Hills would like to thank everyone involved in making this a success and their donors who without their help, this week could not have been possible. We would like to thank the following sponsors:  Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post-2792, Flag Floors, Convenient Food Mart, Avenues of Barnesville, Barnesville Senior Center, Elite Heating and Cooling, Belmont Savings Bank, Woodsfield Savings Bank, Corner Fitness, Walmart, Blossoms, Bless Your Heart Folk Art, Riesbeck’s, Hissom’s Car Care, Sam’s Club , WesBanco, Buckeye and Paramount Advantage, Care Source, United Health Care, Molina Health Care, Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Committee.


 For more information about OHHS, please visit our website – www.ohiohillshealthservices.com. or like us on FaceBook.

To learn more about the mission and accomplishments of community Health Centers please visit the website of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHE) at www.nachc.org.


To find out more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.

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Ohio Hills Health Services is a FTCA Deemed Facility. This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). Ohio Hills Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).