BUCKHANNON — A new specialty clinic for Ophthalmology has opened at the Physician’s Office Center of St. Joseph’s Hospital. The clinic will house four cataract surgeons and a retinal specialist. The new facility will allow patients to have evaluations, surgical procedures and follow up care all in the town of Buckhannon and without travel to other counties. Retinal injections and treatment for diabetic macular edema, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion will also be available at the specialty care clinic. 

Having the clinic centrally located in Buckhannon will be a huge gain for many patients, especially those receiving regularly scheduled injections that will no longer have to travel out of the county for those appointments. The state-of-the-art facility is located on the first floor and offers care from top notch medical professionals such as Thomas Mauger, MD. Mauger received his doctorate degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, he interned at Riverside Methodist Hospital, also located in Ohio, and completed his residency and fellowship at The Ohio State University Hospital.

Mauger is the Chair and Professor of the WVU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Board and certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Mauger moved to West Virginia a year ago from Ohio. “For the patients, the transportation issue is not a trivial thing. A lot of them need the retinal treatments in their eyes on a monthly basis, and if they do not stay on that schedule, they can go blind, and traveling to Morgantown and other places can be a problem,” stated Mauger. He also indicated, “The new treatments are miraculous in maintaining vision.” Now those treatments will be available right here in Buckhannon. 

Surgical procedures will be performed at the hospital and all other care will be provided inside the clinic. President of St. Joseph’s Hospital Skip Gjolberg reported, “The clinic was a huge investment for the hospital.” “There is a real need. Besides this location, there is really nothing heading to the east. There is a big need for people, and this is a great thing for the community,” Gjolberg added. 

“For a hospital like St. Joe’s, it’s not a complicated procedure to do and it’s a service we can provide in the operating room and is very appropriate for us to do,” proclaimed Gjolberg. Allison Bardes, M.D. will be the main physician at the clinic. Mauger is hopeful that over time, the clinic will be able to expand things and bring in more specialists. Gjolberg added, “The more we can do here locally, the hospital is all for it.” 

The Record Delta and the community of Buckhannon welcome the clinic and the new doctors to this area and wish them well in this new endeavor to serve the community. 

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