WellSpan begins offering outpatient interventional radiology procedures in Franklin County

John Irwin
Waynesboro Record Herald

On June 9, WellSpan Health welcomed physicians, staff and guests to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest addition, Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology on the second floor of the Patrick O'Donnell Pavilion.

Located at 12 Saint Paul Drive, Suite 205, this practice is the first of its kind across the WellSpan system to perform outpatient vein ablation and sclerosis procedures using imaging guidance, according to a news release from WellSpan. The practice is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Mullins, interventional radiologist and Dr. Aditya Sharma, interventional cardiologist.

The practice will offer full-service vein care from start to finish including evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Prior to the facility opening on May 2, the previously mentioned procedures were performed at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.

Niki Hinckle, vice president of diagnostic services and service line development for WellSpan Health, left, holds the ribbon while Dr. Andrew Mullins, interventional radiologist, cuts it along with Dr. Aditya Sharma, interventional cardiologist, during the opening of outpatient interventional radiology practice.

“This practice recently opened but we have been planning this for a long time," said Niki Hinckle vice president of diagnostic services and service line development for WellSpan Health. "It’s been a dream planning, we did get sidetracked a little by COVID, but we are here now."

The facility, which used to house Pinnacle Health's cardiologist office, boasts four patient examination rooms, two procedure rooms as well as an ultrasound room. 

“The whole goal in moving this here was that we just want the patients to feel comfortable and know what they are getting into before they get into it," Mullins said. "Pre-procedure instructions used to be given over the phone back at the hospital, now after we see the patient here, one of our nurses gives them their pre-op instructions in person and it just a more personal experience." 

Dr. Andrew Mullins, interventional radiologist, is pictured here in one of the two procedure rooms during a tour of WellSpan Health's new Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology practice.

Mullins, who has 18 years of experience in his field, said that while he and the staff are still settling into their new space, patient reception has been positive. 

“It's been really good," he said. "Patients just seem much more comfortable and at ease here than at the hospital. Everything is handled here from getting their screenings, exams and procedures to getting their stockings to wear after a procedure, it's all handled here.” 

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Following the ceremony a tour was given of the procedure room and examination rooms and ultrasound equipment onsite.

While most procedures can be done at the new location in the Patrick O'Donnell Pavilion, Mullins said that larger procedures will still be done at Chambersburg Hospital. 

WellSpan's Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology office is on the second floor of the Patrick O'Donnell Pavilion off Saint Paul Drive in Chambersburg.

WellSpan said that there are plans to use this outpatient model for expansion of similar services in other regions where WellSpan operates.

For more information about WellSpan, go to www.wellspan.org.