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Dosher partners with Novant Health for surgical services for Dosher patients

Dr. Richard R. Scallion

Dr. J. Andrew Smith

The board-certified general surgeons from Novant Health Surgical Associates have performed some inpatient and outpatient operations and procedures at Dosher over the past few years, and through this partnership, will schedule more surgeries to continue caring for patients. The five providers are (alphabetically) - Dr. Matthew A. Benenati, Dr. Adolfo R. DeSandre, Dr. Richard R. Scallion, Dr. J. Andrew Smith, and Dr. Mark Tillotson.

"This is a big step to increase collaboration between the two not-for-profit, community hospitals in Brunswick County," Dosher President & CEO Tom Siemers, said. "The Medical Executive Committee at Dosher and Novant Health physician leaders have been working together for several months to help implement this positive change."

"We are excited to partner with Dosher to help ensure patients are able to stay close to home for the high-quality surgical care they need," said Shelbourn Stevens, president, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. "Our surgeons opened an office in Southport several years ago and are looking forward to extending care to the community through this partnership with Dosher."

To better coordinate medical resources, the hospitals have agreed that afterhours surgeries now will be performed at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. Within 90 days, two of the Novant

Health general surgeons-Dr. Scallion and Dr. Smith-will begin caring for patients at the Dosher Medical-General Surgery physician practice at 819 N. Atlantic Ave., Southport. Until that time, they will continue to see Southport area patients at their office at 1456 N. Howe St.

"This collaboration expands the breadth of general surgery to include breast diagnostic and treatment as well as additional advanced laparoscopic procedures that now will be offered at Dosher," Dosher Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Hilaman said.

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