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Brief History of the WellSpan York Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Prepared by Stacey Robert, MD
May, 2015

In December 1968, York Hospital sponsored one of the first residencies in the emerging specialty of family practice. The Family Practice Center opened in March, 1969 under the direction of Dr. Thomas M. Hart, who moved his private practice to the residency. The first FPC was located in the ground floor of the Catherine Dale building. In 1970, the residency produced its first graduating class of three physicians, all of whom remained in York County until they retired.

The residency leadership increased the size of the program to a 6-6-6 program in 1976. When the practice outgrew its initial home in 1989, it was moved to the ground floor of the Marie Ketterman building, where it is located today. The Center was named in memory of Dr. Thomas M. Hart, the residency’s first program director.

In 1999 the residency increase in size to an 8-8-8 program and the family practice center underwent a major renovation and expansion. All residency administrative staff, resident workspace, and faculty offices moved to the first floor of the Marie Ketterman Building, directly above the clinical operations. A new stairwell was added to connect the two spaces.

The faculty has been very stable over the 38 years of operation. There have been only six program directors:

1968 to 1973 Thomas M. Hart, MD
1973 to 1978 Philip Roseberry, MD
1978 to 1989 Charles E. Schlager, MD
1989 to 2002 Richard W. Sloan, MD
2002 to 2011 Bruce M. Bushwick, MD
2011 to present Stacey Robert, MD

The residency has graduated 280 family physicians. Eleven residents have been awarded the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. Our alumni practice medicine throughout the United States and the world.

Among their ranks are traditional full spectrum family physicians, international mission physicians, academicians, and administrators. One of our graduates, Dr. David Loxterkamp, was the subject of the cover article in LIFE magazine in June, 1998 (What Makes a Good Doctor, Practicing Medicine the Old-Fashioned Way).

Another, Matthew Hahn, was Maryland’s 2007 Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner and was a runner up for the AAFP family physician of the year. Many of our graduates remain in York County to practice family medicine and to serve in community leadership roles.

Currently, our graduates include:

  • The president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and board member of the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Foundation (K. Mosser)
  • Executive VP - Clinical Practice WellSpan Medical Group (T. McGann)
  • A WellSpan York Hospital board of directors member (C. Carpenter)
  • The Director of the York City Health Department (D. Hawk)
  • The WellSpan York Hospital Family Medicine Residency program director (B. Bushwick)
  • The medical director of the WellSpan York Hospital Community Health Center (C. Echterling)
  • A member of the South Central Preferred Board of Directors (N. Kinley)
  • Two members of the WellSpan Medical Group Board of Directors (R. Salter, C. Heilman, T. McGann)
  • The Medical Director of the Health Connect (mobile medical) van (S. Robert)
  • York Provider Network Board (C. Carpenter)
  • Wellspan Health Services Board (K. Mosser)
  • The President and Board member of York County Medical Society (S. Robert)

Many of our graduates currently serve as community preceptors and inpatient service teaching attendings. Three others served full terms as the WellSpan York Hospital Medical Staff president. Our current residents are among the most respected and valued in the hospital.

 

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