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November 10, 2023

The next issue of Heritage Valley Health System’s E-Connections newsletter will be

Friday, November 17.

HVMG Endocrinology Welcomes Dr. Derek Lapp

Derek Lapp, DO has joined Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Endocrinology. Dr. Lapp earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Wake Forest University Baptist Health in North Carolina. 


Dr. Lapp is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.


Dr. Lapp joins Dr. Hira Ali, Dr. Samantha DeMauro-Jablonski, Dr. Lucas Heller and Karen Mayo, CRNP in the practice. He will be seeing patients in both the Sewickley and Monaca office locations. To schedule an appointment, please call 724-773-8981.


Edgeworth Medical Neighborhood

100 Hazel Lane; Suite 200

Sewickley, PA 15143

Center Township Medical Neighborhood

79 Wagner Road; Suite 201

Monaca, PA 15061

Barb, Concierge

Chippewa ConvenientCare

“Barb always goes above and beyond for coworkers and patients!” This is according to one of our patients from the Chippewa ConvenientCare, where Barb works as a Concierge. We agree!


Barb welcomes each patient with a friendly smile, and loves being in the “helping people” profession. She is a caretaker by nature, so being in health care is a perfect fit. She genuinely cares about people and wants to help them feel better. And, she cares about her coworkers (her “work family”) as much as her patients.


Barb knows that everyone’s time is valuable, and is happy to help with the registration process so that patients can be seen as quickly as possible. You will also find Barb assisting patients to and from their vehicles, or taking them for lab or imaging procedures. Basically, Barb does whatever is needed to make sure that our patients have a positive, timely visit!


Barb’s optimistic and cheerful attitude is definitely appreciated by both patients and her fellow employees. Her main goal, and one that she strives for each day, is to interact positively with all people. Based on our feedback, Barb is achieving that goal!


Click here for a listing of ConvenientCare locations. To see what positions at Heritage Valley might interest you, click here to visit our Careers webpage.

Relief for Patients Suffering from GERD

Many people experience symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux now and then, and over-the-counter antacids often provide relief. However, for some people, heartburn is frequent and severe, affecting eating, sleeping and overall quality of life. This could be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a digestive disorder that may cause the following symptoms:


  • A sour taste in the mouth
  • Regurgitation (when stomach contents back up into the mouth)
  • Nausea
  • Burping
  • Bloating
  • Dry cough or excessive throat clearing
  • Sore throat, hoarseness or laryngitis


The week of November 19 – 25 is designated as National GERD Awareness Week, a time when we encourage patients suffering from GERD to seek treatment. Without treatment, GERD may lead to serious complications over time. Prescription medications are often effective in reducing symptoms; however, for those who do not respond to medications, Dr. Eric Boyle of HVMG Surgical Associates offers an alternative ... an innovative, minimally invasive procedure using the LINX® Reflux Management System. 


The LINX® device is a small flexible band of magnetic beads (about the size of a quarter) that is wrapped around a weakened lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle between the stomach and esophagus that acts as the body’s natural barrier to reflux. The LINX® band prevents acid from rising up from the stomach by opening and closing before and after a patient swallows food, just as a healthy lower esophageal sphincter would. The procedure, performed at Heritage Valley Beaver or Heritage Valley Sewickley, typically takes less than an hour.


Dr. Boyle has offices in Sewickley and Bridgewater. To schedule an appointment, please call 724-773-6400

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

The Thanksgiving Day tradition is quickly approaching! Open to everyone, the Turkey Trot course takes runners and walkers alike on a 5K path through the charming town of Sewickley. The Turkey Trot is a joint project of Heritage Valley Health System and the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

The race begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, November 23, 2023 (rain, snow or shine!) at War Memorial Park, 811 Blackburn Road in Sewickley. Awards will be presented at 9:20 am at the finish line. Free parking is available in the Heritage Valley Sewickley parking garage, using the Blackburn Road entrance across from the YMCA.

Please click here for online registration. If you are registering on the day of the race, please arrive by 7:00 am. All pre-registered runners and walkers may pick up their race packets on Wednesday, November 22, from 10 am – 8 pm at the Sewickley Valley YMCA Community Activity Center, located in the upper parking lot on the YMCA’s campus on Blackburn Road. Packets may also be picked up on race day, although we recommend that you try to pick up your packets on Wednesday. 

The cost for adults (18 years and older) is $35; $20 for participants ages 17 and younger; and no cost for children in strollers. Proceeds benefit the Faith in Action program at the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

For more race information, please click here.

Flu and Covid Vaccine Clinics Extended

Heritage Valley Flu & Covid Vaccine Clinics, held at our Robinson Township and Center Township Medical Neighborhoods, will be extended through December 14th. Please note that the clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. High dose flu vaccines are available for those ages 65 and older. The schedule for the clinics, which run from 8 am – 4 pm, is as follows:

  • Robinson Township ConvenientCare – Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Center Township ConvenientCare – Tuesdays & Thursdays

Appointments for a flu shot, Covid vaccine, or both may be scheduled on the Heritage Valley app (iHVHS/aHVHS) using My Care Link. Click here for more information. If you do not wish to schedule an appointment, you may simply walk in to either location during the designated clinic times.

Flu and Covid vaccines, including high dose flu vaccines, are also available at any ConvenientCare site during regular business hours, which are Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 7:30 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Please sign in at the kiosk.

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