Penn Medical Group, P.C., has relocated to a new address in the new year.

Penn Medical Group, P.C., has been located at 413 Bridge St., Weissport since Sept. 7, 1999, when Dr. Peter Baddick opened his practice to meet the growing medical needs of the local community.

After searching for 20 plus months for a building that would offer adequate space for future growth, the practice is relocating to the former Dr. Floriel Diaz complex at 2175 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton (Route 443, Mahoning Township) to meet their patients' medical needs far into the future.

The rapidly expanding practice now includes Chukwudi Ogbolu, M.D.; and Sandra Pascal, D.O.; and Ronald Slivka, CROP and a new highly experienced clinical and administrative team which was specifically recruited for the growth and future success of Penn Medical Group and also to bring a new level to patient satisfaction and a caring and personal touch to patient experience.

The 12,500 square foot building in Mahoning Township is currently undergoing a complete renovation to upgrade the facility, and develop new technology to increase their efficiency and provide their patients with a greater level of comfort.

"Since that memorable and exciting day in our history of opening our Weissport office, we have grown from zero patients to several thousand today, who have come from as far as Canada, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and from 25 plus counties across Pennsylvania as far west as Pittsburgh," said Dr. Baddick.

Dr. Baddick said that Penn Medical Group's philosophy has always been for the medical staff to remain updated on "cutting edge" best practice standards of care and striving to remain the most respected center of excellence for comprehensive medical care in our region.

Penn Medical Group concentrates on internal medicine, orthopedic medicine, family medicine and bariatric medicine. They also do pain management. Penn Medical Group also offers lab services, clinical and diagnostic testing, drug testing, physical therapy and will also be renting space to specialists to bring more advanced medical care and options to the area for their patients.

"We are nationally known on the east coast for our bariatric practice," said Dr. Baddick. "Bariatric medicine is the medical specialty of weight loss of obesity medicine. Our bariatric medical practice is very high grade. We don't just treat patients for weight, we also treat them for the 62 diseases that are collateral diseases to the complex of obesity or bariatric medicine. Obesity is the number one health epidemic in our country."

Dr. Baddick said that he is proud to say that he has one patient from Frackville who has lost 135 lbs. since last May without surgery. He had another patient who lost 351 pounds without surgery.

"It's the most sophisticated program," he added.

Dr. Baddick trained in internal and orthopedic surgery. He does office-based orthopedic medicine since a wrist injury sidelined his surgical career.

Dr. Baddick has sports medicine experience since he has served as a game day physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers for about five years, from 1998 to 2002, plus was the sideline physician for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.

Dr. Baddick received his undergraduate training at Temple University in Philadelphia, plus earned a second Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University and then did his medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, plus he served two residencies.

Since then he has done fellowship training in bariatric endocrinology at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; and is part of the Congress on Obesity at the Cleveland Clinic.

Since 2001, he has had a faculty appointment as an associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, CMI Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine, where he teaches continuing education to physicians.

"I'm the physician who discovered the only know cancer cluster of its kind in the world for Polycythemia Vera in the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties," said Dr. Baddick. "I helped discover and defend the hypothesis to the Center for Disease Control and ATSDR, (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry).

His discovery helped lead to a national and international investigation into Polycythemia Vera. The U.S. Congress has appropriated $10 million with ongoing research from a national panel of experts and researchers into the cause and effect that will ultimately determine a treatment for the disease. Polycythemia Vera is a cancer related to the red blood cell.

Dr. Chukwudi Ogbolu, MD joined Penn Medical Group in 2004 and completed his medical education at the esteemed Emory University College of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and his Internal medicine residency at the prestigious Yale University Medical Center. Dr. Ogbolu is also a hospitalist at Pocono Medical center caring for acutely ill and critically ill patients.

"Our practice also has been successful in the recruitment of Dr. Sandra Pascal, a board certified family physician from New York City, who began practicing with our medical group on Nov. 1, 2010," said Dr. Baddick.

Dr. Pascal received her undergraduate training at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft., Lauderdale, Florida and completed her family medicine residency at Jamaica Hospital in Queens New York. She currently practices family medicine and bariatric medicine and enjoys the fact that she can practice wholistic medicine with an emphasis of preventive measures.

Dr. Baddick said that his medical group is also continuing to actively recruit physicians of various medical specialties so care can be offered and provided close to home and immediately available on acute occasions.

"We are also developing the regions first telemedicine suite, solely dedicated to telemedicine services to university based centers of excellence for various specialties of medicine without leaving Carbon County," said Dr. Baddick. "As well, we plan to develop and implement a regional back pain treatment center, which will be a comprehensive clinical care pathway to include all current cutting edge diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients with acute and chronic back pain."

"Our efforts are being supported by Blue Mountain Health Systems continued mission to grow the community of physicians and medical specialists for our region," he added.

Dr. Baddick noted that in the past 11 months the area has lost seven plus medical providers to retirement and relocation.

"We believe it is our task and our time to provide this region with the best access to world class physicians to protect the health interests of our region," he said.

"We look forward to the continuity of care in the New Year and in our new location," said Dr. Baddick. "We are and will remain in your dedicated and compassionate medical services."

The new location in Mahoning Township officially opened on Jan. 3. Hours of operation are Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the last patient has been cared for.

New patients are welcome and most insurances accepted.

For an appointment or for additional information, call (570) 386-4171.