A new practice has opened at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

Blue Mountain Medical Associates is located on the second floor, Suite 257, of the hospital, at 135 Lafayette Avenue.

The staff consists of Dr. Barry Follweiler, M.D., who is board certified in internal medicine, as well as Carol McGinley, PA-C, and Marie Geiger, PA-C.

Follweiler said his practice accepts patients who are covered by medical assistance, as well as those who are uninsured.

He said his practice seeks to assist patients with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other chronic medical conditions.

"We really want to just take care of patients and work with their insurance companies," Follweiler said. "We don't want to exclude anybody."

At present, Follweiler has half day office hours, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, as well as Thursday morning. He said he hopes to have his office fully operable within the next few months.

Over the years, Follweiler said he's noticed several distinct changes in the field.

"There are a lot of specialists, who we wind up referring patients to," he said. "Medications and technology have changed."

Follweiler, who also has a practice in New Tripoli since 1988, previously served as chief of emergency medicine at Palmerton Hospital from 1995 to 2010, and has been on the staff of Palmerton Hospital since 1993.

To set up an appointment with Blue Mountain Medical Associates, call (610) 826-4316.