Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) held a ribbon cutting recently in celebration of the opening of an Integrative Pain Management Center at the hospital. The new center will provide a variety of non-opioid treatment options for people suffering from chronic pain.
Attended by hospital staff and two of the Garrett County Commissioners, the ribbon cutting marked the opening of a much needed clinical service that will prevent patients from having to travel to see a pain specialist. The pain center at GRMC is associated to the new clinic at WVU Medicine’s Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, WV. Both locations are partially funded through a HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant, and both are under the direction of Edward Soriano, DO, a pain management specialist with over 20 years of experience treating chronic pain. Dr. Soriano will provide a wide range of interventional pain management procedures at both locations.
Dr. Soriano graduated from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Afterwards, he trained in Interventional Pain Management. He was named a “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for several years in the specialty of Pain Management prior to relocating to Garrett County.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring pain management to our community, especially using treatments that avoid the use of opioids,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO of both Garrett Regional Medical Center and WVU Medicine’s Potomac Valley Hospital. “Chronic pain is something that can completely derail a person’s life. Having Dr. Soriano on staff, a pain management specialist with extensive experience in the field, is a blessing. People in our community will now have access to treatment options that were not available in the past. This integrative pain center will have a positive impact on many patients’ lives.”
The pain management center will provide treatment options that include, when possible, non-opioid based medications as well as oversight of physical therapy and various x-ray and ultrasound guided spinal and peripheral nerve injections. Dr. Soriano also performs Botox® injections for chronic migraine headaches as well as for spasticity associated with stroke and other neurological conditions. Additionally, the center offers electrodiagnostic testing (electromyography and nerve conduction studies) to assist in the diagnosis of various nerve conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome.
“It’s important that referring physicians as well as potential patients understand that we are essentially a pain management center that works to ensure patients progress as much as possible in controlling their pain,” says Dr. Soriano. “In additional to our clinical treatment options, we also provide patients with ancillary services that include massage therapy, acupuncture, and counseling. We take a holistic approach with our patients because that approach assures the best results.”
Patients must be referred to the clinic by a physician, and patients referred undergo a thorough interview and screening process.
The County Commissioners welcomed the new service, believing it bolsters GRMC’s status as a regional medical center offering an abundance of medical services not found in most rural communities.
“We are very pleased to see Garrett Regional Medical Center bringing another progressive, much needed medical specialty to our community,” said County Commission Chair Paul Edwards. “With every advancement in care implemented at our hospital, it’s a selling-point for our community. Not only are we helping the people who call Garrett County home lead healthier lives, we’re demonstrating to potential residents and businesses that we have the state-of-the-art health care they need. This is another example of GRMC helping to make Garrett County a better place to live and work.”