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Bristol Township Council Honors National Osteopathic Medicine Week

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Bristol Township Council Honors National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Bristol Township Council Honors National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Bristol, PA (April 21, 2022)— Lower Bucks Hospital attended the Bristol Township council meeting today in honor of National Osteopathic Medicine Week. At the event, Angelo Ratini, DO, accepted a proclamation in honor of National Osteopathic Medicine Week on behalf of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA).

National Osteopathic Medicine Week, is celebrated April 18-24, and this year, marks 130 years since osteopathic medicine was founded. The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) reached out to local governments in Pennsylvania to mark this special event.

According to the proclamation, there are currently 168,701 DOs in the U.S. and Pennsylvania is leading the nation with more than 12,289 licensed DOs. There are also 2,561 osteopathic medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Ratini thanked the Bristol Township Board and went on to say, "Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), practice in every medical specialty. DOs believe there's more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. Their whole-person approach to medicine focuses on prevention, helping promote overall health and wellness, and recognizing the interrelated unity among all systems of the body."

Also attending the event were the chair of the local POMA District 14, Richard M. Purse, DO, Melinda Ratini, DO and Michael Motte, CEO of Lower Bucks Hospital.

Dr. Ratini has practiced in Bucks County for more than 35 years. He has been a member of the family medicine residency program at Lower Bucks Hospital since its inception and currently serves as the family medicine associate program director.

Dr. Ratini earned his medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the Delaware Valley Medical Center. He is board certified in Family Practice and holds a certificate of added qualification in Geriatrics.

Dr. Ratini has been a member of POMA, since 1986 and has been an alternate to the board of trustees since 2021.

Dr. Ratini, is a distinguished and dedicated physician of osteopathic medicine, focusing on patient-centered care in the community and improving the health of all Bucks County residents.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented and devoted physician in our community,” said Michael Motte, CEO of Lower Bucks Hospital.

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About Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, radiology, wound care, and general surgery. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Prime Healthcare was founded by Dr. Prem Reddy, a physician with a mission to save hospitals, improve community healthcare and provide the very best care to patients. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit www.primehealthcare.com