Charles Cole Opens Bowman Health Center

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced the reopening of the Bowman Health Center in Smethport, effective Monday. New and returning patients can schedule appointments by calling 814/887-5395.

Dr. Amit Khanna, Dr. Nirav Patel, Dr. Seth Shifrin, and Judy Flynn, CRNP will continue to see patients until April 20, when CCMH will welcome Dr. David Kulling to the Bowman Health Center.

CCMH and the Keystone Rural Health Consortia have been operating the center jointly since Dr. Douglas Bowman’s untimely death in November. CCMH intends to operate the Bowman Health Center at the Misty Valley Health Center location until the end of the year at which time the practice will move into a portion of CCMH’s building on Marvin Street, utilizing a shared space model with the Guidance Center.

“We want to assure the Smethport community that we will continue to provide the very best health care services at the Bowman Health Center now and in the future,” said Ed Hardesty, executive director, medical staff relations and clinic operations, at CCMH.

Dr. Bowman, a member of CCMH’s medical staff since 1983, served the hospital and Smethport area in numerous capacities. He joined Keystone in 2005 at which time he opened the Misty Valley Health Center.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium. For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit