Avita Ontario Hospital
715 Richland Mall
Avita Walk-in Clinic
2007 W Fourth St.
Galion Hospital
269 Portland Way S
Bucyrus Hospital
629 N Sandusky
Physician Referral Line: 419-468-0961
Apr 24, 2017

For all you podcast listeners out there, we’ve started our very own! On our debut episode of “On Air With Avita”, we spoke with Dr. Ryan Wagner, Orthopedic Sports Medicine physician and Medical Director of Avita Center for Sports Health. Dr. Wagner provides great insight and education on Avita’s role in local schools, concussions, ultrasound and PRP for injuries. A must listen for athletes and active individuals!

Episode Segments: 
00:00 - Introduction
3:03 – The importance of Sports Health and Athletic Trainers in schools
12:10 – Staying on top of concussions
15:55 – The difference between an orthopedics and sports medicine
20:10 – Ultrasound in sports medicine
23:21 – The power of regenerative medicine and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
30:35 – Sports medicine is not just for athletes

Stay tuned for our next podcast where Audiology and Speech Therapy educate us on things we never knew about hearing aids and more!

Are we not on your podcast app of choice? Let us know! Send a message on Facebook or Twitter or email us at AOConnor@AvitaHS.org and we will work to get “On Air With Avita” directly to your app.



Mar 17, 2017

ONTARIO – March 1, 2017 – After multiple phases of development, Avita has opened Ontario Hospital which offers North Central Ohio residents a 24-hour, full-service Emergency Department, inpatient care, surgical care, and a wide variety of specialty service lines. Ontario Hospital is the third hospital for Avita Health System who is also the parent company for both Galion and Bucyrus Hospitals. Ontario Hospital is expected to bring over 300 new, full-time jobs to the city.  

This latest phase of Avita’s Ontario project included extensive construction on all three floors of the former Lazarus retail building; two floors opened February 6. “The most crucial service line added on the ground level is our Emergency Department,” comments Jerry Morasko, President and CEO of Avita Health System. “Our full-service ER has 23 beds and patients will benefit because they will be surrounded by supporting service lines such as inpatient care, surgery, radiology, and lab.” Every room in the Emergency Department is private with sliding glass doors which help with the noise and privacy concerns of patients.

Adjacent to the hospital’s Emergency Department is an ambulance entrance and helipad which will serve critical incoming and outgoing patients.

The entire third floor of Ontario Hospital is complete and includes a 7-bed intensive care unit, a 19-bed inpatient wing, a 16-bed pre/post op area, 4 surgical suites, and a café/kitchen. Inpatient rooms were designed to be very spacious to allow hospital staff extra room to work as well as family members room to visit. The comfortable atmosphere includes a large-flat screen tv, walk-in shower, and large sliding glass door which helps deter noise from outside of the room. ICU rooms include a full-size pull-out sofa which encourages family members to accompany patients overnight which helps in the healing process.   

An advanced call-system is also in each patient room which helps notify the nurse of specific needs the patient may have. A second unit is mounted to the wall allowing visitors an easy way to ask for pain control, bathroom assistance, or more water.

A few service lines are still under construction at the new hospital which include a cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac rehab area. Hospital officials say these areas are expected to open this year.

Despite Avita’s tremendous growth over the past few years, the health system will remain locally governed. “It is crucial that our board members are local residents of Crawford and Richland County,” comments Morasko. “We can better serve the community if the direction of our health system is led by local community residents because they are the individuals who live in our market area and utilize the services.”

History:  Avita announced their purchase of the former Lazarus retail anchor store in October 2013 at the Richland Mall. Lazarus (also known as the sleeping giant) sat empty for 7 years after closing in 2006. This 17-acre property was turned into a state-of-the-art multi-specialty medical facility by December 2014 after an aggressive demolition and construction timeline. The decision to grow in to the Ontario area was fueled by the fact that Richland County is a healthcare shortage area and a large-scale medical facility would be ideal to help fill this void by attracting medical professionals to the area. Avita officials examined several areas of land in Richland County prior to the purchase of the Lazarus building. The mall location was chosen based on the convenient location and solid foundation.

About Avita Health System:  Avita is a healthcare system comprised of 3 hospitals (Ontario Hospital, Galion Hospital, and Bucyrus Hospital) and over 40 supporting medical clinics. Over 1,600 employees serve Avita and provide quality healthcare to Richland, Crawford, and surrounding Ohio counties. In recent years, Avita has made tremendous strides in patient satisfaction, ranking them in the top 10% nationally in customer service.      

Feb 21, 2017

Dr. Gregory Carozza, Orthopedic Surgeon, has joined Avita Health System’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine team and is now seeing patients in Bucyrus and Marion. Dr. Carozza is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and has special interests in:

  • Hip, knee, and shoulder replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Fracture care
  • Carpal tunnel/Cubital tunnel
  • Tendon repairs
  • General orthopedics

 Dr. Carozza attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Arizona. He continued his education through a residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus.

Avita’s orthopedic and sports medicine team is the biggest between Columbus and Cleveland. Through fellowship training and years of extensive experience, our orthopedic team provides patients with individualized care to get them back to their normal activities.  

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carozza, call 419-562-5281.

Feb 9, 2017

The Avita Walk-In Clinic has moved to 2007 West Fourth Street in Ontario and now has expanded hours, open 10:00 am to 9:00 pm seven days a week. The Walk-In Clinic is designed to provide convenient, fast treatment for injuries and conditions that are not critical, but need prompt attention.

Feb 1, 2017

Family medicine physician, Harold Brown, DO, has joined Avita Health System. Dr. Brown is now accepting patients of all ages at 2007 West Fourth St. in Ontario.

 Board-certified, Dr. Brown earned his doctorate at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, PA. In 1995, Dr. Brown was recognized as one of the top 8 young physicians in the state of Ohio. Dr. Brown joins Avita with over 25 years of experience in private practice.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown, call 567-307-7860.

Dec 27, 2016

ONTARIO – December 20, 2016 – Dr. Walter Bodjanac, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, is now offering laser hair removal at his medical office at Avita Ontario, 715 Richland Mall.

Laser hair removal is a safe, effective way to remove unwanted hair from an individual’s face, back, chest, underarms, bikini line, and legs. It works best on individuals with lighter skin and darker hair color. Areas where hair is removed by lasers can generally remain hair-free longer than by most any other hair removal method.

During laser hair removal, the laser is applied to the skin and emits a powerful beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin. The hair follicles absorb the laser energy, impairing the ability to grow new hair. A patented cooling system is used during the treatment, therefore treatment is virtually painless. Most patients only feel a slight, momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure.

“I am constantly approached by both men and women about an alternative to shaving and other tedious hair-removal methods,” comments Dr. Bodjanac. “The benefit of laser hair removal is that it is safe, has long-lasting results, and is becoming a popular option for a lot of people.”

The number of laser treatments an individual requires depends on skin and hair color, density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the area being treated. Several treatment sessions, which are spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are recommended because the technology behind laser hair removal targets hair in the active phases of growth. Sessions take only a few minutes for small areas and approximately half an hour for larger areas.

The laser is also effective for age spot and pigmented skin spot removal as well,” comments Dr. Bodjanac. “Many of my patients want these spots removed just as much as they do their unwanted hair.”

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bodjanac, call 419-756-9996. For further details on laser hair removal or any Avita service line visit avitahealth.org

Oct 5, 2016

“Dr. Darmody brings a much-needed service to the community,” comments Jerry Morasko, President and CEO of Avita Health System. “His medical expertise and years of experience are invaluable and will enhance the quality of healthcare in the area. By adding new specialties, such as endocrinology, our entire system improves and is better equipped to provide local care for patients.”

            Dr. Darmody specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the endocrine system, which is comprised of a collection of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream. When these glands do not produce the right amount of hormones, an imbalance occurs and diseases develop. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function in the body. Common conditions that Dr. Darmody treats include diabetes, thyroid conditions, hypertension, hormonal imbalances, cancers of the endocrine glands, metabolic disorders, weight gain/loss, and osteoporosis.  

            Dr. Darmody obtained his medical degree from St. George University in Grenada, West Indies. He completed an internal medicine Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Cabrini, New York and an endocrinology Fellowship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City. He has over a decade of private practice experience in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

            To make an appointment with Dr. Darmody, call 419-462-4656.

Sep 16, 2016

ONTARIO – August 29, 2016 – Avita Health System welcomes general surgeon, David Zaghlool, DO, to its surgical team. Dr. Zaghlool performs a variety of surgical procedures including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. He will be seeing patients in both Galion and Ontario.

            As a general surgeon, Dr. Zaghlool has many special interests, including gall bladder disease, thyroid/parathyroid disorders, breast and colon cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, endoscopy screening, soft tissue/skin lesions, hernia repair, lymph node excision, and hemorrhoidectomies.

“Dr. Zaghlool is a great addition to our surgical team,” comments Daryl Sander, MD, general surgeon at Avita. “As Avita has grown, so have the needs of our patients. It’s great to have a top-notch surgeon to fill the gap. His patient-centered approach to healthcare makes him an asset to both Avita and the community.”

            Dr. Zaghlool earned his Doctorate of Osteopathy from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. In addition to his extensive education and surgical training, he also has experience as a resident speaker and researcher.


            To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zaghlool, call 567-307-7930. For more information on Avita Health System, visit www.avitahealth.org.

Sep 16, 2016

ONTARIO – September 8, 2016 – Avita Health System continues to expand pediatrics with the addition of Cheryl Clay, MD. Dr. Clay is now accepting patients from birth to 18 years of age, and joins the medical office of Dr. Charles Shaw at Avita Ontario.

“Dr. Clay brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience to our pediatric practice,” comments Dr. Charles Shaw, pediatrician. “She is dedicated to quality patient care and has a gentle kindness that makes children and their families feel comfortable.”

Dr. Clay earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she spent eight years practicing as a pediatric hospitalist caring for sick and injured children while they were in the hospital. Dr. Clay also has five years of experience as an Instructor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Clay, call 419-756-8511. For more information on Avita Health System providers, visit www.avitahealth.org.

Sep 16, 2016

BUCYRUS – September 16, 2016 – Dr. Ryan Hohman, Avita Health System Pediatrician, has partnered with the Reach Out and Read program, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally-appropriate books to over 4.5 million families annually. To date, Dr. Hohman has provided over 1,100 books to children ages six months through five years at their regular pediatric check-ups. Dr. Hohman’s medical office is located at Bucyrus Hospital.

Reach Out and Read, founded in 1989 at Boston City Hospital in Boston, MA, are advocates for childhood literacy and incorporate children’s books into pediatric care, encouraging regular childhood check-ups and parent/child reading prior to the child entering school. Through the Reach Out and Reach program, each child should receive 10 free books by the time they enter kindergarten. 

“With the Reach out and Read program, we are making literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care,” comments Dr. Hohman. “I have enjoyed providing my patients with tools to grow and succeed.” Dr. Hohman encourages the parents to read to their infants and children, and explains how reading assists in brain development and cognitive skills. 

The books are purchased through Scholastic, by the Ohio Children’s Fund, are age appropriate and meet bilingual needs. Reading books early help to children build language, literacy, social and emotional skills. Dr. Hohman plans to continue participating in the program.  According to the National Education Association, children who read early score better in school and more easily recognize letters and sounds.

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