Ellwood City Man Not Injured in Single Vehicle Accident on Pa Turnpike in Big Beaver

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Story by Beaver County Radio Staff

(Big Beaver, Pa.) Pa State Police in Gibsonia are reporting that they were called to the scene of a one vehicle accident at 11:30 PM Sunday night along the Pa Turnpike at mile marker 13.1 in Big Beaver.

Troopers reported upon arriving and investigating that it was learned that a 2015 Dodge Charger that was being operated by 63-year-old Clarence Dufford of Ellwood City was traveling eastbound in the right lane at an unsafe speed and Dufford lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled across the left lane and struck the center concrete barrier. After impact the vehicle traveled counter clockwise and hit the center concrete barrier a second time and can to a final rest between the left and right lane facing south.

Dufford was not injured in the accident but was cited by State Police for driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

Pennsylvania Spending $45M to Establish Three New State Parks

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By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is spending $45 million to add three new state parks. Officials are set to announce Tuesday the parks will be at a nature preserve in Tunkhannock, on Big Elk Creek in the Philadelphia suburbs and along the Susquehanna River near Wrightsville. Together they’ll add about 3,400 acres to Pennsylvania’s existing system of 121 state parks. The three new parks’ final names haven’t been determined. They are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2026. New state funding is also helping develop a park where people can use motorized vehicles south of Hazleton and to preserve the state’s large collection of geologic core samples.

AHN Launches Online Self-Scheduling for Primary Care, Certain Specialty Appointments

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(Pittsburgh, Pa.)  Allegheny Health Network (AHN) patients now have a new option for self-scheduling a doctor’s appointment – by booking online, right from their computers or smartphones, in just minutes.

AHN is now one of just a few large health systems in the country to offer self-scheduling for primary and specialty services. According to HealthLeaders magazine, about 88% of health systems see patient self-scheduling as a top access and investment priority, but only about 3% currently have that capability – and only a few are actually acting on those plans, the magazine reported in July 2022.

“At AHN, we know that exceptional care isn’t just about providing outstanding medicine – it’s about breaking down barriers to care and providing better access and an easier experience for our patients,” said Deborah Duffy, Senior Vice President, Virtual Health and Access for AHN. “Online self-scheduling eliminates a lot of the hassle involved in making a doctor’s appointment.”

In other words, less time on the phone with call centers or reception desks.

When patients visit AHN.org’s “Find Care” portal (findcare.ahn.org) and search for a primary care provider or a specialist, the search will return a list of providers. Many of those provider bios now feature a “make an appointment” button beside the provider’s name.

By clicking on the “make an appointment” button, patients will be taken to the provider’s online scheduling tool, which shows the provider’s short-term availability and next available appointment.

From there, the online booking tool directs the patients to a decision tree and asks them a series of questions (reason for visit, date of birth, and a few others related to insurance coverage) and then asks them to select an available appointment window. Lastly, the tool asks the patient to confirm the appointment.

The technology interacts seamlessly with AHN’s MyChart patient portal. After the appointment is confirmed through the “Find Care” tool, the patient receives an immediate MyChart notification.

“Patients are telling us they want more autonomy, and more tools like these,” Duffy said. “As a network, we are committed to delivering consumer-friendly technologies that allow patients to access health care on their own terms.”

Caregivers are enthusiastic about AHN’s new self-scheduling option. Historically, physician practices have been resistant to giving up control of their appointment books, but at AHN, practices have collaborated with the network’s access and IT teams every step of the way, on this and other access-improvement initiatives

“Our physicians understand that providing world-class medicine is only one part of the care equation,” said Donald Whiting, MD, Chief Medical Officer for AHN. “Ensuring convenient access to our providers allows patients to more easily take advantage of the many medical services that we offer. Our new self-scheduling technology is a game-changer for both patients and caregivers.”

AHN has partnered with DocASAP, a leading patient access and engagement platform, to implement the new self-scheduling system. DocASAP, a part of Optum, which serves a variety of health systems and health plans nationally, is based in Virginia.

To date, more than 2,000 patients have successfully self-scheduled their own AHN physician appointments using the new option, which launched this summer. Currently, patients may self-schedule primary care, orthopedic, and OB/GYN appointments. More specialties, including cardiology, will be added in the near future.

“As an industry, we need to meet people where they are – and increasingly, they are online,” Duffy said. “This is a truly patient-centered access advancement, and it has the potential to improve health and well-being in meaningful ways.”

Patients can also continue to request appointments via email through their MyChart app, or by calling 412-DOCTORS in the Pittsburgh area (814-CONNECT in the Erie region).

Hopewell Commissioners Approve a Coffee House

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Story by Sandy Giordano, Beaver County Radio News
(Hopewell Twp., Beaver County, Pa.) The Hopewell Township Board of  Commissioners approved the coffee house ‘A BREWED AWAKENING’S conditional use for its Brodhead Road location . Solicitor Mike Jones  presented a written decision to have the coffee shop in Barbara Michna’s hair salon, GET PAMPERED.  She must abide   by the commissioners, and planning and zoning board stipulations. She is currently a commissioner and did not take part in any decisions concerning the site. She must remove a  dumpster or move it out of sight. A  clear sight triangle must be maintained and no vehicles should be parked there. The building code inspector  must come and inspect, Solicitor Jones said.

The  minimal municipal  contributions for the  police and non-uniformed workers as stipulated by the state were also approved during the meeting.


Come Fly with Teleforum Tuesday!

Tuesday’s guests on Teleforum with Eddy Crow are Professor Ursula Tierney and Larry Buffalini from the Aviation department at CCBC. Huge need for trained workers, we’ll talk about how you can get trained! Teleforum every weekday from 9 til noon on Beaver County Radio!

Aliquippa Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In

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Story by Sandy Giordano, Beaver County Radio News
(Aliquippa, Pa.) Stanley Ramar Pugh, 30 of Aliquippa who had a warrant for his arrest from state police in connection with a shooting that occurred on Friday just before 3 p.m. on Main Street in Aliquippa, turned himself in at the Beaver County Jail on Monday. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury  and other firearms violations.

Pugh  is accused of shooting a 19 year-old male  in the 1100 block of  Main Street.   Aliquippa Police requested that PSP take over the investigation.

Motorcyclist Injured in Center Township Accident

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Story by Sandy Giordano, Beaver County Radio News
(Center Twp., Beaver County, Pa.) A man was injured after his motorcycle and a car collided in the Walmart Plaza McDonald’s parking lot in Center Township at 1:43 PM Monday afternoon. Police and firefighters responded to the scene. The cyclist was taken to the hospital for his injuries. The vehicle driver was not injured. The motorcycle and vehicle  sustained moderate damage. There is no word on the severity of the man’s injuries or what caused the accident as officials continue to investigate.

Missing Juvenile Found Within Thirty Minutes in Ambridge

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(Ambridge, Pa.) Beaver County radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano is reporting that Ambridge and Baden Police were dispatched to search for a missing juvenile just after 5 p.m. yesterday. Giordano says that according to an Ambridge Police Officer the child was found within 30 minutes after they were located by a daycare center worker.

There was no other information released.

AAA: Gas Prices Decrease in PA; National Average Increases

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(Pittsburgh, Pa.) Gas prices are two cents lower in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.902 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average                $3.902
Average price during the week of September 19, 2022                           $3.929
Average price during the week of September 27, 2021                           $3.380

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$3.854      Altoona
$3.998      Beaver
$3.961      Bradford
$3.617      Brookville
$3.935      Butler
$3.958      Clarion
$3.698      DuBois
$3.857      Erie
$3.897      Greensburg
$3.901      Indiana
$3.915      Jeannette
$3.953      Kittanning
$3.913      Latrobe
$3.898      Meadville
$3.994      Mercer
$3.893      New Castle
$3.915      New Kensington
$3.959      Oil City
$3.940      Pittsburgh

$3.907      Sharon
$3.962      Uniontown
$3.962      Warren
$3.893      Washington

Trend Analysis:

Gas prices rose a nickel over the past week, as the national average pump price hit $3.72. The main reason is higher regional prices on the West Coast and the Midwest due to refinery issues ranging from planned maintenance to a fire. Hurricane Ian could also cause problems, depending on the storm’s track, by disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and impacting large coastal refineries. But low domestic demand and much lower oil prices have helped to blunt some of the impact. On Friday, the price of oil slipped below $80 a barrel for the first time since January, primarily due to fears of a recession-led global economic slowdown.

Meanwhile, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased from 8.49 million barrels per day to 8.32 million barrels per day last week. Moreover, according to the EIA, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 1.6 million barrels to 214.6 million barrels. Although gasoline demand has decreased, tight supply and fluctuating oil prices have increased the national average price.

Today’s national average of $3.72 is 14 cents less than a month ago but 54 cents more than a year ago.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 71 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel Lane Restriction Tonight in Pittsburgh

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(Pittsburgh, PA) PennDOT District 11 is announcing a lane restriction in the inbound (eastbound) Fort Pitt Tunnel in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Tuesday night, September 27.

A single-lane restriction will occur in the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as crews conduct electrical and lighting work.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.