|There are about 40 to 45 physicians and 25 physician assistants who see around 27,500 patients a month at the varying sites. FPC— located in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Lycoming counties are independent businesses and physicians are owners or have the option of being the owners at some point. All businesses are personally financed and funded.
Dr. Domenick Ronco joined the practice in 1980 and Fasano said it doubled the office and has been growing since. Today, FPC focuses on primary care as well as internal medicine, pediatrics and family care. The locations are easily accessible for patients so excessive travel time isn’t required. Lab work and x-rays are handled by the doctors, and many patients find it easier to have these procedures completed at the office than having to travel further distance.
Robert Werba, of Mifflinburg, a patient of the facility since the beginning, said that in the past, any lab work he had to have done meant traveling out of town. Now “we can get things done without having to run 20 to 30 minutes,” he said. “We’re able to do stuff where it’s convenient.” Other services FPC offers include a team of doctors at the area hospitals who dedicate their time to see patients rather than requiring the physicians to travel.
Ronco said the practice is also working on the concept to streamline care in following up with those who are at risk of ending up back in a hospital after being discharged, or those with complicated medical issues. Continual work with updating electronic medical records and integrating with those at Sunbury Community Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center and Evangelical Community Hospital is also an ongoing procedure.
With the economy the way it is, Fasano said, people are losing their jobs and their health care, but FPC is doing its best to help.
FPC has always accepted public assistance and welfare and will continue to do so. “It’s our responsibility to give back to our community and help when needed,” he said. Ronco agreed, and noted not many other facilities offer the service. “We wish other practices would do the same, it does throw a burden on those who do.”
Many patients find the services and help provided by the FPC to be more than helpful, and Werba said he respects that Fasano and Ronco really work together as a team in their facilities. “They’re like a clone,” he said. “…Personally I think their medical facility is innovative, revolutionary and caring. They do what they do because of their love of the profession.”
In the future, the medical officials will fine-tune what they already are working on and continue to do their best. “We’ll be here as long as we are able to be,” Fasano said, “doing what we’re doing and hopefully doing it well.”
Dr. Charles Fasano
October 19, 1941 - March 28, 2009
Dr. Charles P. “Chuck” Fasano graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1963. He worked as a pharmacist for several years prior to enrolling in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1968.
After graduating from medical school in 1972, he completed a rotating internship at Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital. In 1973, he moved to Mifflinburg, the hometown of his wife Rhoda, to establish a medical practice on Market Street at the site of the former office of the late Dr. John Purnell.
Dr. Fasano worked for several years as a solo family practitioner until 1980 when he partnered with Dr. Domenick Ronco. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which today employs a team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, ond over 500 staff members at 24 practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Fasano maintained an active medical practice until his death and was committed to providing quality and compassionate care to the patients of Family Practice Center.
Dr. Fasano practiced at Evangelical Community Hospital and formerly served as the Chief of the Medical Staff. He served as the Medical Director of Rolling Hills Manor, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, and RiverWoods retirement communities. He was a member of both the Union County and Pennsylvania Medical Societies in addition to the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Recently, Dr. Fasano proudly served as the Chairperson of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.
Providers, and staff of Family Practice Center, P.C. remember Dr. Fasano's "patient first" philosophy as we proudly carry on his work.