New surgeons provide expanded surgical care at Coshocton Hospital

| August 20, 2015
Hoang Lim DO

Hoang Lim DO

Keith K Harmon MD FACS

Keith K Harmon MD FACS

COSHOCTON – Coshocton Hospital’s goal to expand surgical services has been realized with the recent hiring of two general surgeons to its medical staff. The addition of surgeons Keith K. Harmon, MD, FACS, and Hoang Lim, DO, who are highly trained in minimally invasive surgery, expands the hospital’s ability to provide the latest in laparoscopic surgical practices as well as diagnostic procedures, surgical critical care, biopsies and surgical intervention.

Dr. Harmon and Dr. Lim are a part of the Coshocton Surgical Center which also includes general surgeons Arvind M. Shah, MD; Thomas Mahany, MD; Michael Sarap, MD; Clark Leslie, MD; Joshua Paulick, MD; and Joseph O’Hanlon, DO.

Keith K. Harmon, MD, FACS, a board-certified general surgeon, joined the hospital on July 27, moving from Intermountain Health Care in Burley, Idaho, where he served as Chief of Surgery. Dr. Harmon graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He had an eight-year career in corporate accounting as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), before electing to pursue a degree in medicine. Dr. Harmon earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 2003. He served his internship and residency in general surgery at Grand Rapids Medical Education Research Center (GRMERC), Michigan State University.

In addition to his board certification through the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Harmon is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and has his certification in SAGES Advanced Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery. He also maintains certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

“I have spent several months searching for what I’ve found here in Coshocton – a safe, friendly community and an expanding surgical program where I can make a contribution professionally,” said Dr. Harmon. “I’ve been impressed with the dedication of the hospital’s leadership and staff and the work they’re doing to further develop surgical services. I’m also both pleased and surprised to find the quality of the operating rooms and the diagnostic equipment available here in a community hospital.”

Hoang Lim, DO, joined Coshocton Hospital on Aug. 3. Dr. Lim earned her Doctor of Osteopathy from Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She completed her residency in general surgery at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, where she served as chief surgical resident.

During her residency, Dr. Lim was an active participant on the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program committee and the Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Task Force committee at the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

Dr. Lim’s areas of special interest include minimally invasive surgery as well as breast, colorectal and thyroid surgery. Having the ability to focus on these elements of general surgery fuels her enthusiasm about the growth of surgical services at Coshocton Hospital.

“It’s critically important that we provide high quality surgical care for our patients here in the communities where they live and where their family practitioners are located,” said Dr. Lim. “I am excited to be a part of an organization that provides exceptional clinical care within a friendly, caring environment.”

With the addition of two physicians highly trained in minimally invasive procedures, the hospital has expanded surgical and diagnostic options available to patients.

“Laparoscopic surgeries are performed for a variety of cases including appendix and gallbladder removal, colon and bowel procedures and other procedures appropriate for the patient’s specific condition,” said Coshocton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Conn, RN, BSN, MSN. “The talents and training that these two general surgeons bring to our surgical team allows us to provide exceptional care with a full complement of surgical procedures that are essential components in a high-functioning community hospital.”

The surgeons’ medical offices are located in the Coshocton Surgical Center at 311 S. 15th St. in Coshocton. Appointments can be made by calling 740-295-3360 or by referral from a primary care provider.

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