Thursday, September 15, 2005

New doctor in place at Alliance

Staff Writer

Alliance Health Care System and Williams Clinic recently added a new doctor of internal medicine to their roster of physicians. Dr. David Pizzimenti has been working one month in the clinic, emergency room and hospital.

Pizzimenti steps into the role as medical director of Alliance. He is from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The doctor is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and through that group learned of Holly Springs.

“The Corps is a program set up years ago which flourished under the Clinton administration to deliver care to underserved areas, not just rural towns, but also big cities,” Pizzimenti said. “I ended up interviewing in a couple of major cities and when I came here I met people in the hospital and the city and was impressed.”

The doctor has a brother with family living in Colorado Springs and his parents live in Florida but are talking about the possibility of relocating here, he said.

He said Alliance is working to make the hospital a modern medical facility that will offer all the diagnostic and therapeutic options that patients in Holly Springs expect to have in their community.

“We now have all the basic primary care covered with Dr. Valdez in pediatrics, Dr. Diaz in family practice, Dr. Prophette in ob/gyn, Dr. Monaghan in surgery and three other physicians on a limited basis in cardiology, gastroenterology and nephrology,” Pizzimenti said. “We would like to eventually get speciality services on a permanent basis.

“My goals and aspirations are just to deliver quality health care here. People should be able to come to the ER or clinic and have all their medical problems effectively addressed.”

Pizzimenti said he loves the area and particularly the southern hospitality he finds here.

“It’s a breath of fresh air,” he said.

Dr. Pizzimenti earned a bachelor’s with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville in May 1997 and a Doctor of Osteopathy at Nova Southeastern University in May 2002. He spent three years of residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach with the first two years of emphasis in internal medicine and the third year of emphasis in osteopathic medicine. In 2003, he was given the Housestaff Intern of the Year award at Mount Sinai.

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