Independent practice adds experienced physician and supporting medical staff to growing practice
LEMOYNE, Pa. — Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates (PCCMA), an independent medical practice based in Lemoyne, today announced four new hires to meet increasing demand for its pulmonary, critical care and sleep lab services.
Dr. Charles Inner, M.D. joined PCCMA as a physician and Cara Centrella joined as a physician assistant. Kellie Shapiro and Sherry Ayler joined as nurse practitioners. The new team members increase the practice’s total number of employees to 50 with expectations of adding additional staff throughout 2019.
“We are very excited to expand our medical team and continue to provide our patients with expert and compassionate care,” said Jason Alexander, Executive Director of PCCMA. “Charles, Cara, Kellie and Sherry add a wealth of diverse experience to our clinical team. We are proud of our continued growth as Central Pennsylvania’s largest independent pulmonary practice group.”
Dr. Inners will focus on seeing pulmonary patients at PCCMA’s Lemoyne office. He has served as president of the medical staff at LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg since 2013. Dr. Inners graduated first in his class at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Centrella will work with the practice’s outpatient pulmonary and sleep patients. She previously worked as a family medicine physician assistant at UPMC Pinnacle Health Medical Group. She received her master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Marywood University.
Ayler will serve as a nurse practitioner supporting outpatient and sleep patients. She has worked in nursing for more than 23 years. Ayler’s previous experience includes 16 years at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She received her master of science degree in nursing from Millersville University.
Shapiro will support pulmonary and sleep lab patients and will spend time in community hospitals and clinics. Shapiro previously worked as an adjunct and assistant professor at Harrisburg Area Community College teaching classes for licensed practical nursing (LPN). She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Marywood University and is expected to receive her master of science in nursing from Purdue Global in May.
In addition to its Lemoyne office, PCCMA also has offices in Carlisle and York and is UPMC Pinnacle’s select provider of pulmonary and critical care at UPMC Pinnacle hospitals in Central Pennsylvania.