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James E. O’Mara Cardiology Imaging Suite dedicated

Posted on: 08/23/2017

Pictured, from left, are State Rep. Martin Causer, the Rev. Leo Gallina, Dr. Kimberly Young O'Mara, Dr. Steven Herrmann, Sen. Joe Scarnati, Timothy J. Finan. 

The James “J.E.” O’Mara Cardiology Imaging Suite was dedicated at Bradford Regional Medical Center Wednesday.

The suite, the echo and stress lab area on the second floor, is named in memory of O’Mara, former board chairman of the Bradford Hospital Foundation and tireless advocate for rural healthcare, who passed away Feb. 5. A fund in his name was established by his wife, Dr. Kimberly Young O’Mara, board members, family and friends, to support the mission of BRMC, according to Francie Ambuske, executive director, Bradford Hospital Foundation.

Steven Herrmann, MD, Ph.D., FACC, FASE, spearheaded the naming and dedication and credits his decision to practice cardiology in Bradford to his dear friend. “Jim represented the best in Bradford’s warm personality. His strongest legacy, in addition to his faith, was the Bradford hospital.”

“Jim’s dedication to Bradford Regional Medical Center was immeasurable. His tireless work on behalf of the Bradford Hospital Foundation will never be forgotten,” said Timothy J. Finan, president, chief executive officer, BRMC and Upper Allegheny Health System.

“In the pursuit of greater good, all would agree that Jim had an unwavering commitment to ‘do good.’ He did so through his exemplary community service, as a champion of rural healthcare philanthropy and giving at Pitt-Bradford, as a school board member, as a mentor to serve children and assist them through his work at Beacon Light and as an active member of his church,” said Harvey Golubock, chairman, Bradford Hospital Foundation.

“Jim ‘invested’ himself every day and was part of the fabric of this community. His reach will only be known over time because he did so much for so many and with a glad heart,” Ambuske said.

Over the years, as the cardiology program grew at BRMC, members of the Bromeley Family created a distinguished naming opportunity to honor and remember Jean Bromeley’s parents, Corliss R. and Mary S. Hostetler.

Today, BRMC, member of Upper Allegheny Health System, continues to focus on top cardiac care which remains a critical condition locally and nationally.

For more information, to donate to the James E. O’Mara Memorial Fund, or how to establish a named fund, call the BRMC Foundation, call 814/362-3200.

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