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Several individuals and organizations are coming together to congratulate Radiological Physician Associates on its 45th anniversary of providing continued health care services.

Radiological Physician Associates is West Virginia's largest radiology and tele-rad group.

Doctors John Coyner and John Turner founded the Radiological Consultants Association in October 1968, and a year later the pair added Mack McClain and developed their simple philosophy: to provide quality, professional service with hard work but to play hard and enjoy life.

"As we reflect on our history, ultrasound and mammography began in the early ‘60s, CT body scanning in 1975, MRI body scanning in 1977 and PET imaging did not begin until the late 1980s," said Administrative Vice President Sam Merandi. "It is unbelievable to consider how the practice of medicine and radiology has advanced since our incorporation date."

The practice expanded to multiple hospital locations in the late 1970s by working with its first generation of teleradiology equipment to provide night and weekend coverage for satellite operations. It was upgraded again in 1995, along with the communications platform, and then once more in 2001 to include the installation of their own servers. RPA converted in 2008 from a server-based technology to its current cloud-based medical image exchange platform.

"Service is critical, because referring physicians expect our reports to be accurate and our system to be continuously available and reliable," said Radiological Physician Associates President John Leon, M.D.

RPA processes more than 150,000 studies each year and radiologists work from several different locations.

RPA also has been an active community sponsor for several events and activities, such as the United Way, Boy Scouts of America and Medbrook Children's Charity. RPA also established the Ian Marshall, MD Resident Library at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology.

"As administrator of United Hospital Center, I have had the privilege of working with RPA and its individual radiologists for many years," said UHC CEO Bruce Carter. "The doctors are always patient-focused and cooperative in terms of hospital systems.

"On a personal level, the doctors are highly qualified professionals, but also just plain nice people who care about the patients, the other doctors, the hospital and the community we serve."