Salem Regional Medical Center announces additions

Dr. Bagwell joins SRMC staff

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) welcomes Family Medicine physician Brianne (Witmer) Bagwell, M.D., to its active medical staff. Dr. Bagwell is joining Richard L. Banning, M.D.; Dean Economous, M.D.; Richard L. Fawcett, M.D.; J. Gregory Gardner, M.D., and Michael J. Sevilla, M.D.; at the Family Practice Center of Salem.

Dr. Bagwell received her bachelor’s of science degree in natural sciences, summa cum laude, from the University of Akron, and then received her medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. She then completed her residency training in family medicine at Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown, where she was also chief resident. During her residency, Dr. Bagwell also completed several research projects with area physicians.

As a family medicine physician, Dr. Bagwell will provide comprehensive health care to area families, with a focus on improving patients’ quality of life and overall health. This includes care for patients of all ages from infants to the elderly, as well as care for a variety of chronic conditions along with disease prevention.

A local graduate of South Range High School, Dr. Bagwell wanted to remain in the area to raise her family. “It is a privilege to be able to care for area families and to earn their trust,” said Dr. Bagwell. “I look forward to developing ongoing, personal relationships with patients, which is a key to maintaining good health.”

Dr. Bagwell is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. She is currently accepting appointments, which are available by calling the Family Practice Center of Salem, 2370 Southeast Blvd., at 330-332-9961.


Dr. Counto seeing patients in Lisbon

LISBON – Board Certified Family Medicine physician Vidya Counto, M.D., will begin seeing patients at 356 E. Lincoln Way in Lisbon every Tuesday at the Family Healthcare of Columbiana County practice.

Dr. Counto joined Salem Regional Medical Center’s active staff in 2007, and has an established practice at the Columbiana Family Care Center on 750 E. Park Ave., Columbiana. She is accepting new patients at both the Columbiana and Lisbon locations, which are offices operated by the SCH Professional Corporation, a service of Salem Regional Medical Center. In addition, she will provide coverage for established patients of Family Healthcare of Columbiana County, at the East Lincoln Way location in Lisbon.

“I am looking forward to serving residents in the greater Lisbon area and enjoy working with people at all life stages,” Dr. Counto said.

Dr. Counto completed her family practice internship and residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown. She is a graduate of the Goa Medical College in Goa, India, and is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners, in addition to being board certified.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 330-482-3871.


SRMC welcomes Dr. Rettig

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) welcomes Emergency Medicine physician Joseph C. Rettig, M.D., to its active medical staff. Dr. Rettig will begin treating patients in SRMC’s Emergency Department (ED) in early August.

A graduate of East Palestine High School, Dr. Rettig received his bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry, summa cum laude with honors, from Mount Union University in 2008, where he was also a Presidential Scholar. He then earned his medical degree at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, and completed his emergency medicine residency training at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va.

Dr. Rettig’s love of science directed him into the field of medicine and his desire to return home to Columbiana County helped him choose SRMC to practice emergency medicine. Dr. Rettig and his wife, Amanda, recently moved back to the area because they want to raise their three boys here.

“My goal is to work together with our emergency department team to take care of the people of our communities,” Dr. Rettig said. “I put my patients first and always try to do what’s best for them. I want to work with a hospital and medical staff who do the same, and have been impressed with the teamwork and patient care provided by the ED staff at Salem Regional Medical Center.”

“Our increasing emergency department visits have prompted us to expand our staff in order to continue providing the high quality of care and level of service we want to deliver to our patients,” said Lauren Fredrickson, M.D., medical director of SRMC’s ED. “We are pleased that Dr. Rettig has joined us as the newest member of our ED physician staff.”

Dr. Rettig is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family and participating in outdoor activities.


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