On Jan. 1, 2013, Chillicothe-area family practice physician James P. Suchsland, D.O., will be joining Hedrick Medical Center.

While Dr. Suchsland will maintain his current office space, the main difference for patients will be that business administration services, including billing, will be provided by Hedrick Medical Center.

"My staff and I will are thrilled that this change will allow us to focus more time and attention directly on patient care and less on the important but time-consuming administrative duties," Dr. Suchsland said.

"Having Dr. Suchsland join our team strengthens an already strong group of physicians and nurse practitioners we have here at Hedrick Medical Center," Matt Wenzel, CEO, said. "Dr. Suchsland's current patients have been notified of the change, and we certainly expect no change to the high quality of patient care during the transition."

Dr. Suchsland will continue seeing patients at his office located at 530 Park Lane in Chillicothe. The phone number will also remain the same. For more information on Dr. Suchsland's employment with Hedrick Medical Center, or to schedule an appointment, call 660-646-2245.