David Thimons, DO, CMD
Gerald Hartle, DNP, CRNP
- PCMA Cofounders -


Personal Care Medical Associates (PCMA) is dedicated to providing the best medical treatment and quality of life possible for patients suffering from complex medical conditions. Our physicians and nurse practitioners care for patients in all settings - personal residences, hospitals, nursing homes, and personal care home. We work closely with primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals to relieve pain, symptoms, and stress. For homebound patients, we collaborate with home health agencies to ensure patients get the medical and social services they need to enjoy life in the comfort of their own homes. Please browse our website for more information, including the List of Services we provide in the greater Pittsburgh tri-state region. Please Contact Us if we can assist you in any way.

Telemedicine and the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Michael Fratkin, Originally posted in MedCity News, Oct 26, 2015. As a palliative care physician, I’m not really a technology guy. My choices in gizmos reflect this…the intuitive Apple computer, Zoom videoconferencing, athenahealth’s EMR, etc… My view of “meaningful use” is very different than that of the Department of Health and Human Services. While [...]

Transitional Care at the Skilled Nursing Facility Level

By David Thimons, D.O., C.M.D., Gerald Hartle, D.N.P., Kristing Brockway, M.D. Transitional care has become a hot topic in the medical industry. Quality of care, goals of care discussions, and readmission rates have been closely scrutinized by hospitals and insurance companies over the past several years. This has identified gaps in care; thus recognizing transitional [...]

The Profound Gift of a Good Death

Written by John Paul, Originally Posted on the BeaverCountian.com June 28, 2015. I was a young man, still a teenager, when I got to see firsthand just how horrific the process of dying can be. Then last week, now in my 30s, I witnessed what can be called a “good death” with the passing of [...]


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