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New physician assistant at BCH Primary Care Center

Melanye Deuble-Hankins will become Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s newest physician assistant when she joins the hospital on Nov. 27.


With nearly two decades’ experience as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant, Deuble-Hankins has worked in cardiology and clinic settings. As a primary care provider at an occupational health clinic in Salamanca, she has also been in charge of emergency response for about 13 years.

“I am so happy to be joining the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital medical staff,” Deuble-Hankins said. “I am looking forward to greeting patients with a genuine smile, a willing ear and sound judgement. I never forget what an honor and privilege is it, to be caring for you and your family.”

Deuble-Hankins began her career in the healthcare field as an ambulance attendant and flight medic with the STARFLIGHT program in Jamestown. She moved into cardiology as a cardiac ultrasound technologist before earning a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College. She has been a physician assistant in medical offices in Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus County, bringing extensive cardiology diagnostics training to the care she gives to her patients.

“Our primary care practice has been able to recruit patient-focused providers to our staff since opening in 2010,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “We’re excited to have [Deuble-Hankins] join our team.”

The BCH Primary Care Center is scheduling patients with Deuble-Hankins immediately, and she will be accepting all major health insurances. For an appointment, call 592-8140.


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