St. Joseph Med Staff Update - Issue 1, 2012
In this issue, help for your diabetic patients, growth of the Outpatient Infusion Center, St. Joe's physicians honored by US News & World Report and more!
Medical Staff Update • Issue 1, 2012 A Message from John Finizio John Finizio President, St. Joseph Health Center St. Joseph had a very exciting and successful year in 2011, and I want to thank our medical staff for all their contributions and commitment to St. Joe's and our patients. The big event of course was the launching of CarePATH, our electronic medical record that went live in August. This is by far the one of the biggest initiatives that we have seen in recent years and although a significant change, physicians and staff have done well in the transition. Some other significant events worth mentioning: • Recertification of St. Joe's as a Magnet Hospital • Installation of lift equipment for patient and employee safety • Opening of our new Infusion Center • Our new location and expansion of our Sleep Lab • Received the Anthem Quality Award • Acquired adjacent property on Eastland Avenue for future expansion • Contracted with AVI for all dietary services • Successful ACOS survey for Cancer Care Center • Renovated the Howland Surgery Center Outpatient Speech Pathology Services at St. Joseph Hunter Square Facility Convenient, comprehensive care is the standard at St. Joseph’s Outpatient Speech Pathology Hunters Square location. Evaluation and treatment are provided for children and adults with speech, language, cognition, voice, stuttering, laryngectomy, swallowing difficulties, and autistic spectrum disorders. Parents/caregivers can watch the therapy session through an observation window allowing them to observe the progress of the patient and to understand how to follow- through with therapy at home. The speech pathologist communicates closely with the referring physician. Referring physicians receive the patient’s evaluation report as well as routine, on-going therapy summaries. Insurance verification is completed for the family by the Rehabilitation Insurance Verification Administrator and the information is quickly passed on to the patient’s family. The Speech Pathology Department at St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Hunters Square is open Monday through Friday and 2 evenings for after school appointments. Patients can count on easy registration, no waiting list, and convenient parking. For further information or an appointment call (330) 856-1520. St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation is located at Hunters Square, 8720 East Market Street, in Warren, Ohio. • Added digital radiology at our Andover emergency • US World and News report distinction for St. Joe's Gynecology services As we look to 2012, there are going to be continued growth and operational initiatives at St. Joseph that will improve our physician, patient and employee experience. Although 2012 will be challenging, I am confident that we will continue to have the same success in achieving quality outcomes, operational improvements, and strong financial performance as we did in 2011. Nursing Update I am very happy to share with you that on December 16, 2011 we were notified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that St. Joseph Health Center which includes Andover Emergency and the Howland Surgery Center, received Magnet re-designation. For SJHC along with SEHC, this is a second re-designation. In addition, SEBHC received first time designation. This is truly a wonderful achievement for our nursing division. Magnet status means clinical nurses, along with nursing leadership, are making a difference in patient care and outcomes. It also demonstrates the collaborative processes between nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team. I especially want to thank the doctors at SJHC who took time to meet with the Magnet appraisers during their visit in September. The ANCC always seek out our physicians’ perspective of nursing. Thanks very much to: Dr. Robert Moosally, Dr. Bipin Patel, Dr. Anthony DeSalvo, Dr. Gretchen Nickell, Dr. Edward Novosel, and Dr. Philip Starr. Cathy Tolbert, RN, MSN, NE-BC, FACHE Sr. VP Nursing/Chief Nurse Executive w Outpatient Infusion Center Continues to Grow In the past few months, the St. Joseph Outpatient Infusion Center has assisted nearly 1500 clients and that number continues to grow. Located within St. Joseph Health Center, the center combines a pleasant, comfortable setting with the convenience of daily hours to manage a variety of therapeutic infusion needs. The center works closely with the Medical Imaging Department, specifically Special Procedures, to assure referring physicians a smooth and convenient transition for their patients from discharge, to PICC line insertion, to next day antimicrobial therapy in our outpatient center. For patients requiring infusion therapies, the center helps them to avoid nursing home placement and extended hospital stays by offering an alternative to therapies not reimbursed in a home care setting. Therapies offered include IV antibiotics, IVIG, ESA's, Reclast, Xolair and numerous other intravenous medicines. Referring physicians can count on minimal wait times and exceptional care for their patients. For more information about the St. Joseph Outpatient Infusion Center call 330-841-4345. Diabetes Education Allow us to help your patients that have diabetes get their year off to a good start. Diabetes education classes are held at the St. Joseph Health Center hospital once a month. Class times alternate between morning and evening. Class participants can have Pre-Diabetes, Type 1, or Type 2. Individual sessions are held for women with Gestational diabetes. We also do 1:1 sessions for insulin or glucose meter instruction. Board Approvals St. Joseph Health Center Request for Active Provisional Staff Status Anwar Hamami, MD, Department of Trauma and Emergency Services Kenneth C. Lane, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Radiation/Oncology Most insurance carriers cover the cost of the classes, but we have each participant check with their own carrier to make sure there is coverage. If they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover the cost, there are other options that we can discuss with the participant. It is a paid benefit for any HMHP employee that carries the hospital's insurance. Questions?? Give us a call! 330-841-4160 April 3-4-5 9 am - 11:30 am May 1-2-3 6 pm - 8:30 pm A Network of Exceptional Care Humility of Mary Health Partners Physician Associates Welcomes Radiation Oncology HMHP Physician Associates is bringing together the best to provide you with the most advanced care and treatment options available today. HMHP Physician Associates is proud to welcome Radiation Oncology to the network. The Radiation Oncology group provides advanced diagnostic and treatment options and exceptional service for cancer treatment and management. The Radiation Oncology group includes From left, Eric Svenson, MD; Terrie Mellington, NP; Kenneth Lane, MD; and Rashad El-Dabh, MD. Radiation Oncology 8401 Market Str., Boardman 667 Eastland Ave., Warren 6262 Mahoning Ave., Austintown HMpartners.org x (330) 729-7500 (330) 841-4126 (330) 779-6825