Nov/Dec 2013 • Vol. 43, No. 10
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6 Pills for the Pain
Rx: Recognize the abuse of opioids and stop it ... before it kills our kids
11 Giving Thanks
Physicians Reach Out Participating Providers
In This Issue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 President’s Letter: The End — My How Time Flies! 8 Committee Highlight: Child Health Committee Promotes Healthy Snacks for Regional Athletes 10 MMAE 12 Charlotte AHEC Course Offerings for November 12 Member News 12 Upcoming Meetings & Events 13 New Members 13 Announcements 13 Welcome New Residents for 2013 14 Thank You to Fighting for Women with Fashion Sponsors 14 Navigators Offer Free Guidance on Health Insurance Marketplace 14 Volunteer Opportunities 15 At the Hospitals 18 National Health & Wellness Observances for November and December 18 Advertising Acknowledgement
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OFFICERS Janice E. Huff, MD President James B. Hall, MD President-Elect Simon V. Ward III, MD Secretary Stephen J. Ezzo, MD Treasurer Maeve E. O’Connor, MD Immediate Past President BOARD MEMBERS Lloyd L. Bridges, MD Raymond E. Brown, PA Jonathan A. Buice, MD Scott L. Furney, MD Harold R. Howe, Jr., MD Scott L. Lindblom, MD John P. McBryde, MD Cheryl L. Walker-McGill, MD Thomas N. Zweng, MD EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS Gretchen Allen President, Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment Keia V. R. Hewitt, MD President, Charlotte Medical Society Docia E. Hickey, MD NCMS Speaker of the House Stephen R. Keener, MD, MPH Medical Director, Mecklenburg County Health Department Darlyne Menscer, MD NCMS Delegate to the AMA Douglas R. Swanson, MD, FACEP Medical Director, Mecklenburg EMS Agency EXECUTIVE STAFF Sandi D. Buchanan Executive Director Trisha G. Herndon Director, Meetings & Special Events Stephanie D. Smith Executive Assistant MECKLENBURG MEDICINE STAFF Editor Mark E. Romanoff, MD Managing Editor Sandi D. Buchanan Copy Editor Lee McCracken Advertising Mark Ethridge 704-344-1980 Editorial Board N. Neil Howell, MD Janice E. Huff, MD Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD Graphic Design — Wade Baker
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The End — My How Time Flies! By Janice E. Huff, MD, President
s my year as Mecklenburg County Medical Society president draws to a close, I instinctively think back to where we were 12 months ago and how fast this year has gone. Only a year has passed since the 2012 elections, which dramatically changed the political landscape in Raleigh. Another year has passed, and it seems the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 barely has gotten off the ground and remains controversial and poorly understood. Old acronyms and problems remain. Can SGR be fixed? Will ICD-10 be implemented in November 2014? New acronyms and programs are becoming familiar, such as ACO, “value-based” health care (isn’t that what we have been doing all these years?) and Health Insurance Marketplaces (yes, Exchanges already are passé). No one really was sure what the future held, and I don’t think we know any better today what the future will bring for health care reform. The only thing I know for certain is that J. B. Hall, MD, will write the next President’s letter for this magazine! So, that is my first thank you and congratulations — to Dr. Hall for serving as your next MCMS president. Thank you to the board of directors, which has served this year and is in the process of determining how to take your Medical Society into the future. I would like to thank Sandi Buchanan, Trisha Herndon and Stephanie Smith for all their time and patience helping me as I recalled Charlotte’s medical history (for past magazine articles) and worked on other projects for the Society. We could not function as a Medical Society without these three people. It has been an honor to serve as your president, and I appreciate everyone’s support and welcome your feedback to help the Society continue to be the best in North Carolina. Regardless of where we are in our medical careers — student, resident, building a practice or seeing retirement in our rearview mirror — and how we feel about the current state of health care, we never should lose sight of the gift we have been given. Professional athletes often speak of how lucky or blessed they are to make a living playing a game they love. We should approach medicine the same way (even if our “fans” don’t paint their faces or wear our colors). We are fortunate to be part of the most noble and altruistic profession. To care for others in their hours of need, and to have
unyielding trust placed in us, is a privilege few enjoy. Despite the regulations and restrictions that encumber us from multiple sources — the government, insurance companies, drug formularies and EHRs — when the exam room door is closed and we are alone with a patient, it is critical to remember the core tenet of our profession: to ease suffering, to serve others and to offer comfort. We owe nothing Regardless of where less to our teachers, patients, profession and we are in our medical ourselves. Technology careers — student, will advance, payment resident, building a systems and acronyms will come and go, but practice or seeing we and the patients will retirement in our remain. We need them rearview mirror — and as much as they need us, so we should encourage how we feel about the our children to enter current state of health the field of medicine, care, we never should remain engaged and advocate for the lose sight of the gift we profession and our have been given. patients. Time truly does fly, and I hope the next year reminds us all why we chose to enter the field of medicine, and why we should have many precious moments with our colleagues and patients. “To live as a doctor is to live so that one’s life is bound up in others and in science and in the messy complicated connection between the two. It is to live a life of responsibility. The question, then, is not whether one accepts the responsibility. Just by doing the work, one has. The question is, having accepted the responsibility, how one does such work well.”1 1. Gawande, A. “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.” Metropolitan Books, 2007.
Election of New MCMS Officers, Directors and Delegates for 2014 Ballots for the election of MCMS officers, directors and delegates will be sent by e-mail to MCMS members who have an e-mail address on file with the MCMS office. Those who do not have an e-mail address on file will receive a copy by U.S. mail. Return your marked ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail to Mecklenburg County Medical Society, 1112
Harding Place, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28204. If returning by mail, write “BALLOT” on the outside of the envelope. Ballots must be received no later than December 1. Ballots will be counted by an MCMS accountant and teller(s) appointed by the MCMS Board of Directors. Election results will be posted in the January issue of the Mecklenburg Medicine magazine.
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Pills for the Pain
Rx: Recognize the abuse of opioids and stop it … before it kills our kids By Lee McCracken, Contributing Writer A 15-year-old youth football player is rushed to the emergency room during practice, and the immediate suspicion is drugs. The coach tells the doctor he found a baggie of Percocet in his player’s gym bag. Dealing with neck pain, the teen had copped a few from his grandfather, who sang its praises for helping him cope with chronic back pain. Neither the ER physician nor the coach knows the boy downed two Red Bulls before practice. The college junior is stressed over exams. She goes to a party to take a break from studying and someone passes her a “zanie” bar — the pop term for benzodiazepine, which students are stealing from their parents’ medicine cabinets to get a quick high. The euphoric feeling she gets from the Xanax disappears too fast, and she wants another. Within a month, she’s taking three or four pills a day and soon becomes addicted.
ike most teens and young adults, these users were unaware of the dangers associated with the pills they were popping. The idea of addiction, withdrawal or even overdose never crossed their mind … because they believed that stuff only happens to druggies who shoot-up heroin. Pills that are prescribed by doctors, they assumed, must be safe. “The number of prescriptions for narcotics has skyrocketed in the last decade, and the medications are getting into the wrong hands,” says J.P. McBryde, MD, faculty at Carolinas Medical Center and professor of Emergency J.P. McBryde, MD Medicine. “It’s time to recognize the problem and understand the part we play in it.”
Lethal drug overdoses are a serious problem. Nationally, fatalities from drug poisoning (which have tripled over the past 10 years) now are the primary cause of accidental deaths — even exceeding deaths from auto accidents —according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here, the N.C. Division of Public Health reports that more than 1,000 people now die from prescription drug overdose each year. Our State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit has seen a 400 percent increase in prescription drug-related cases over a five-year period. The June issue of the N.C. Medical Journal addressed the issue in “Challenges of Chronic Pain Management: Public Health Consequences and Considered Responses” by James W. Finch, MD. The article reported that, in 2010,
some 16,000 overdose deaths were attributed to prescription opioids, while only 2,000 were related to heroin. And other controlled medications also have potentially serious overdose risks. There were nearly 400,000 emergency department visits and about 6,000 overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines in 2010, according to the article. What’s worse? Prescription drugs are the second Physicians are encouraged to: most-abused drug nationwide among 1. Read and educate themselves young people ages about the abuse and diversion of 12-17. Nearly 9 controlled substances. million teens report 2. Recognize there is a problem. they can get pills 3. Determine to be part of the illicitly within one solution and talk with patients. day, and 5 million 4. Consider writing for a small say they can find the number of tablets with no refills. source of a fast high 5. Use the N.C. Controlled (or low) within an Substances database as a hour, according to the responsible prescriber. National Center on Addiction and Drug Use at Columbia University. “We’ve essentially legalized heroin by putting it in pill form,” says McBryde. “Many physicians just don’t understand, or believe, that kids are getting their hands on the prescriptions we write.” While treating chronic pain in adults is crucial, the abundance of significant narcotic prescription medications in today’s society — in homes, offices, schools and on the street — is chilling. “The pill culture is killing people,” believes McBryde.
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Pause Before You Prescribe
Sid Fletcher, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, agrees the problem is extensive. “(Physicians) are dealing with the increasing demand for narcotics on many levels. We have been told we under treat pain by many national organizations, and patients and their families increasingly have become consumers.” Fletcher adds, “People don’t think over-theSid Fletcher, MD counter medications are adequate, but for many conditions, Motrin and Tylenol may be entirely adequate.”
More Harm Than Good?
Reflecting on the multitude of prescriptions written for anxiety and stress, McBryde says many people don’t realize these medications can get into the wrong hands. McBryde and Fletcher strongly advise family medicine practitioners to talk to their patients. Parents and grandparents need to understand the responsibility they have when there are bottles of pills in the house. “They need to be locked up, and must be discarded when the patient isn’t using them any longer,” says Fletcher. Obviously, children and teens aren’t the only culprits. Housekeepers, cleaning services and home repair/remodeling experts — anyone who is inside the home — cannot be allowed access to medications that are left out in plain sight, or even inside a cabinet or drawer. “I have talked to many people who say they forgot about their pain medicine, then hurt themselves and went looking, only to find the bottle was mysteriously missing,” explains Fletcher. But a physicians’ time is valuable and way too limited these days. The idea of taking an extra five minutes to talk with patients about the dangers of the pills being prescribed, as well as how to store their medication and keep track of it, might not seem feasible on an everyday basis. “We MUST make the time,” says McBryde. “Otherwise, we’re not helping our patients; we potentially could be hurting them.” Noting the 7 million people across the country who are taking Loratab, McBryde says that’s a heavy burden, but one all physicians sign up for when they take their oath. Educating patients about the risk of addiction also is important. “We know that many people who take narcotics — even for a short time — may become addicted,” says Fletcher. “And this is different than what most consider the sinister drugs … after all, these are PRESCRIBED by a doctor!” While most people are thankful to walk out of their doctor’s office with a slip of paper that promises to provide relief, they don’t understand the pills often pack a lot of power. “The problem is, these prescriptions can be very harmful, and patients can die taking them,” says Fletcher.
The ABCs of Bennies The lack of understanding about the potential hazards of prescription medications among children and teens must be addressed within families and on school campuses. “This is a public health issue, and it must be recognized,” says McBryde. Not only are students using and abusing pharmaceuticals, they’re also enticed to get in on the action of selling them. Bringing grandma’s Xanax to school is easy cash when the latest “gotta-have-it” gadget is in everyone else’s backpack. “It’s a massive problem,” adds McBryde. “I’m hoping we, as members of the Medical Society, can mobilize forces to start a dialog and tackle the issue.” we know how many, and where, patients may have gotten other prescriptions,” says Fletcher. “We have a guideline now for how we treat chronic pain with narcotics. This has helped, but is difficult at times. These patients often are very resource intensive.” Both Fletcher and McBryde say that when they do write a script for painkillers, it is for a very limited number. Yet, diversion still happens. “We have had numerous times DEAs have then been forged later for high doses or higher volumes,” says Fletcher. “It’s a very undercover issue,” he adds. “The markup is enormous — a 50-cent hydrocodone goes for $5 or more on the street to a non-pharmaceutical salesman!” Dealing with pill-shoppers in the emergency department is a delicate issue, according to McBryde. “The ER is not the place to treat chronic pain,” he says. “It’s difficult to confront the high-resource user in our department, because things can become tense.” The results of Patient Satisfaction Surveys are monitored closely by hospital administration, so physicians can feel trapped. The CDC has called the misuse and abuse of prescription controlled substances an epidemic. The North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System is helping. As of June, according to the NCMS, more than 100 million prescription records are in the system, with some 18 million new prescriptions being added each year. Yet, the NCMS also reported that, as of March, only 30 percent of all prescribers and about 2,500 dispensers were registered to use the online system. “Every physician must use the database responsibly as a prescriber,” says McBryde. “It’s our duty — not just to our patients, but also to their families and the community as a whole.”
The diversion of prescription pain meds also is increasing. Emergency medicine docs see it firsthand. The number of pill-shoppers is significant, and it continues to rise. “We use the N.C. Controlled Substance Database to ensure
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Child Health Committee Promotes Healthy Snacks for Regional Athletes By Anne Walker, MD, Novant Health Walker Pediatrics
ime and time again, we see young athletes finish a game and before they can even reach the parking lot, they have enjoyed a sugar-, fat-, and calorieladen snack that has overshot all the calories expended in their game or match. Parents get multiple individual packets of chips and think that a sugar-sweetened sports beverage may be important for the (myth of) “lost electrolytes” that we have been taught to believe are needed after vigorous play. The marketing of so-called sports drinks is intense and manipulative, targeted at young children and teens not savvy enough to guess how little good these serve. Perhaps we need to re-visit this all-too-common event to see if there might be a better way. Over the last few months, the Mecklenburg County Medical Society’s Child Health Committee has composed a Healthy Snack letter that will be distributed widely to the coaches and athletic associations that serve the youth of our area. WATER is the best hydration before, during and after exercise. If a snack is to be offered after a game or event, it should be healthy. The following letter is a good resource to distribute to any athletic association or youth group in which MCMS
members, Alliance members or our children are playing. The main principle is to reduce total calories, and perhaps introduce our young athletes to something new and fresh that many may never have tasted before. Try some cherry tomatoes, bok choy, or Asian pears — there are many crisp alternatives that your striker might try eating just because the goalie says it is delicious! The letter will be available online at meckmed.org. You can contact Stephanie Smith at email@example.com for a printable copy. The Child Health Committee plans to distribute the letter to many area youth athletic associations with the goal of encouraging parents of athletes to re-think what makes a good snack for their children. Here’s to your best health! Anne Walker, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician at Novant Health Walker Pediatrics practicing General Pediatrics, Adolescent and International Adoption medicine in Midtown Charlotte. She serves watermelon and bok choy to athletes around the county on soccer and baseball teams of her children Tom, 14, John, 13, and Yelena, 12.
“I served new and interesting fresh veggies and string cheese to the parents of our swim team, working as lane judges and timers — a real departure from the previous years’ fare of soft drinks and candy bars. Even the lifeguards raved about the ice-cold baby carrots, broccolini and pretzel rods they enjoyed while working their lengthy shifts. Now, even the adults are planning to “top that” with fresh fruit skewers, etc. We are becoming competitively healthy, which is also FUN!” — Anne Walker, MD
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Mecklenburg County Medical Society 1112 Harding Place, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28204 RE: HEALTHY SNACKS Dear Athletic Association Directors, Coaches and Parents, Thank you for always being eager to improve the health of our
student-athletes. The primary concern for young recreational athletes is to preven t dehydration during vigorous play. PLAIN WATER is the drink of choice for all athletes and should not only be given PRIOR to exercise, but be readily available during participation. Sugarsweetened sports beverages have NO role in athletics and may provide calories that overshoot those expen ded during exercise. Consider eliminating a snack during or after play for the followi ng reasons: • Electrolytes lost during exercise will be replenished at the next meal or with any snack. • Snacks, including juices or sports drinks, frequently balanc e out or exceed the calories an athlete • has just “burned.” If you do plan to offer a group snack, consider selecting a HEALT HY snack from the suggestions below: DRINK: WATER is best! CHOOSE: Fresh fruits - oranges, grapes, watermelon slices, apples, bananas Vegetables - carrots, celery, bok choy, cherry tomatoes Raisins, dried apricots Low-fat dairy, such as string cheese Plain popcorn Baked chips or whole-grain crackers (limit portions) Low-fat granola bars AVOID: 100% fruit juices (empty sugar calories) Sugar-sweetened sports drinks Sugar-containing soft drinks High-fat chips, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, candy Energy bars (which are often full of sugar, caffein e and/or fat) If your team offers a snack, please plan these so they also enhan ce your athletes’ health! Working with the community to improve the health of our youth,
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MMAE Membership— It’s For All Spouses of Physicians If you are new to the Charlotte medical community, let me introduce the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE). We are physicians’ spouses and community friends dedicated to promoting a healthier Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Through our Endowment, grants are given to agencies each year that fulfill this mission. We invite you to join us! Visit www.mmaeonline.com for more information about us and for a membership form.
— Gretchen Allen President, MMAE
Community Health Luncheon — ONE MOM’S STORY Thursday, Feb. 20 Myers Park Methodist Church | 1501 Queens Rd
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Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment Grant Applications for 2014
The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment will begin the process of receiving grant applications on January 3, 2014. The application period will be open until February 14, 2014. MMAE’s mission is to advocate for a healthier Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Since 1982, when we established our non-profit 501(c)(3), we have granted more than $1 million to projects that improve the health and quality of life of the people in our community. Only applications that promote healthrelated charitable, scientific and educational needs in Mecklenburg County will be considered. Visit www.mmaeonline.com for more information about application guidelines and the deadline for applying. — Linda Kramer, Vice President, Grants and Disbursements
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Giving Thanks By Katie Benston, Chief Program Officer, Care Ring
his Thanksgiving and all through the year, Care Ring thanks the 1,600 physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists and allied health professionals who volunteer their time and clinical expertise to see uninsured patients through Physicians Reach Out. We are so grateful for your tremendous contribution to ensure we have a stronger, healthier community. Thank you.
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Carolina Digestive Health Associates Carolina Neurological Clinic Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates Carolina Skin Surgery Center Carolina Surgical Clinic of Charlotte Carolinas Hematology-Oncology Associates Carolinas Rehabilitation Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Charlotte Dermatology Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology Charlotte Medical Clinic Charlotte OB/GYN Associates Charlotte Ophthalmology Clinic Charlotte Radiology Charlotte Skin & Laser Diabetic Education Center Donald Fraser, MD, Dermatology Eastover OB/GYN Associates Excel Sleep Center Levine Cancer Institute Matthews Foot Care Matthews Physical Therapy McKay Urology Mecklenburg Dermatology Associates Mecklenburg Medical Group Mecklenburg Radiology Associates Metrolina Nephrology Associates MMG Cardiology NorthCross OB/GYN Northlake Dermatology Novant Health Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Novant Health Bradford Clinic Novant Health Charlotte C & R Surgery Associates Novant Health Dermatology South Novant Health Diabetes Resource Center Novant Health Endocrinology & Osteoporosis Consultants Novant Health Gynecologic Oncology Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute Novant Health Heart & Wellness Novant Health Huntersville OB/GYN Novant Health Imaging
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Member News Upcoming Meetings & Events Meetings are at the MCMS office unless otherwise noted.
Charlotte AHEC Course Offerings
Charlotte AHEC is part of the N.C. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and Carolinas HealthCare System.
NOVEMBER 2013 Continuing Medical Education (CME) 11/1 – 11/2 How to Treat IBS Effectively: Expert Update for Health Professionals 11/1 – 11/3 The Pain Society of the Carolinas Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions 2013 11/7 – 11/9 7th Annual Huntington Disease Clinical Research Symposium (HDCRS) Management of Neurocognitive Disorders: The Example of Huntington Disease 11/9 6th Annual Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Anti-Coagulation Conference 11/9 – 11/10 North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine (NCASM) Annual Meeting 2013 11/15 Carolinas Medical Center’s 7th Annual Liver Conference 11/18 Skills for Building Relationship and Enhancing Communication in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment
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For more information or to register for these courses, call 704-512-6523 or visit www.charlotteahec.org.
Monday, Nov. 4 MCMS Executive Committee meeting. 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 Charlotte Medical Society Gala. Charlotte Marriott Hotel. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 MedLink meeting. 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 Charlotte Pediatric Society Membership and Elections meeting. The Duke Mansion. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 MCMS President’s Dinner and Board meeting. Myers Park Country Club. 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 Child Health Committee meeting. 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 MMAE Board meeting. 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 CAMGM. Myers Park Baptist Church Cornwell Center. Noon. Friday, Nov. 22 January magazine deadline. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday — MCMS office closed.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 AAFP Quarterly meeting. Speaker, Topic and Location TBD. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 MedLink meeting. 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 Charlotte Medical Society meeting. Location TBD. Thursday, Dec. 19 CAMGM Holiday Party. Location TBD. 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 February magazine deadline. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 23-25 Christmas Holiday — MCMS office closed.
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New Members Catherine E. Dodds, MD Internal Medicine Novant Health First Charlotte Physicians 1401 Matthews Township Pkwy. #200 Matthews, NC 28105 704-384-6901 Columbia University College of Physicians, 2010
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Crystal D. Katz, MD *Anesthesiology Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants 927 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 704-377-5772 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1991 Anayah Sarkar, MD Pediatrics Lincoln Pediatrics 113 Doctors Park Lincolnton, NC 28092 704-735-1441 Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, 2010 Peter O. Simon, Jr., MD Diagnostic Radiology; Vascular & Interventional Radiology Charlotte Radiology 1701 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 704-334-7800 University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2004
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ANNOUNCEMENTS V. Sagar Sethi, MD, PhD, has four videos on You Tube that went live on his website www.standardizingpsychiatriccare.com. These videos present a model for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, not only for psychiatrists but also for primary care physicians and other doctors who prescribe psychiatric medicines. Because of the poor concordance of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness among physicians, these videos are very timely. Also, the V. Sagar Sethi, MD, Mental Health Research Award was presented this year at the Annual Meeting of the N.C. Psychiatric Society in Asheville on September 21 to Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD. Dr. Sethi is with Carmel Psychiatric Associates at 7301 Carmel Executive Park, Suite 200.
Welcome New Residents for 2013 Emergency Medicine
Sandra Beverly Bryon Callahan Jessica Goldonowicz Benjamin Graboyes Patrick Jackson Lindsey Jannach Angela Johnson Christina Kopriva Carey Nichols Joshua Robertson Gregory Thacker Kathryn West Liping Yang Kevin Yavorcik Family Medicine
Jason Boothe Shamille Hariharan Sean Johnson Douglas Meardon Robyn Monckton Ernestina Nyarko Carly Ragland Laura Stamm Mackenzie Tuzzolo
Nicole Ascanio Jonathan Bouchez William Daniel Matthew Jepson Russell Kirks Patrick Lorimer Internal Medicine
Vaughn Braxton Marc Cillo Charles Darragh Julie DeCoster Stesha Doku Madeline Elliott James Fitts Todd Gandy Patrick Gill Priscilla Givens Sara Glance Ruchi Jain James Lagrew Mary McClanahan Tyler McKinnon Sagar Patel Claire Presswood Patrick Proctor Brittany Venci
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Drew Benac Laura Ecklund Chancy Gulotta Courtney Moynihan Aishwarya Reddy Kathryn Webb Orthopaedic Surgery
Christopher Adair Daniel McClure Sarah Pierrie George Vestermark Pediatrics
Maria Barbian Christopher Blunden Candice Castellino Jessica Daniels Elizabeth Diaz Daniel Donner Alison Edge David Milbourn Tiji Philip Corinne Watson Sarah Welch Kathryn Winn
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Navigators Offer Free Guidance on Health Insurance Marketplace
With enrollment in the health insurance marketplace now open, local Navigator organizations are offering free guidance to Mecklenburg County residents looking to obtain health insurance. Nonprofits Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, NC MedAssist and C.W. Williams Community Health Center are providing free, unbiased advice to the residents of Mecklenburg County, helping families and individuals choose plans that are best for them within the health insurance marketplace implemented under the Affordable Care Act. The federally-certified Navigators are extensively trained in the insurance plan options offered by the marketplace and in cost-sharing reductions and premium tax credits eligibility that will help individuals and families better afford their health insurance. Enrollment is open until March 31, 2014, and for those who enroll before December 15, coverage will begin January 1, 2014. To schedule an appointment with a local Navigator, contact Legal Services of Southern Piedmont at 704-376-1600, NC MedAssist at 704-536-1790 or C.W. Williams at 704-405-9510. A statewide appointment hotline is available at 1-855-733-3711.
A special thank you to Nordstrom, Foundation for the Carolinas, Erica Bryant, Best Impressions Caterers, Extravaganza, Little Dreamer Productions, US Airways, Doncaster Charlotte, Rebecca Simmons of Advocare, and all of our Silent Auction donors, for making this a very successful event! Look for more details and photos from this October 1 event benefitting the Domestic Violence Shelter in the January issue of Mecklenburg Medicine.
Volunteer Opportunities Care Ring is seeking volunteer providers for its clinic. Physicians or mid-level providers can see patients for four-hour shifts, morning or afternoons, Monday-Friday. Our patient profile is typically someone working a low or modest wage job without health insurance. Besides school/ work physicals and sick visits, we see many patients for chronic disease maintenance. If interested, contact Katie Benston, Chief Program Officer at Care Ring, at 704-248-3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The following volunteers are needed for Matthews Free Medical Clinic: Medical Providers, RN’s, Matthews Free Medical Clinic Office/Admin/Reception, Pharmacists and Translators. Matthews Free Medical Clinic provides quality health care to low-income, uninsured people in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. Contact Amy Carr at 704-841-8882, ext. 25 or acarr@ matthewsfmc.org.
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has extra 4 exam rooms to ren t — sharing waiting room — $2,750 per mon th, all inclusive. There is a ready-to-use fluorosc ope (digital) available for $500 a month. Contact Chris Le at 704-806-619 7 or email@example.com.
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At the Hospitals
New Iris-Scanning Cameras Provide Additional Layer of Safety for Patients Novant Health has a new patient identification technology: the iris camera. The iris camera reinforces patient safety by preventing duplicate medical records and limiting the threat of medical identity theft at the point of care. Iris recognition cameras are part of M2SYS Technology’s RightPatient™ Biometric Patient Identification System that takes digital photographs of the patient’s iris and face. The photographs link to a patient’s profile in Dimensions, the Novant Health electronic health record. The cameras are installed at patient registration areas in acute care facilities. “This recognition technology will become a part of the seamless experience that patients will encounter with Dimensions Acute Carefrom check-in to discharge and follow-up,” says Sheila Moore, Dimensions Acute Care program director. Installed at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in July, this technology will be introduced at other Novant Health medical centers, as well. When patients check in at any Novant Health acute care facility, their photos will be taken with the iris camera. If they previously enrolled in the program, the camera will recognize them based on their individual iris pattern. Patients will learn about the technology at check-in and can choose not to have their photo taken if they are uncomfortable for any reason. Novant Health registration teams are receiving special education so they can address any patient concerns and explain how the new device will help protect patient identity. The camera requires no physical contact with patients, and there is no light or laser involved. It can be used on pediatric patients, as well. n n
Da Vinci Single Incision Gallbladder Removal: Safer, Easier and n Cosmetically Attractive Surgeons at the Novant Health Robotics Center began performing single incision laparoscopic robotic cholecystectomies in March. An appealing benefit for patients is the hidden entry through the umbilical area
or a curving incision below the belly button. After the incision heals and scars, it virtually is invisible, compared with the traditional laparoscopic approach, which requires three to four entry ports, including the upper abdomen area. More traditional single site laparoscopic cholecystectomies have been around for years but are being phased out because they require cross-handed detail work by the surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System makes the procedure easier for surgeons and safer for patients because it features EndoWrist instruments, which provide a greater range of motion than the human wrist and more intuitive and precise movements. Also, the da Vinci system significantly enhances a surgeon’s vision with its high-definition, magnified 3D capabilities. Familiarity with the da Vinci Surgical System will make it easier for surgeons to give once difficult laparoscopic cases the ease of an open case but with a minimally invasive robotic approach. To learn more, visit www.NovantHealth.org and search for robotic surgery. Novant Health Launches Discharge Program for Patients Novant Health patients discharged from Presbyterian Medical Center and Forsyth Medical Center now experience a simpler transition from the hospital thanks to Ready At Home. The program’s team coordinates details around a patient’s discharge and at-home medications. If patients need medications or other healthcare supplies, the team’s transition specialists provide affordable solutions. Since discharge medications and supplies are not included in the hospital bill, Ready At Home helps make sure they are properly processed by the insurer. Nearly half of all Americans never fill their prescriptions, fill them but never take the drug, or don’t take the full dose. Ready At Home is addressing that problem. The program will be expanded to other Novant Health facilities in the future. n n
Novant Health Matthews Medical Center Opens Wellness Center Novant Health Matthews Medical Center recently opened a wellness center that offers comprehensive cancer, cardiac, vascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. Patients benefit from receiving a personalized prescription for n n
supervised group exercise, nutrition therapy and social support. For more information about Novant Health rehabilitation programs, call 704-316-3990. Survivor Education Series Addresses Issues During and After n Cancer Treatment Novant Health Cancer Care has launched a survivor education series to address the challenges survivors face both during and after cancer treatment. Fall 2013 topics include Cancer 101, Fear of Recurrence and Exercise and Symptom Management, with new programs being offered every quarter. To make attendance as easy as possible on patients and families, programs are offered in Charlotte, Huntersville and Matthews, and always are free of charge. Visit novanthealth.org/cancercalendar or call 704-384-4400 to register or learn more. n n
Novant Health Leaders Earn State and National Recognition Janet Smith-Hill, senior vice president of human resources at Novant Health, has been named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s list of “Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders.” Leaders are recognized for contributions within their companies and communities. Diversity MBA supports business diversity by advancing understanding, validating best practices and rewarding leadership. Honorees are featured in Diversity MBA Magazine’s summer 2013 issue. Amy Vance, senior vice president and COO at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, recently was named North Carolina Nurses Association Administration Nurse of the Year. Nurse administrators are selected for the award based on their use of innovative management strategies, excellence in leadership, ability to serve as a role model and positive impact on the work setting. She was honored at the NCNA’s awards luncheon at the organization’s annual convention on October 2 and was featured in the October-December issue of Tar Heel Nurse. Pat Campbell, vice president of women’s and children’s services in the Novant Health greater Charlotte market, recently was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Nursing and its board of directors. The North Carolina General Assembly makes these appointments. n n
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At the Hospitals
Charles Bridges, MD, and Anthony Fargnoli, MS, to Present Abstract n on New Needleless Heart Failure n Procedure An abstract submitted by researchers at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute was presented at the 2013 Heart Failure Society of America Conference in September as one of five finalists of more than 200 submitted abstracts for the Jay N. Cohn Young Investigator Award in Basic Science. The abstract presents a novel needleless liquid jet injection method used to treat heart failure patients as an alternative to the needle injection procedure. Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and Anthony Fargnoli, MS, research manager of the molecular and cellular cardiac surgery research group, authored the abstract, which demonstrates the benefits of using a liquid jet injection versus a needle injection. This innovative procedure would allow patients in cardiac gene and stem cell therapy trials to receive gene and cell therapy without experiencing an injection directly into the heart. Carolinas HealthCare System is leading the development of needleless liquid jet injection systems. Dr. Bridges and Fargnoli are inventors of a needleless system to allow for global administration of genes or stem cells to the heart of patients with heart failure, for which a U.S. patent is pending. n n
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology that treats urogynecological conditions, such as incontinence and pelvic prolapse. This subspecialty just obtained approval to offer board certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2012, and in June of this year, Drs. Stepp, Kennelly and Taylor successfully passed the national exam the first time it was offered.
Levine Cancer Institute to Expand Hematology Oncology Program n Next Year Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute is expanding its Hematology Oncology program and building a new hematologic malignancies unit to provide patients with aggressive types of blood cancer access to more comprehensive treatment options. The unit will open in January 2014 and will be the first of its kind designed to treat adult blood and marrow transplant patients in the greater Charlotte region. The unit will provide a protected environment for transplant patients and will include 16 specialized beds, an apheresis unit for the collection of donor cells for patients and a unique cell processing lab. The program’s expansion also will support the development of new research at the Institute. By the end of this year, Institute physicians expect to begin enrolling patients in at least four new clinical trials. Edward Copelan, MD, chairman of the Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders at the Institute, is overseeing the expansion. Dr. Copelan was recruited from Cleveland Clinic in 2012 and has made significant impacts in advancing research throughout the n Carolinas HealthCare System Hematology Oncology community. He n Physicians Among First in and Belinda Avalos, MD, vice-chair n World to Become Board-Certified of the Department of Hematology n Urogynecologists Oncology and Blood Disorders, recently Kevin Stepp, MD, Michael Kennelly, had a study accepted by Blood, a leading MD, and Bernard Taylor, MD, from hematology oncology medical journal, Carolinas HealthCare System, are among which demonstrates the efficacy of a the first physicians in the world to new, less-invasive treatment option for become board-certified urogynecologists, patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. specializing in Female Pelvic Medicine and Under Dr. Copelan’s leadership, the Reconstructive Surgery as recognized by Institute’s Leukemia, Lymphoma the American Board of Medical Specialties. and Multiple Myeloma programs n n
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are managed by newly recruited and nationally renowned physicians. Saad Usmani, MD, FACP, is director of the Plasma Cell Disorders program and director of Clinical Research in Hematologic Malignancies. Dr. Usmani was recruited to the Institute from the University of Arkansas. Jonathan Gerber, MD, is director of the Leukemia program and was recruited from Johns Hopkins University. Michael Grunwald, MD, recently joined the Hematologic Malignancies and Blood Disorders Faculty and was recruited from Johns Hopkins University. Omotayo Fasan, MD, is director of Apheresis and was recruited from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Alegria joins Carolinas HealthCare System as Charlotte’s n First Adult Congenital Heart n Disease Physician Jorge R. Alegria, MD, joined Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in September. Dr. Alegria is the first formally trained adult congenital heart disease physician in Charlotte and is one of only some 60 adult congenital heart disease specialists in the nation. Over the past few decades, advances in surgical treatments have resulted in an increasing number of children with complex congenital heart disease surviving into adulthood, creating a need for specialists who can treat the condition in adults. Dr. Alegria will work closely with physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital to develop a transition program for all congenital heart disease patients once they reach 16 years old. The program will help these patients manage their condition as they grow, and supplement care from primary care physicians and cardiologists. Prior to joining Sanger, Dr. Alegria practiced at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dr. Alegria received his medical degree in Concepcion, Chile, and later completed his residency in Internal Medicine, along with fellowships in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases and Adult Congenital Heart Disease, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. n n
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