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Bulletin Saginaw County Medical Society June/July 2017 Volume 85, No 8

The Future of Medicine in Saginaw County September 19th Meeting on Physician Resiliency p. 5

May Annual Meeting p. 16-20

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Foundation Giving on the Green Charity Golf Outing p. 12-14

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SAGINAW COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY 2017-2018 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS President Julia M. Walter, MD President-Elect Zubeda S. Khan, MD

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Past President Virginia R. Dedicatoria, MD Secretary Sanjay J. Talati, MD Treasurer Thomas J. Veverka, MD Board of Directors B.L. Nahata, MD Mildred J. Willy, MD Gopi K. Nallani, MD Anthony M. Zacharek, MD Maliha N. Shaikh, MD Jorge M. Plasencia, MD Bulletin Editor Louis L. Constan, MD Retiree Representative Larry S. Kelly, MD Resident Representative Abhishek A. Bhandiwad, MD

B.L. Nahata, MD Zubeda S. Khan, MD Sanjay J. Talati, MD Julia M. Walter, MD Virginia R. Dedicatoria, MD

Membership 16-19 May Meeting

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Foundation Giving on the Green Charity Golf Outing



President’s Letter


From the Editor


July Birthdays


Alliance News


August Birthdays


MSMS Delegates Elvira M. Dawis, MD

September 19th Meeting on Physician Resiliency

Member News


MiMGMA Fall Conference

Covenant HealthCare


In Memory


St. Mary’s of Michigan


MSMS Foundation Regional Scientific Meeting


Advertiser Index


Key Providers

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Mildred J. Willy, MD MSMS Alternate Delegates Waheed Akbar, MD


CMU CoM Multidisciplinary Regional Grand Rounds

Mohammad Yahya Khan, MD

Caroline G.M. Scott, MD

Michigan’s Opioid Epidemic: A Regional Forum


Saginaw Delegates Attend MSMS HOD

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CMU OCME Human Trafficking Awareness Training – FREE!

ON THE COVER: Brad Demijohn, Taylor Boehler and Josh Donkin at SCMS District Director’s Briefing in April prior to the MSMS HOD

Gopi K. Nallani, MD Anthony M. Zacharek, MD Steven J. Vance, MD J. Patricia Dhar, MD Danielle C. Duncan, MD Jorge M. Plasencia, MD Christopher J. Allen, MD

EDITOR Louis L. Constan, MD

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All statements or comments in the Bulletin are those of the writers, and not necessarily the opinion of the Saginaw County Medical Society. Contributions are welcome. We publish committee reports, letters to the editor, Alliance reports, public health activities of the members, and some personal items (birthdays, weddings, graduations and like events). The Editor determines which are accepted. Advertisements are accepted as space is available at our going rates. Members may advertise office information, professional services, skills, and procedures, also at our going rates. We do not accept advertisements from nonmembers, or non-Saginaw hospitals. The Bulletin is mailed free of charge to SCMS members as part of their membership. Complimentary copies are sent to various other parties. Others may subscribe at the rate of $50 per year.

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Julia M. Walter, MD Installed as 111th President By Julia M. Walter, MD Executive Director’s Note: Julia M. Walter MD, an Ob-Gyn with Valley Ob-Gyn Clinic, PC, was installed as the 111th President of the Saginaw County Medical Society at the Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Annual Membership Meeting. Following is Dr. Walter’s Inaugural Address:


am honored to have this privilege of serving as President of the Saginaw County Medical Society for the next year. As a Delegate for the SCMS, I recently attended the 2017 Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates in Grand Rapids. Resolutions were presented on a wide range of topics including reimbursement, maintenance of certification, behavioral health, prior authorizations and opioid abuse. Testimony was presented on the resolutions, some of which were voted for approval as policy, or referred to committees for further research. Several resolutions focused on opioid abuse, and one was passed that would work towards including the VA and methadone clinics in the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

Another resolution acknowledged increased prior authorizations can delay patient access to medically indicated care, and increase costs due to increased physician and administrative work. The resolution was passed to work with the legislature to address patient care issues associated with prior authorizations. Thirteen of our CMU medical students attended the House of Delegates, and prepared and presented several resolutions which were approved. Two CMU students were elected to the student leadership section. An important topic of discussion was the need for change in our organization at the state and local level due to: • The accelerated pace of change among the physician community with more regulation, more sources of information and different personal priorities;

• Increased professional diversity including practice settings, time and finances; and • Market consolidation and the sub specialization of health care. Together, we need to work to be more relevant to our members, recruit new and younger physician leaders, and be able to articulate the value of the Saginaw County Medical Society. ••• After her inaugural address, Dr. Walter asked how many of those attending the meeting had heard of Second Victim. Very few hands were raised. Dr. Walter noted her goal during her presidency was to increase awareness and resources for Second Victims.

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Together, we need to work to be more relevant to our members, recruit new and younger physician leaders, and be able to articulate the value of the Saginaw County Medical Society. Julia M. Walter, MD


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continued from page 4 About Second Victims Most health care providers adjust well to the multitude of demands encountered during an unexpected or traumatic clinical event. Providers often have strong emotional defenses that carry them through and let them “get the job done.” Yet sometimes the emotional aftershock (or stress reaction) can be difficult. Signs and symptoms of this emotional aftershock may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months or longer. Who is a Second Victim? Second Victims are “healthcare providers who are involved in an unanticipated adverse patient event, medical error and/or a patient related injury and become victimized in the sense that the provider is traumatized by the event.” The Second Victim phenomenon can occur to any healthcare provider, in any organization. Frequently, Second Victims… • Feel personally responsible for the unexpected patient outcomes;

Second Victim Fast Facts • Each Second Victim (even those involved in the same event) will have unique experiences and needs. • Regardless of job title, providers respond in predictable manners. The six stages of Second Victim recovery explain how the Second Victim is impacted by the clinical event. • There are some events that are high risk for inducing a Second Victim response. • The first tendency of providers is self-isolation. • Providers tend to ‘worry’ in a predictable pattern. • Sometimes the entire team is impacted by a clinical event. Source: Information on upcoming educational programs on Second Victims will be published in future issues of The Bulletin.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Membership Meeting

Physician Resiliency SAVE THE DATE!

Feel as though they have failed the patient; Second-guess their clinical skills; and Second-guess their knowledge base.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Social (cash bar), 7 p.m. dinner, brief meeting and program

Mark your calendar now for our Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Membership Meeting at Horizons Conference Center. Hedy S. Wald PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island will present a program on Physician Resiliency, “The Becoming: Crafting a Story of You for Resilience and Vitality.” Her presentation will be based on her programs "Guiding Professional Identity to Prevent Burnout" and "What's Good in the World of Health Care".

Place: Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State Street, Saginaw Cost:

No cost for SCMS Members and CMU CoM Medical Students

Non-member physicians $100 each All others $60 each

Those who make a reservation and do not attend will be charged a $40 cancellation fee. Invitations will be mailed and emailed late in August, but please mark your calendar now to attend.

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Five Things We Know For Sure By Louis L. Constan, MD


rom “Five things we know for sure,” (Scientific American Nov. 2016), our last issue tackled climate change, specifically the erroneous idea that it is not real and is not a threat to the health of our patients. Today, I’ll discuss another erroneous idea that hurts our patients, the idea that vaccines cause autism. In a perfect world, I would have nothing to discuss… the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of vaccines being so overwhelming. Yet, here we are, with tens of thousands of parents ignoring this evidence and putting their and other’s children at risk of dire health consequences. We might ask, “Why?” But we might also ask, ‘Why Not?” In this crazy world in which we live, patients very often develop erroneous ideas about their health and their healthcare. Example: In 1970, super scientist Linus Pauling (winner of two Nobel Prizes and a media celebrity in his own right), published “Vitamin C and

the Common Cold,” claiming proof that Vitamin C can prevent and cure the common cold and parenthetically also providing proof that even the smartest person can say the stupidest things and tarnish an otherwise pristine scientific reputation. Dr. Pauling will forever be known as the guy who pushed Vitamin C, his many scientific accomplishments largely unknown and ignored. And the worse thing is that his error affects the world even today, 47 years later. You cannot walk into a drug store without seeing bottles of Vitamin C in the cough-and-cold aisle. Doctors know it doesn’t work, pharmacists know it doesn’t work, yet, there it is. Another example: The persistent belief that sugar causes hyperactivity in children. No credible scientific proof, yet the belief is almost universal among American parents. Shark cartilage pills for arthritis, “immune support pills,” vitamins, herbs, diet fad of-the-day. The list goes on and on. I would bet that we could not talk to a non-physician for

30 minutes without them expressing an erroneous idea about healthcare. My point here is that we should not dismiss these erroneous ideas as harmless. A lot of time and money has been wasted because of these bad ideas; they can give patients a false sense of the security that they understand what ails them when they do not; and delaying a consultation with a doctor can cause death and disability. And as the vaccine fiasco has shown us, serious harm may become evident many years after an erroneous idea emerges, when the idea is too entrenched to debunk. Bad ideas do indeed die hard, so it should be no surprise that, since 1998 when Andrew Wakefield published an article in The Lancet, claiming that vaccines cause autism, many patients embraced the idea. And so we see the almost daily headlines of another vaccine-preventable epidemic. That The Lancet was profoundly embarrassed over this (retracting the article after an investigation of fraud), continued on page 7

We might ask, “Why?” But we might also ask, ‘Why Not?” In this crazy world in which we live, patients very often develop erroneous ideas about their health and their healthcare.

Louis L. Constan, MD


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continued from page 6 as was the British Medical Society (stripping Dr. Wakefield of his membership), does not matter to patients who were, by then, fully invested in this ridiculous notion. And so this man’s arrogance and disregard of the facts continues to harm patients after 19 years with no end in sight. It didn’t have to be this way. We let it happen. We were so sure that vaccines were so obviously effective, and as we saw the incidence of those childhood diseases plummet, we let our guard down for almost two decades, during which time parents convinced school boards that they had the right to neglect their children’s healthcare; advocacy groups convinced state legislatures that there was no harm done by letting those parents get their way; and charlatans gave speeches and published articles in parent’s magazines about how doctors and pharmaceutical companies colluded to foist harmful vaccines on vulnerable children in exchange for profits. Well, now we doctors are playing catch-up and we can all be embarrassed. And exhausted. What can we learn from this mess? • We need to accept that erroneous ideas are out there, and we cannot assume that they are harmless. • Because someone advocating an idea is well known (or even a physician) does not mean that the idea is correct, or harmless. • Change is difficult and erroneous ideas can be difficult to dislodge. They require a concerted and sometimes prolonged effort to change. We cannot leave it to others. We physicians can speak with authority where other groups, such as educators and legislators, cannot. • We all have opportunities to speak out against nonscientific notions to our patients, our relatives, and our friends. Next month, I’ll tackle the erroneous idea, even more widely believed, that the cornerstone of modern medicine and medical science, the very knowledge that has enabled us to treat and cure an ever-widening array of medical ailments, is patently wrong. I am talking about Evolution here, and genetics, and the understanding of how the human body works by studying the physiology, genetics, and chemistry of more primitive organisms, FROM WHICH WE EVOLVED. Evolution is real, it is not a theory, and there is no credible alternative. I’ll argue that, when patients accept modern medical treatments, they are tacitly accepting that Evolution is real. Controversial. Yes this is. So, hold onto your hat. Sparks may fly.

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ALLIANCE NEWS Janie Gugino Elected as 91st President of the MSMS Alliance I cannot believe that I am the 91st president of our Michigan State Medical Society Alliance (MSMSA). What an honor to join the ranks of the outstanding women who served before me. What an awesome group of members and friends who are cohesive, dedicated Janie Gugino and loyal. I see those same dedicated members directing time, energy and talents to their causes and the important issues in their own communities. Those issues may be MADD, SAVE, Immunizations, Human Trafficking, Child Obesity or any number of others of importance. We have the desire to make our own communities better, and to make our state and nation better through our efforts. The American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA) cause again this year is the Opioid Epidemic. Any of you who have read Dreamland by Sam Quinones, or heard him speak at the AMAA conference last June, will understand the urgency and need to get this epidemic under control. We may each personally know of a family in our own community who has lost a potentially productive person to drug overdose. The cost to America of losing these people is overwhelming and must be stopped. The only way to do this is by educating

ATTENTION RETIRED MEMBERS! Retired physicians meet for lunch every Wednesday at 12 noon at IHOP, 2255 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw. Those attending are responsible for their own lunch, and the informal gathering lasts about an hour. Join your retired colleagues whenever you like! If you have any questions, please contact Joan Cramer at the SCMS office at 790-3590 or by email at 8

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our people, young and old, to how devastating the problem is. Two of our counties, Kent and Jackson, have already started programs and symposiums. Perhaps the rest of us can plan something of an educational manner in our own counties. We keep legislation as a top priority in MSMSA. We had a very successful meeting with many of our senators and representatives on the Health and Human Services Committees this past February. They did listen to us. A few even took notes. Who knows, we may have turned light bulbs on in heads to get the support for bills or defeat bills. We will stay informed of old and new bills and where MSMSA stands. We have a great program for the North Central District AMAA Conference September 15-17, 2017 in Novi. MSMSA will be hosting this wonderful and educational event. It's not often that it is so close to home and easy to get there. I am so excited to be in this office at this time. I know that working together we will be the strong and influential group of spouses that we have always been. The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) needs our help, support, ideas and actions, as they always have. We are the force that can do that.


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Saginaw Delegates Attend MSMS HOD Six Delegates from the SCMS attended the 152nd Annual MSMS House of Delegates (HOD) May 6-7, 2017, at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids. Thirteen CMU College of Medicine students also attended. The HOD is the official policy-making body of the 15,000+ member Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). Seated as SCMS Delegates were Drs. Elvira M. Dawis, Mohammad Yahya Khan, Zubeda S. Khan, Caroline G.M. Scott, Julia M. Walter and Mildred J. Willy. Dr. Thomas J. Veverka attended as District 8 Director. Dr. Willy chaired Reference Committee B-Legislation and Dr. Veverka served as Board Advisor; Dr. M.Y. Khan served on Reference Committee D-Public Health; CMU M2 Brad Demijohn served on Reference Committee A-Medical Care Delivery; CMU M3 Andrew Shadrach served on Reference Committee D-Public Health; CMU M1 Lindsay Murphy served on the Committee on Credentials and Tellers; and CMU M3 Taylor Boehler served on the Committee on Rules and Order of Business. The Delegates and three CMU CoM students also met with Colin Ford of MSMS at the District Director’s Briefing in Saginaw prior to the HOD to review resolutions to be presented and debated at the HOD. The SCMS gratefully acknowledges the time and energy these members gave in service to their colleagues. Cheryl Gibson Fountain, MD FACOG, a Grosse Pointe Park Ob/Gyn, was installed as the 152nd President of MSMS during the House of Delegates. Betty Chu, MD, MBA, Ob/Gyn, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fountain and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, was elected president-elect and will be installed Dr. Chu as President at the 153rd House of Delegates in 2018. (Photos courtesy of MSMS) If you are interested in the outcome of other resolutions presented at the HOD, please visit, click on “About MSMS” and then “House of Delegates” to review all information or click HERE. 10 The Bulletin | June/July 2017

Top to bottom: CMU Medical Students Brad Demijohn, Taylor Boehler and Josh Donkin at SCMS District Director’s Briefing in April prior to the MSMS HOD Drs. M.Y. and Zubeda Khan Drs. Millie Willy and Tom Veverka, Colin Ford of MSMS and Dr. Caroline Scott Drs. Caroline Scott, Elvira Dawis, Julia Walter, M.Y. Khan and Zubeda Khan

MEMBER NEWS Elvira M. Dawis, MD Receives Award from Covenant HealthCare Partners

Anthony de Bari, MD Announces Retirement

Dear Colleagues and Friends: I am writing this letter to officially Earlier this year, Dr. Dawis and announce my retirement and to thank all of her staff received a Certificate of you for your support over the past 27+ years Achievement for most improved that I have called Saginaw my home. With the quality score from Covenant help of many of you, I was able to establish HealthCare Partners. Congratulations, a very busy orthopaedic surgery practice. I Dr. Dawis and staff! have been privileged to treat thousands of people from the surrounding counties and even further reaches of Michigan. I have been blessed to have so many friends and colleagues that Another Physician have supported me all of these years. I wanted to dispel any in the Barry Family! rumors about my health or my wife Anne’s health as well, as Congratulations to causes of my sudden retirement. We are both very happy and Renee Barry MD, very healthy. daughter of Dr. Ron I have considered “retiring” for a long time, especially and Joanne Barry, who as government intrusion into the practice of medicine has graduated from Michigan gotten so great. There have been more and more frustrations State University College in practicing medicine that have made the practice of of Human Medicine in medicine not so much fun. I had a major “shove” towards May. Her dad, Ron, was retirement this past December, which made my decision honored to participate easier; though still a hard one to make. I am therefore retired in her Hooding Ceremony. Dr. Barry started her General from the practice of orthopaedics at the Center for Advanced Surgery Residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Congratulations, Orthopaedics at Covenant, where I have practiced for the Renee! past six years, but instead will be a part-time physician at the Covenant Wound Center. Henry W. Moon, MD Receives Distinguished As many of you know, I have dedicated much of my time Service Award over the past 13 years in the mission field, working mainly in Africa, and I plan on pursuing that more and more as time allows. Over the past several years I have been involved with the Disaster Assistance Response Team of Samaritan’s Purse, and have most recently been involved in establishing and working in an emergency field hospital in Northern Iraq helping the victims of the war against ISIS. By June of this year, I have made three deployments there, taking care of mainly civilians who are caught in the fight, but also Iraqi military and even ISIS fighters. My last two deployments were as the Medical Director of the hospital, a position that I was The SCDPH annually awards the Richard Calley proud to be selected for. Distinguished Service Award in recognition of an individual, Please know that I cherish the memories I have about organization or business that has made a significant working with all of you and am so very privileged to have been contribution to the advancement of public health in Saginaw able to take a small part in the lives of so many patients that County. This year’s honoree was Henry W. Moon, MD, a have been referred to me. I thank you for the prayers for this contract physician for the SCDPH Family Planning Program. next journey that I will undertake and will pray for all of you. Dr. Moon is a collaborator, with the intention of providing the best care possible for his clients. Congratulations, Dr. God Bless, Moon! Tony de Bari, MD continued on page 15 The Bulletin | June/July 2017 11

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Dr. Baase Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Jeffrey Love Receives Legacy Mentor Award

Catherine M. Baase, MD, renowned expert in global employee health and productivity, received the Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr. Baase, recently retired as Chief Health Officer and Global Director of Health Services for The Dow Chemical Company, was honored on April 23, 2017, at the Opening Session of the College’s annual American Occupational Health Conference in Denver, Colorado. The award, the highest honor in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), is presented annually by ACOEM to an individual whose distinguished career in one or more disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health has contributed to the health and welfare of the world’s workers. ACOEM is an international medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research and education. In presenting the award to Dr. Baase, ACOEM President James Tacci, MD, cited her for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty of OEM. She was recognized for her vision as a proponent of workplace health and wellness, and for her longstanding contributions to the field of health and productivity on a global scale. Congratulations, Dr. Baase!

Jeffrey N. Love, MD, son of Dr. Neil and Phyllis Love, recently received the CORD (Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors) Academy for Scholarship in Education in Emergency Medicine Legacy Mentor Award. Dr. Love is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for Emergency Medicine. He is the Founding Program Director of the Georgetown/Washington Center Emergency Medicine Residency. His area of expertise is faculty development pertaining to education and related scholarship, and he is published in the areas of work-based assessment and program evaluation. He is the Founder of the Medical Education Research Certification (MERC) at CORD Scholar’s Program that trains EM faculty nationally in education research and, more recently, the Teaching Essentials Program for Clinical Faculty at Georgetown. He also serves as the Guest Editor of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine-Education Supplement. Congratulations, Dr. Love!

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The annual meeting of the Saginaw County Medical Society was held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.

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Virginia R. Dedicatoria, MD, President of the Saginaw County Medical Society, called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m. Dr. Dedicatoria welcomed Dean George E. Kikano, MD of the CMU College of Medicine and his guests, and the SCMS Foundation Essay Contest Winners and their parents. Dr. Dedicatoria thanked Key Providers in attendance for their ongoing support of SCMS programs: Barton Woods Assisted Living, Covenant Glen and HealthSource Saginaw. Dr. Dedicatoria conducted the following business of the SCMS: • The minutes of the April 2017 Meeting were attached to the Agenda and published in the April/May Bulletin. MOTION: Accept the April 2017 Meeting Minutes as printed. MOTION APPROVED. • The following new members were introduced: Abhishek A. Bhandiwad, MD – CMU Health, Internal Medicine Resident and new Resident Representative to the Board; Andrew S. Goodrich, DO – CMU Health, Emergency Medicine Resident; and Zeina Habib, MD - CMU Health, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. • Dr. Dedicatoria installed Julia M. Walter, MD, as the new SCMS President and presented her with the President’s medallion. Dr. Walter then gave her presidential address. During her address, she asked members if anyone had heard of “Second Victim.” Few hands were raised. Dr. Walter described Second

May 2017 Meeting Minutes Right Luke Hart and Stephanie Iken Dr. Julia Walter presents Dr. Virginia Dedicatoria with a presidential plaque Abigail and Dr. Russell Struble with Dr. Mark and Lois Greenwell

Left Beth, Nora and Dr. Steve Fettinger with Drs. M.Y. and Zubeda Khan Right Chris Smith and Emily French Dr. Ronald, Michelle and Lauren Gonzales

Victim, and said her goal during her presidency was to raise awareness and resources for professionals who are Second Victims. • Dr. Walter then awarded a plaque to Dr. Dedicatoria thanking her for her leadership service to the SCMS. Dr. Walter took over the meeting as President. • Dr. Walter welcomed Danielle C. Duncan, MD, Chair of the Nominating Committee to the podium. Dr. Duncan presented the Slate of Officers for 2017-2018. There were no nominations from the floor. MOTION: Accept the Slate as presented by the Nominating Committee for 2017-2018. MOTION APPROVED. • Members were advised that AMA ACCME comments were being accepted through May 25, 2017, on the proposal by the AMA and ACCME to simplify and align their expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. • MSMS is seeking members to serve on various committees. Members who were interested in serving were asked to contact Joan Cramer. • The SCMS annual meeting was adjourned. Dr. Walter called Matthew D. Deibel, MD, SCMS Foundation President, to the podium. Dr. Deibel called to order the Annual Meeting of the SCMS Foundation. He explained the SCMS Foundation was

founded in 1968 by SCMS members, and is the charitable entity of the SCMS. All SCMS members are members of the Foundation which: • Provides low interest loans to medical students with ties to Saginaw, with a maximum of $20,000 in loans available during medical school; • Forgives loan interest if the recipient returns to Saginaw to practice after completion of their residency; • Forgives 25 percent or a maximum of $5,000 loan principal per year if the recipient returns to Saginaw to practice after completion of their residency and is a dues paying member; • Awards scholarships and mentors Saginaw County high school students who are interested in becoming a physician; • Provides research grants and scholarships to medical students and residents through CMU CoM; and • Assists the SCMS Alliance in awarding seven nursing scholarships each year. The Foundation has current investments of over $193,000 and outstanding loans of approximately $170,000, for a total of over $363,000 in assets. Over $150,000 has been raised the past seven years from the annual Golf Outing started by Dr. Rao Gudipati. For the first time since the program was established, we have a loan recipient who has come back to practice in continued on page 18

Top Left to Right Drs. Anthony Zacharek, Zeina Habib, Joseph Adel, Naman Salibi and Jacquelyn Charbel Drs. Mark Boquet and Cathy Baase Drs. Virginia Dedicatoria and Julia Walter Kurt Dedicatoria with Drs. Rodames and Virginia Dedicatoria and Mark Van Voorheis

Bottom Left Essay Contest winners with Foundation Board Members, Drs. Iris Marteja, Matt Deibel and George Gugino

continued from page 17 Saginaw after completion of his residency and fellowship, and is taking advantage of the loan forgiveness program. Christopher Allen, MD, a Pediatric Neurologist and Adult and Pediatric Sleep Medicine physician with Covenant, is a prime example of what the SCMS Foundation hopes to achieve. Dr. Allen received loans from the Foundation when he was in medical school. Now that he has returned to practice in Saginaw, his interest is forgiven. Dr. Allen joined the SCMS, which makes him eligible to have 25 percent or up to $5,000 per year of his student loans forgiven at the end of each year he practices in Saginaw and is a SCMS member. Dr. Allen was elected as an Alternate Delegate to the SCMS at tonight’s Board Meeting. The Foundation strives to encourage participation and membership of our younger physicians in the SCMS. The Foundation has given loans to two CMU CoM medical students who are natives of Saginaw. Both are very active in organized medicine from medical school to the SCMS to MSMS. We have no doubt they will be taking advantage of the interest and principal loan forgiveness when they return to Saginaw to practice. Three loans totaling $25,000 were recently awarded to medical students. Again this year, the Board awarded

$1,000 in scholarships to winners of the CMU Health 2017 Research Abstract Symposium. The Foundation is in need of two more physicians to serve as Trustees on the Board. Please let Joan Cramer know if you are interested. The time commitment is minimal – we only have one or two meetings a year, and issues are addressed via email. It’s a very easy way to have a voice in funding and shaping the future of medicine in Saginaw County. • The SCMS Foundation sponsored its Annual Essay Contest which was open to high school juniors and seniors in Saginaw County who want to become physicians and hopefully stay in Saginaw to practice medicine. Students who entered wrote an essay, “Why I Want to Become a Physician in Saginaw County.” The following winners were announced: Nora Fettinger, daughter of Dr. Steve and Beth Fettinger, a senior at Hemlock High School, won first place. She received a check for $1,000 and a one-day mentorship with a SCMS member continued on page 19

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continued from page 18 physician. Clara Wagner, daughter of Dr. Andrew and Mary Wagner and senior at SASA, won second place. She received a check for $600 and a one day mentorship with a SCMS physician. Lauren Gonzales, daughter of Dr. Ron and Michelle Gonzales, won third place, and received a check for $400 and a one day mentorship with a SCMS physician. Receiving checks for $100 and a one day mentorship were Madison Bryce, a senior at St. Charles High School; Asahni Eichelberger, a senior at Saginaw High School; Megan Gendregske, a senior at Heritage High School; Rylee Spitz, a senior at Freeland High school; and Abigail Struble, daughter of Dr. Russell and Amy Struble and a senior at Frankenmuth High School. Members interested in serving as mentors to the Essay winners were asked to contact Joan Cramer. • The SCMS Foundation annual meeting was adjourned.

Program Dean Kikano gave an update on the CMU College of Medicine including the graduation of the inaugural class, all fourth year students being matched for residency, and the $300,000 that was raised by the Rotary for the “Thanks for Staying” initiative in April. Dean Kikano also introduced new clinical faculty and staff in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Horizons Conference Center. The speaker will be Hedy S. Wald PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, who will present a program on Physician Resiliency, “The Becoming: Crafting a Story of You for Resilience and Vitality.” The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Joan M. Cramer Executive Director

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13th Consecutive Year Covenant HealthCare Wins Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation Covenant HealthCare was named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research Corporation. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. “We are honored to accept this award for the 13th year in a row,” said Ed Bruff, President/CEO of Covenant HealthCare. “The patients we serve are the focus of everything we do, and we can never lose sight of that. It’s an honor to see that the community recognizes the quality care we provide and trusts us with their medical needs.” This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Consumer Choice Award celebrating the power of a strong brand image in healthcare. “For each of the past 21 years, winning hospitals have provided outstanding experiences that have transcended their four walls to drive consumer preference, trust, and loyalty in their markets. We are honored to congratulate this year’s

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Assistant Chief Medical Officer Announcement Manoj Sharma, MD has accepted the new part-time position of Assistant Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) at Covenant HealthCare. Dr. Sharma has been with Covenant since 2003 as a valued member of the Medical staff. He is privileged in continued on page 23

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continued from page 22 Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology, and brings significant contributions to this new ACMO role, including his physician leadership, depth of clinical knowledge and quality improvement skills. Dr. Sharma currently serves as Medical Director for Covenant Cardiology. He has been a member of the Medical Dr. Sharma Executive Committee since 2013, and is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan in the Executive Master of Business Administration program. The Assistant Chief Medical Officer is a key physician member of the healthcare organization’s leadership team and is charged with meeting the organization’s goals and objectives for assuring proper functioning of the medical staff. He serves as the primary physician support for the Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer (VPMA/CMO) in all matters related to Medical Staff Services. This includes, but is not limited to, the Medical Staff Quality Improvement and Credentialing functions. The ACMO works closely with the medical staff members and leadership in matters related to medical staff performance. Dr. Sharma will continue to work as a full-time Covenant Cardiologist.

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IN MEMORY It is with deep sadness the Saginaw County Medical Society acknowledges the death of Michael Eugenio Manlapit. Loving son, brother and special friend passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the age of 26. Son of LauraBeth Eugenio and Dr. Albert Manlapit, Michael was born July 21, 1990, in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the United States at the age of three. He resided in Saginaw and attended Handley, St. Thomas Aquinas and Heritage High School. He went to Loyola University in Chicago for one year, returning to Saginaw and was employed at Genji’s in Saginaw and Blossoms in Bay City. Michael enjoyed working there with many of his friends. He was an avid tennis player and commentator on Pop Culture. He enjoyed Tuesday Trivia Night and loved to watch movies. He was a member of PANEM. Surviving are his mother, LauraBeth Eugenio; his father Dr. Albert Manlapit and step-mother, Dr. Iris Manlapit; his sister, Sophia Manlapit; his grandparents, Alberto and Dr. Ophelia Manlapit, Dr. Lamberto and Teresita Eugenio; his aunts and uncles, Jennifer and Shawn Penning and their children Meaghan and Shawn-Michael, Arlene and Todd Que, Michael Eugenio, Gina and Mario Dos Remedios and their children Paolo and Carlo, Fernandino Manlapit and his son Bryce; and many special friends from school and work.

Funeral liturgy took place on Friday, June 9, 2017. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State Street, Saginaw, MI 48603. Richard C. Hausler MD, longtime SCMS member and former Foundation Board Member, passed away on Wednesday June 7, 2017, at the age of 81 years. Richard was born on July 1, 1935, in Saginaw to the late Carl and Irma (Rupp) Hausler. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School, and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Richard practiced Ophthalmology in Saginaw for over 35 years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his children: Debbie Hausler of Traverse City; Jennifer (Ron) Boezwinkle of Grand Rapids; and Pam (Frank) Nosal of Parker, CO; four grandchildren: Jack and Sam Boezwinkle, Kelsi and Aidan Nosal; his sister Sue (Jim) Boyse and a very special friend, Sharon Koberstein. A memorial service took place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Saginaw Choral Society, Covenant HealthCare Foundation, or Second Presbyterian Church.

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Jack Ferlinz MD, a cardiologist, died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw at the age of 75. Dr. Ferlinz was born in Austria on February 18, 1942, and emigrated to the United States to attend Harvard College. He earned an M.B.A. from Northeastern University in Boston in 1965, and completed his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine in 1969. Dr. Ferlinz retired in 2007 from his position as Chief of Medicine and Associate Chief of Staff for Clinical Medicine at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Suzanne Savoy; his daughter, Sandra Valenti of North Reading, MA, and three grandchildren. No funeral service was held. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Heart Association.

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Provider Distinction Award Presented to St. Mary’s Physician Practices In May, two of St. Mary’s of Michigan physician practices were presented with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN) Provider Distinction Awards. Frankenmuth Family Physicians, located in Frankenmuth, St. Mary’s Primary Health Care providers and St. Mary’s Primary receiving the award are, l-r: Jennifer Moreno, FDS; Adam Kandulski, MD; and Health Care, located in Saginaw, were Shontorria Edwards, MA. each recognized with the award for delivering on their commitment to excellent healthcare practices and contributions to achieving an exceptionally high standard of care for Michigan Medicare Advantage patients. This award is presented to very few physicians in the state, with the St. Mary’s physician practices Frankenmuth Family Physicians pictured being two out of five with the award are, l-r: Janet Bach, DO; in Saginaw County to Becky Boensch, NP; Carmen Szilagyi, MD; receive the award. and Patrick Botz, DO.

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St. Mary’s Awards First Annual EMS Stroke Excellence Award The St. Mary’s of Michigan Stroke Team recognized an EMT Crew with the first annual Stroke Excellence Award for their exceptional (l-r): Eric Maher, St. Mary’s Stroke performance in Coordinator with Sonyna and Michael providing quality pre-hospital stroke care. The award was open to any EMS transporting a stroke patient to St. Mary’s, whether from a scene or a transfer. Sonyna Diller, paramedic and Michael Evans, EMT were honored for what was initially a call for abdominal pain. Upon arrival, they found the patient with left arm weakness, left droop, altered mental status, lethargic and with a headache. The patient underwent a successful right internal carotid artery terminus thrombectomy, and by the following morning, the patient’s strength was back to normal in all four extremities and was neuro intact. Congratulations Sonyna and Michael for acting FAST against stroke! Did You Know – St. Mary’s Offers Open MRI St. Mary’s of Michigan offers a completely open MRI at their main campus for those with claustrophobia or fear of small spaces or for large patients. Our open MRI is designed to provide the utmost in patient comfort as it allows for hand holding to support loved ones and with minimal noise. To schedule a patient in our open MRI, please call (989) 907-8222.

“Walk With a Doc” Program Launching in Saginaw Physicians and Medical Personnel Needed! “Walk With a Doc” is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequence of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. GOHI is a group of citizens from the City of Saginaw with the mission to create or revitalize innovative neighborhood parks. The parks will serve all ages and abilities. The walk is open to everyone in the community. Participation is free and preregistration is not required. Participants will listen to a 5-10 minute presentation from a physician or other health professional, prior to the walk. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with the professionals who will answer questions.

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MSMS Board of Directors Meet, Discuss ACA, Organizational Remodeling On July 21, the MSMS Board of Directors held their midsummer board meeting at the MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing. During the Board’s committee meetings, Richard A. Deem, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, American Medical Association (AMA), provided updates on the Affordable Care Act. The Committee on Legislation and the Committee on Health Care Delivery combined meetings to learn more about the current legislative efforts on national health care reform. The AMA has since released a statement on Health System Reform: “The health reform debate is by no means over. Congress must begin a collaborative process that produces a bipartisan approach to improve health care in our country. “The status quo is unacceptable. Near-term action is needed to stabilize the individual/nongroup health insurance marketplace. In the long term, stakeholders and policymakers need to address the unsustainable trends in health care costs while achieving meaningful, affordable coverage for all

Americans. The American Medical Association is ready to work on short- and long-term solutions.” Mr. Deem also provided updates on several other policy areas: • CMS released a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA. One of the key proposed changes is to increase the low-volume threshold. • The AMA is working with Health and Human Services (HHS) on addressing the administrative hassle of prior authorizations within Medicare and Medicaid. • Within the new proposed fee schedule, CMS attempts to better align quality programs, easing some of the reporting burdens and penalties and will begin reimbursing for the Diabetes Prevention Program. Based on direction from the annual House of Delegates meeting, the MSMS Board of Directors continued discussions on the Society’s organizational remodeling process. As part of the next steps, the MSMS Board of Directors reviewed a series of recommendations that came out of the MSMS House of

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continued from page 28 Delegates input session. The input report highlighted four areas of focus: • Increase MSMS membership, which is critical to support a strong, effective, and financially sustainable organization. • MSMS must focus on issues of strategic importance to the future of all physicians in Michigan. • MSMS programs must deliver value to all physicians. • Decision-making and work processes must be aligned to deliver value to all physicians. Further information will be shared with and feedback will be requested from the House of Delegates leaders and County Leadership.

Patient Protections Strengthen as State Fully Integrates MAPS Into Health Systems The State of Michigan is continuing to use all possible resources in its fight against the opioid epidemic by directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System into

the electronic health records and pharmacy dispensation systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley was joined by leaders from Michigan’s health community at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit to announce that the state, thanks to efficiencies in the implementation of the new MAPS system and additional federal grants, will fund the MAPS full integration. READ MORE

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Updates to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens In late June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. CMS’s goal is to simplify the program, especially for small, independent and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare. READ MORE

2 Courses - 1 Day 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Session 1: Safe Opioid Prescribing and Overdose Prevention Completion of this course fulfills the minimum three hours of continuing medical education in the area of pain and symptom management required by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

1:15-3:45 p.m. Session 2: Symposium on Retirement Planning

Plan now to enjoy a secure, comfortable retirement. Whether you have recently retired or are in the planning stages, expert speakers will share their knowledge and help you navigate through the personal, professional and financial aspects of retirement. *Please note AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are not available for this course.


Full Day (lunch will be provided with full day registration) MSMS Members - $175 • Non Members - $195 • Medical Students - Free

Session 1 Only MSMS Members - $135 • Non Members - $185 • Medical Students - Free

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MSMS Members - $135 • Non Members - $185 • Medical Students - Free

Earn up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Saturday, September 16, 2017 Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids 1800 East Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

3 Easy Ways to Register

1. Register online today 2. Call the MSMS registrar at 517-336-7581 3. Fax registration form to 517-336-5797

Register at idPassThru/3BA6B336-9765-E711-AA7F-001B782AFE89 Statement of Accreditation: The Michigan State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Michigan State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Credit: Application for CME Credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of Credit is Pending.

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Mid Michigan Vascular Adds Surgeon and Office-Based Lab Providing state-of-the-art vascular care in this region at the same level patients might get in major metropolitan areas has been the driving force behind the 22-year practice of vascular surgeon Ron Bays, MD. To continue this level of excellence, he has added another surgeon to his practice and created an office-based procedure center. Vascular surgeon Ryan Kim, MD, joins Mid Michigan Vascular Surgery in August, having recently completed fellowship training in vascular surgery at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Referring physicians can expect world-class vascular care and shorter wait times for their patients seeking treatment. Both surgeons have surgical privileges at St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare. They provide a full spectrum of vascular care for patients at these hospitals and welcome referrals from the entire region. In addition, their office in Saginaw Township, now offers an outpatient procedure center for:

Arteriography • Angioplasty • Stenting • Atherectomy • Venous ablation and excision of varicose veins Intravascular ultrasound of the entire body (except the heart) Venous angioplasty and stenting for severe venous conditions like May-Thurner syndrome Treatment of dialysis fistula and graft problems • Placing and removing medical ports

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Membership Meeting

Physician Resiliency

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar now for our Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Membership Meeting at Horizons Conference Center. Hedy S. Wald PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island will present a program on Physician Resiliency, “The Becoming: Crafting a Story of You for Resilience and Vitality.” Her presentation will be based on her programs "Guiding Professional Identity to Prevent Burnout" and "What's Good in the World of Health Care".

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Social (cash bar), 7 p.m. dinner, brief meeting and program Place: Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State Street, Saginaw Cost:

No cost for SCMS Members and CMU CoM Medical Students

Non-member physicians $100 each All others $60 each

Those who make a reservation and do not attend will be charged a $40 cancellation fee. Invitations will be mailed and emailed late in August, but please mark your calendar now to attend.

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