Last week, we submitted a letter to the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) outlining our intent to fi le a Certificate of Need in February 2015 to implement a cardiac surgery program. Our Certificate of Need must be approved by the MHCC before we can start providing cardiac surgery. This is just one step in a multi-year journey to expand and improve cardiac care for patients and our community. AAMC Already provides a range of quality cardiac services, but cardiac surgery is the missing link for a comprehensive program.
News and Updates
The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) has re-designated AAMC as a Cardiac Interventional Center for the next fi ve years. This important designation means AAMC meets state standards to receive patients transported by EMS who are experiencing a STEMI. When EMS providers identify a STEMI patient they take them to the closest designated Cardiac Interventional Center, bypassing non-designated hospitals. Congratulations to everyone on our cardiac team for their continued hard work and dedication in providing the highest level of care to our heart attack patients, and re-earning this recognition.
The December issue of In Practice, AAMC’s community provider publication, features three medical staff contributors Lou Lukas, MD, chief medical officer of Hospice of the Chesapeake; Pat Czapp, MD, chair of clinical integration; and Aimee Yu, MD, CCU medical director. These three experts share their expertise in dealing with this challenging patient population. Check it out here.
Measuring our “culture of safety” (how we think of and implement patient safety measures) is important to figuring out where we can improve our safety processes and help reduce errors. Complete the confidential survey here.
October 8, Doordan Institute
5pm: Happy hour and networking
6pm: Chet Burrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield presents “An Update on the CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program.”
7:30pm: Buffet dinner
The journal article “Improved Coordination of Care for Patients with Abnormal Chest Imaging: the Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program” was published in the October 2014 Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management by Stephen Cattaneo, MD; Maria Geronimo, RN; Teresa Putscher, RN; Catherine Brady-Copertino, BSN; and Barry Meisenberg, MD. Read the full article here.
Last week, urogynecologic surgeons from around the world came to AAMC for the 2014 American Urogynecologic Society/International Urogynecological Association (AUGS/IUGA) Scientific Meeting. Led by Briana Walton, MD, director of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, participants practiced their surgical skills in the SAIL Center and the 6th floor of the Belcher Pavilion on human specimens. Check out photos from the event here.