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News and Updates
The year was 1997 when Edward Zebovitz, DDS, first learned about the crucial need for medical and dental care in developing regions of the world such as the Philippines, Caribbean, East Africa, and Bangladesh.
“A colleague of my father’s was doing mission trips, and I knew I had to get involved,” says the oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a practice based in Bowie. The non-profit organization Surgeons for Smiles was born.
Seventeen years later, Dr. Zebovitz and his team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and support staff have completed their 34th mission trip. This time they went to Sorsogon, a province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines where genetic facial deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate are common. The team performed 50 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children in just five days.
“The conditions are horrible,” Dr. Zebovitz says of the places he travels. “People’s basic needs, like shelter and food, aren’t always met. It is very sad to see.” They rely on donations to fund the missions. Whatever is not donated, Dr. Zebovitz personally finances.
This spring, Dr. Zebovitz, who is married to OB-GYN Coryse Brathwaite, MD, and has four children ages 18, 20, 21, and 22, will go on another trip. This time, they will go to East Africa. “I hope to one day retire to Surgeons for Smiles,” says Dr. Zebovitz. Learn more at SurgeonsforSmiles.org.
Fit testing clinics will occur Friday, April 4th through Thursday, April 17th in order to facilitate access to testing, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find the schedule here.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires healthcare workers to be fit tested ANNUALLY for N95 respirators used in Airborne Isolation /negative pressure rooms. Fit testing includes selection of the correct size of N95 respirator and learning how to achieve the proper seal for your protection. You are only allowed to wear the N95 respirator brand/size that you have been fit tested to wear.
Be advised that fit testing is required if you/ your staff:
- Work in the Emergency Department, or are physically seeing patients within the Emergency Department.
- Enter into patient rooms with a patient in Airborne isolation (negative pressure room). Negative pressure rooms are found throughout the hospital: patient rooms, ED, PACU, Dialysis and Endoscopy. This applies to anyone wearing a N95 respirator for patient care, regardless of location.
Fit testing applies to Medical Staff members with privileges, nurses, PCTs and other technicians, rehabilitation personnel, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, Environmental Services personnel and many others. All Emergency department medical staff, intensivists, hospitalists, pulmonologists, infectious disease physicians, thoracic surgeons, and/or any medical staff member meeting the description above is expected to be fit tested during these clinics.
Fit testing is an annual requirement. Those already fit tested in calendar year 2014 do not have to be re- tested. Those unable to fit into a N95 respirator properly during last year’s session (e.g., extensive facial hair, lack of fit, etc.) will still need to be re-evaluated this year. Please do not chew gum, eat, drink (except water) for at least 20 minutes before testing; this may alter the results of the test.
Your participation in fit testing is required for OSHA compliance and is for the personal safety of you and your staff. Please make sure fit testing is complete by April 17, 2014.
Questions? Contact Anne Van Waes, Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, avanwaes@AAHS.org.
Members of the medical staff are invited to celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Hospital Pavilion South Medical Staff Lounge on Wednesday, March 26, from 11am to 2pm. Stop by and enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet. Can’t stay? Lunch to go will be available. We look forward to having you join us for this celebration in your honor. Find Deip’s fabulous menu here.
- Deip’s Famous Pho Soup
- Deip’s Favorite Egg Rolls
- Assorted Fruit
- Assorted Sushi
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Grilled Chicken
- Poached Salmon
- Couscous Salad
- Gourmet Pizzas
- Assorted Desserts
AAMC is actively preparing for this transition through comprehensive testing and training. We are completing readiness testing in Alec, our electronic medical record, and other systems. In addition, we are providing training opportunities for all of those affected by this transition especially medical staff. Find an update here.
On behalf of Anne Arundel Medical Center, in honor of National Doctor’s Day, I want to thank you for your commitment to our patients each and every day and the important contribution you make to improving health in our community. I hope you were able to make it to the physician lounge in Hospital Pavilion South today to enjoy the gourmet catered lunch. In addition, the AAMC Foundation thanks these physicians from our Medical Staff whose efforts have helped to secure community philanthropic support to advance healthcare.