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News and Updates
Congratulations to Shelley Perkins, MD, who recently completed a surgical oncology breast fellowship under Lorraine Tafra, MD, medical director of the AAMC Breast Center. The fellowship is through the Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship. Dr. Perkins focused on the multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer and rotated through all areas that treat the disease including radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, lymphedema, genetics, research, plastic surgery, and more. Dr. Perkins’ next position is at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. The Breast Center will welcome incoming fellow, Erica Giblin, MD, later this year. See photos from Dr. Perkins’ graduation party here.
A vote on this Bylaws amendment will be held at the quarterly Medical Staff Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 5pm networking/service meeting, 6pm business meeting, in the Doordan Institute, Health Sciences Pavilion.
4.5 Emeritus Status
Emeritus status shall be granted by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the Medical Executive Committee to practitioners of the Medical Staff by virtue of their outstanding reputation, noteworthy contributions and long standing service to the Medical Center, who continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Emeritus status does not require periodic evaluation/reappointment.
Qualifications for Emeritus status are:
- (a) An active member of the Medical Staff with outstanding Medical Staff service for at least twenty (20) continuous years;
- (b) Recommendation by the Chairman of the Department he/she is credentialed by;
- (c) Unqualified resignation from either the Active or Consulting Staff the Medical Staff, excluding the category of Associate Staff, with privileges in good favor;
- (d) Professional licensure from the State of Maryland at the time of resignation from the Staff;
- (e) An outstanding reputation;
- (f) Noteworthy contributions to the Medical Staff;
- (g) Long standing service to the Medical Center; and
- (h) Exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct.
Almost as soon as it was signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Health Care Act began changing the way health services are provided. This year many new changes will begin to ease in including an increase in Medicare taxes and an increase in primary care reimbursements in Medicaid to match those of Medicare. All leading up to January 1, 2014 when health insurance exchanges are implemented, and bundled payment demonstrations, accountable care organizations and consolidation will occur.
To keep our Medical Staff informed of the hospital’s strategies for meeting the challenges and risks of this massive transformation, Ken Gummerson, MD, and Mitch Schwartz, MD, will host a monthly information exchange. We invite you to be a part of the discussion as we address the issues and share the implications for infrastructure, technology, clinical integration, transition from fee-for-service payment models, and, how all of the change will affect you, your practice and the medical system.
Join us for the first in the monthly series:
Friday, May 24 from Noon to 2pm
Medical Staff Lounge
1st Floor, Hsopital Pavilion South
For more information, call the Medical Staff Office at 443.481.4150.
A message from Nuclear Medicine: Due to reactor production problems, there is a nationwide shortage of radioactive Xenon 133 gas. We expect to receive our next shipment of this isotope on Saturday, June 1. We currently have four vials on the shelf. Please be advised that the Nuclear Medicine department will not be able to perform the ventilation portion of the lung scan procedure when these vials are depleted until June 1. Questons? Contact Kathleen S. Shoul, manager, at x4942 or kshoul@AAHS.org.
Jerry Segal, MD, FACC, has been appointed medical director of the AAMC Heart Institute.
Dr. Segal brings more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He is an innovator in the field of cardiology with more than 25 issued patents for cardiovascular devices and has authored numerous scholarly articles in cardiology. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
A member of the AAMC Medical Staff since 2009, Dr. Segal is a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. Prior to joining AAMC, he was an attending physician and clinical instructor at Stanford University, held a faculty appointment at Palo Alto VA Medical Center and was an instructor to Stanford interventional cardiology fellows. In 2002, Dr. Segal was director of the cardiac catheterization labs and an associate professor at George Washington University. There, he was an internationally recognized investigator and author in cardiovascular diseases. In 1990, Dr. Segal was an assistant professor of medicine and cardiac catheterization lab director at the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Segal completed his cardiology fellowship at Stanford University and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University in Boston and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Harvard University – Beth Israel Hospital.
On May 2, AAMC held a ribbon-cutting for its Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit offers a specialized model of care for older, hospitalized patients with acute illness. The 30-bed unit is one of 13 in Maryland.
“Many times, highly functioning older adults are admitted to a hospital for a few days and are so weakened by the experience that they become too frail to return to their independent lives,” says Prasad Savana, MD, medical director of the ACE unit. “Our team is specially trained to better understand the risk factors for developing adverse events and will take special attention to ensure patients are moving as soon as possible to avoid complications.”
AAMC was awarded the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) facility designation in December 2012 as they prepared for the ACE unit opening. The national NICHE organization strives to improve the quality of care for hospitalized older adults, provides evidence-based geriatric protocols and geriatric education for hospital staff members so they are better equipped to care for older adults. NICHE is the largest geriatric nursing program available in the United States, with nearly 300 participating hospitals.
“Geriatric patients face a variety of health risks. This model of care has proven that focusing on the unique needs of the elderly enhances clinical outcomes during and following hospital admission,” says Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, AAMC’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.
Patients admitted to the ACE unit will be seen by their attending physician and will receive consults from members of a special team that includes a geriatrician or geriatric nurse practitioner, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker, case manager, physical therapist, spiritual care, as well as auxiliary volunteers. Patient-and-family advisors will be active participants in the patients’ care plan, providing guidance to team members. Under the direction of this team, ACE patients will be gently pushed to maintain their strength and routine from the time they are admitted until their discharge.