I am humbled and honored to be penning my first note as Medical Staff President. 2014 promises to be an “exciting” year for the medical staff at Summit. Happy New Year.
First I want to thank Dr. Roger Phelps for the outstanding job he did as the president for the last two years and his anticipated role as “past-president” for the next two years. There were several notable accomplishments over the last year: Successful transition to EHR, an “A” grade by Leapfrog (a patient safety organization), NSQIP–Meritorious Status for 2012 for Composite Quality score in outcomes areas of Mortality, DVT/PE, Cardiac, Respiratory, Unplanned Intubation, Ventilator > 48 hours, Renal failure, SSI and UTI for all surgery cases, Joint Commission Triennial Accreditation and Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for total hips and knees and stroke. Read More about From the President, March 2014
We are excited to announce that we now offer the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure at the Summit Campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC). This procedure is an excellent option for patients who are either high risk, or not candidates for open aortic valve replacement. This procedure is being performed in our hybrid operating room with both catheterization and surgical capabilities. Read More about TAVR Procedures Offered at Summit
The launch of the International Classification of Diseases Version Ten, commonly known as ICD-10 is just around the corner. Oct. 1, 2014, is the date when CMS will require providers to submit claims using this upgraded system. Because nearly everyone in the health care delivery system will have to adjust, ICD-10 has garnered a lot of interest and in many quarters a fair amount of anxiety. To address some of these concerns from a physician’s perspective, Sutter has provided a number of resources to help smooth this transition. Read More about ICD-10 Update
Please welcome the new physicians who joined our staff in February:
David Daniels, M.D.
87 Encina Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
This is my last report to you. I won’t presume to offer any sage overviews or insightful comments. That’s beyond my capacity. Instead I wish merely to express to you my thanks for your time and support over the last two years, and to ask you to join me in wishing all best good fortune to my successor, Dr. Junaid Khan, who will be the Summit’s Medical Staff President for the next two years, and to Drs. Donna Tigno and Charu Puri, who will serve respectively as the Medical Staff’s Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer for that same period. (As past president, I’ll move along, still attend many a meeting, and serve as chairman of the Credentials Committee.) Read More about From the President, February 2014
“Save the Date”
The 24th Annual Picchi Memorial Lecture presents
“Opioid Prescribing and Prescription Drug Abuse”
Guest Lecturer–Scott M. Fishman, M.D.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Health Education Center at Samuel Merritt University
400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland Read More about Annual Picchi Memorial Lecture
As of Jan. 10, 2014, ABSMC:
• Transitioned to virtual library resources
• Provided access to UpToDate
• No longer offers a librarian to support literary requests
• No longer provides hard print journals and books
Samuel Merritt University’s John A. Graziano Memorial Library is available to access and request in-person article assistance:
Samuel Merritt University
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
510-869-8900 Read More about Journal Access at ABSMC
Please welcome the new physicians who joined our staff in January:
Premjit Chahal, M.D.
400 Taylor Blvd., Suite 304
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Welcome one and all to another New Year, and welcome back to another edition of your Medical Staff Newsletter. Here’s hoping that you and yours enjoyed a happy holiday and will enjoy a happy, safe, and healthy New Year.
My term as President of Summit’s Medical Staff ends on January 31. It has been an instructive and valuable experience to get to know you the members of the Medical Staff better, to serve you, and to represent you both inside the hospital and out, both formally and informally, whether meeting with the Administrators of the hospital, with representatives of other medical staffs, or with representatives of the Sutter system or its East Bay Region. No one could have prepared me for the variety of experience that is part of the job, from the occasional tedium of yet another meeting, to the sense of accomplishment when—with luck, perhaps more than just occasionally—I’ve helped the Medical Staff promote the right idea or approach or solution for whatever problem was at hand. Read More about From the President, January 2014