I want to take a moment and acknowledge that current events have created a tough stressful month. There is news coverage of violence stemming from race relations and law enforcement, violence due to terrorist activities within our nation and abroad, and depending on your political affiliation, stress brought on by reality TV programming — the election campaign.
It becomes that much more important to focus on wellness and emotional health among ourselves and colleagues. We will benefit and ultimately our patients will benefit. I want to share an article: In Challenging Times Practice More Compassion. (Thank you for sharing, Dr. Mouratoff.)
We did meet for the first gathering of the Wellness Branch of the Well Being of Practitioners Committee and we came up with some great ideas. The overarching chair of the Well Being Committee is Dr. Donnis Hobson. Dr. Douglas Patton will remain the chair of the traditional Well Being of Practitioners Subcommittee.
We continue to have a high patient census and with high acuity of illness. Thank you to both the hospitalists and intensivists for your strong work and for managing the volume and complexity of these patients.
By, Donna Tigno, M.D.
To meet Summit Campus Rules and Regulations, physicians need to co-sign verbal orders within 48 hours. We continue to fall short of the Joint Commission requirement. It is imperative that we improve our compliance on an ongoing basis.
There are three efficient methods for signing verbal orders. Our recommendation is to co-sign your orders at the end of your shift/day. With two of these methods, you will be able to co-sign verbal orders for your colleagues or other physicians on the treatment team.
See quick tips here. (Double click on screen shots to enlarge.)
For further assistance, please see EHR Physician Liaison Patty Fitzgibbons. She can be reached at 510-325-9618 or FitzgiP@Sutterhealth.org.
Please help us to meet this strict requirement.
Previously, clinicians could only create an Interval H&P from an H&P note.
Now, interval H&Ps can be created from Consults & Progress notes, including those created in a previous outpatient encounter. This saves time.
In-dwelling Urinary Catheter LDA and Assessment documentation has been changed to reduce CAUTI instances.
“Manage Urinary Catheter Discontinue Per algorithm criteria” order is pre-checked in order sets. If the physician does not want the nurse to remove per algorithm criteria, uncheck the box.
It will be available in the Summary Tab. Use the reports search box to find it. It can be wrenched in. Lactate will also be included in this report with the other labs.
By Patty Fitzgibbons, EHR Physician Liaison
Effective Aug. 1, 2016
For all ICU consults/admissions, call: 510-301-3871
For all pulmonary consults, call:
Dr. Greenberg: 510-388-3158
By Donna Tigno, M.D.
Please welcome the physicians who joined the Medical Staff in July:
Wilson Chwang, MD
2125 Oak Grove Rd. Ste. 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
Lawrence Low, MD
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Madhu Shetti, MD
1418 64th St. Ste. 100
Emeryville, CA 94608
Uma Suryadevara, MD
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Christopher Woods, MD
1501 Trousdale Dr. Fl 2
Burlingame, CA. 94010
From Medical Staff Services
Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,
On the heels of a successful Joint Commission Survey, Summit Medical Center has performed well in the College of American Pathologists (CAP’s) Laboratory Accreditation Program. Thank you Dr. Sasu; Dr. Shaieb; Dr. Swain; Dr. Gologorsky; Jeff Jennings, lab manager; and your whole team for your great work. The Respiratory Therapy Department also did very well, with no significant deficiencies in the Summit ABG Lab. Thank you Dr. Herskowitz; Dr. Dobbs and John Leatherman, manager of pulmonary services; for your dedication! (See details below about the Summit Clinical Laboratory Services.)
On a social note – the hospitalists from Alta Bates and Summit Campuses have monthly Liver Rounds, which alternate between SF and the East Bay. Everyone is invited and it is a great way to meet people in a social setting. On June 30 at 7 p.m., it will be held at Rosa Mexicano in San Francisco. For future events, and if you want to be on the mailing list, please contact Dr. Charu Puri.
By Donna D. Tigno, M.D.
President of Summit Medical Staff
These tests are performed on-site by the Summit Clinical Laboratory:
Tests not performed on-site are sent to several different reference laboratories, depending on test availability and turn-around time, in order of preference:
The Sutter Shared Laboratory in Livermore provides reference laboratory services for the Sutter Health system, including acute care hospitals.
Courier pickup schedules are noted below. Samples must be received in the lab 1-2 hours prior to the pick-up time in order to be processed and packaged for pick-up. If needed, STAT couriers to Alta Bates are also available to pick-up Summit samples within 1 or 2 hours after being called.
|Day||Pick-up||Delivery||Pick up Times||Delivery Times|
All microbiology cultures are plated on-site; plates are sent to Shared Lab for incubation/ID/Sensitivity.
For MICROBIOLOGY cultures performed at Sutter Shared Lab:
For all other tests, contact the Summit Clinical Lab for assistance at 510-869-6560. Our lab staff knows where specific testing is performed, so they are your best resource to follow-up on the status of test results. The status of a test can also be found in Epic Chart Review, in the Status column of the Lab tab.
Please contact Dr. Sebastian Sasu, Pathology Chair, or Dr. Annette Shaieb, Clinical Lab Medical Director, with any questions at 869-6567.
On June 8, 2016, Donor Network West, the organ, eye and tissue procurement organization for northern California and Nevada, announced that Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Summit Campus has been recognized with a 2015 Silver Award for its invaluable contribution in the field of eye and tissue recovery. The award recognizes hospitals for meeting and exceeding key metrics vital to successful eye and tissue recovery programs.
Donor Network West partners with 175 hospitals in its service area of 40 counties, including five transplant centers. In 2015, 2,232 individuals became eye and tissue donors. These donors have the potential to improve the lives of nearly 100,000 people. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and an eye a tissue donor can heal more than 50 others. Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.
By Nakia Madrigal, Donation Program Consultant
Donor Network West
On June 27, our ambulance/transportation vendor changed to AMR. This is a Sutter-wide contract and Sutter-wide launch that should result in expanded services and availability of transportation services. As with all transitions, there may be growing pains. AMR up-staffed in anticipation of glitches. Command Centers will be at our Transfer Center, at the Sutter-AMR Transport Call Center and locally at ABSMC.
We have distributed the relevant information to our managers. This transition should be mostly invisible to the physicians since our policies and procedures for arranging transportation are not changing and it is uncommon for physicians to actively interface with the ambulance service. Of note, our Transfer Center (844-223-3278) remains unchanged.
If you have problems/questions/concerns, please, contact Lisa King (510-861-3100) during weekday hours or the Administrative Nurse Supervisor during evening or weekend hours. Please, notify me of issues that are not being resolved (Steve O’Brien, M.D., 510-869-6785, email@example.com).
Steve O’Brien, M.D.