From the President, March 2017

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in President's Message | 0 comments

Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,

I hope this newsletter reaches you in good spirits and in good health. Spring is around the corner, March 20, to be precise and although the rain has been much needed, I am looking forward to sunnier skies. Another important date to remember is Doctor’s Day which is March 30. Thank you all for your caring attitude and delivery of quality care for our patients at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

The Physician Engagement Survey results were released and although there are still areas that can be improved, overall the scores are much better compared with last year and show a significantly more positive trend. For more details please ask Dr. Ursi Boynton and Dr. Steve O’Brien.

The Wellness Committee continues to focus on physician burnout, stress and wellness. Here are dates to remember:
1) May 6th retreat at Green Gulch
2) April 29th at UC Berkeley – The Science of Burnout, What it is, Why it Happens and How to avoid it (see information below).

On a more serious note, as a reminder, if there are any changes to your attestation on the application and reapplication to the Medical Staff which pertains to malpractice lawsuits, medical board actions, restriction or suspension of your privileges or criminal activity other than a misdemeanor, including for instance DUI, please inform the medical staff office in a timely fashion. This has always been required in the Medical Staff Bylaws which is not new but can be overlooked and at times forgotten.

There is going to be construction to the ED parking lot and the timeline and details of this project will be announced as we get closer to the date. An important detail is that as construction ensues and as parking space becomes limited, the ED parking lot will be restricted to physicians who are on call, i.e. you won’t be able to badge in for access.

– New Appointments

Vice Chair of Emergency Department- Dr. Jeff Chen
Vice Chair of Anesthesiology Department – Dr. David Blacklock

As a reminder, if there are highlights you would like me to announce from your department, please let me know. We can include the information either in my President’s Report or as an article in the newsletter.

Be well,

Donna D. Tigno, M.D.
President of Summit Medical Staff
Co-Director of Critical Care at Summit Medical Center

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