Message from the President – September 2018

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in President's Message | 0 comments

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer! It continues to amaze me how quickly time passes. Another summer has come and gone. And with the change in the season, we wish our beloved Medical Staff Director, Dr. Joanne Jellin, a very happy retirement. She has effectively lead, and been the heart and soul of the Summit Medical Staff for almost 22 years. Dr. Jellin began working at Providence Hospital in the Medical Staff Office in 1981 and came to the Summit Medical Staff Office in 1996. Her breadth and depth of knowledge and professionalism has lead us through many challenging times. Thank you Dr. Jellin for your many years of dedication to the Summit Medical Staff! We wish you the best in retirement.

Medical Staff Updates:

-Sutter Safe Care Training for physicians will extend through the end of this month. The training is required for ALL active medical staff members. Dates are included below. Dr. Roos, our CMO, is leading the physician training. You can attend any training session that fits with your schedule, not just the physician only training. Please sign in so you receive attendance and CME credit.

-Please remember to sign your verbal orders within 48 hours. Remember, you can sign your colleagues’ verbal orders if responsible for the care of the patient.

-The Modesto Transfer Center will “sunset” (a nice way of saying close) November 1st. ABSMC will become part of the Bay Transfer Center in Novato which also covers CPMC, Mills, Eden, etc. September 3 is our go-live date. The intake individual at the center will be an RN rather than a clerical person. Also, there is a new Medical Director, Dr. Lory Wiviott, who will oversee the transfer center. 

– Alta Bates Summit and the Oakland Police Department have opened a resource center across the street from the Summit Campus Emergency Room. The goal of the resource center is to provide beat officers and especially those working the night and swing shift a space to complete reports and use between police calls. Located at 400 34th Street in Oakland, the resource center is equipped with internet access, coffee/beverages and other items. The resource center is not a police sub-station and will not be staffed 24-7 by police but all officers will be able to utilize and access the office 24 hours a day.

-The Neurointerventional Program will begin in September.

-Facilities update: Conference rooms Fir 1, 2, and Elm will permanently close mid-September. All meetings will move to other locations on campus. Please closely check your meeting schedule for changes in meeting locations. Grand Rounds will also be relocated to the Bayview Room on the 11th floor.

-My Virtual Workspace will launch soon. This update will allow you to tap in and out of a workstation, and your exact screen will reappear on the next workstation you tap into. At the end of the day, please remember to log out of My Virtual Workspace. Stay tuned for tip sheets.

-Please remember to secure your EPIC workstation after you finish your work. There was an episode (at another facility) where an employee was caught on tape accessing another employee’s workstation to look up unauthorized patient information under the other person’s username and password. They had forgotten to log out and left their computer open. Unfortunately, both employees breached Sutter privacy policy.

-Sutter is developing a Mental Health Access Center which will create a centralized call center in Utah to help Sutter facilities find inpatient beds, access detox centers, and perform insurance authorizations for patients with mental health needs. The plan is for Sutter to go live in early 2019.

-Medication Reconciliation is required after a patient undergoes a procedure prior to returning to the floor. Patty Fitzgibbons is willing to help any physician with this task. Reminder/tip sheets will be posted in the PACU.

-Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing is sponsoring a Physician Wellness Retreat October 5-7 in Scott’s Valley This is an overnight retreat that will review research on burnout for healthcare practitioners and it’s prevention, and also help reconnect individuals with a sense of meaning in their work. More information is below.


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