Physician Excellence in Teamwork Award

It is time again to recognize one outstanding, distinguished physician on the Centegra Health System Medical Staff with the annual Centegra Physician Excellence in Teamwork Award. This is your chance to recognize the physician you believe best embodies exceptional patient care and service. The physician who receives the most nominations will be presented the award during the Physician Appreciation Event in October.

Centegra Associatess are encouraged to vote electronically until Friday, September 5.

Submit your vote Here.

Physician Excellence in Teamwork

For a printable copy of the flier above, click Here.

Lecture: Infusing Palliative Medicine into Primary Care and Other Specialties: Meeting the Needs of Patients and Families

Presented by:
Dr. Martha Twaddle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Date:
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where:
Francesca’s Famiglia
100 E. Station Street
Barrington, IL 60010

For more information, click Here.

Paragon Scheduled Downtime

Paragon will be down from 9:30pm Tuesday 08/26/14 through 6:00am Wednesday 08/27/14

Purpose: Migration of Paragon SQL Servers from Virtual Servers to Physical Servers to Optimize Performance of the Paragon Database

Downtime procedures must be used for any required functions/systems that will be unavailable. For example:

  • Lab orders and results, Radiology orders and results, Pharmacy orders to Pyxis;
  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer messages such as patient data transferring to FormsFast;
  • Notices via order requisitions for Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nutritional Services, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy, orders.

Paragon CPOE Issues Reporting Procedure

In an effort to improve CPOE medication order selection as well as reduce the risk of medication events, confusion and frustration with medication order entry through Paragon CPOE; clinicians are requested to report issues or concerns immediately to the Department of Pharmacy services. The mechanism for reporting problematic CPOE medication orders to pharmacy is an e-mail to #fdbissue@centegra.com. Please provide appropriate detail including issues with drug name, dosage form, dose and dose mode, route, frequency, duration, schedule or other order entry problems encountered.

Paragon CPOE medication orders are categorized into one of two groups: OV or RX.
OV is Orderview which is populated with medication order selections from a third party called First Data Bank (FDB). RX is Centegra specific order sets built by Centegra pharmacists. RX orders will be reviewed and corrected locally through Centegra’s orders revision processes. OV orders will be reported to McKesson and FDB for appropriate follow-up. The Department of Pharmacy services will maintain a running log of reported issues for the purpose of communicating status and resolution follow-up.

To report a CPOE issue regarding medications please email #fdbissue@centegra.com.

For a printable copy of this memo, please click here.

Finding Visit ID’s for Pre-Registered Patients

Finding Visit ID’s for patients that are pre-registered for a procedure, study, or surgery can be done in 2 quick steps.

While inside your census (My Patients or Group & My Patients) switch the Bed Filter and the Pt. Type to ALL and click search.

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Your census list will be expanded to show “Pre-Reg” patients. Pre-Reg patients are patients that have been pre-registered for imaging studies, procedures, or surgery. The Visit ID will show up in the same place as the admit patients.

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Please remember to use the Visit ID when dictating.

For questions or concerns, please contact Michael Millare or Prapti Desai at (815)759-4330.

Bylaws vote at September 3rd 2014 Combined Medical Staff Meeting

An amendment to the current bylaws at both campuses will be proposed at the upcoming September 3rd 2014 combined medical staff meeting. This is subject to the approval of 2/3rds of the active medical staff present at the meeting from each campus.

Background

The current bylaws requires that a COBRA- EMTALA medical screening examination in the ED is performed by a physician or a physician assistant. Now that nurse practitioners are employed in the ED we require a change to this language to accommodate this group of practitioners as well. The change would be to allow this medical screening to be performed by a physician or physician extender.


McHenry proposal

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Article III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 3.6 Basic Responsibilities of Staff Membership

g. COBRA-EMTALA-Medical Screening Examinations
All patients presenting to the hospital for emergency care must have a medical screening examination performed by a privileged Physician or Allied Health Professional to determine whether that patient has an emergency medical condition as defined by law and regulation. administrative policy. That examination will be performed by a privileged physician (M.D. or D.O.) or supervised physician assistant member of the Medical Staff.


Woodstock proposal

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Article XIV – RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE MEDICAL STAFF

F. COBRA-EMTALA-Medical Screening Examinations
All patients presenting to the hospital for emergency care must have a medical screening examination performed by a privileged Physician or AHP to determine whether that patient has an emergency medical condition as defined by law and regulation. administrative policy. A physician (M.D., D.O.) member of the medical staff will perform that examination.


Conclusion

Please support our ED by passing this amendment at the upcoming medical staff meeting.

Contact Donna Dermont (Woodstock) 815–334–3141 or Sue Henn (McHenry) 815–759–4293 for more information.

Anemia Clinic

The Centegra Health System Anemia Clinic was established in February 2013. The purpose of the Anemia Clinic is to screen patients with a hemoglobin level between 10.1 and 13 prior to having hip or knee surgery, with the objective being to help decrease the need for post-operative blood transfusions. Patients may be treated with injectable iron, epoetin or a combination of both products.

For any questions regarding the Anemia Clinic, please contact
Alan Mader
at (815)759-4407.