Category Archives: Medical staff

Bacitracin 50,000 Unit SHORTAGE

To: Physicians

From: Alan Mader, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Centegra Health System, Pharmacy
Date: March 14, 2018
Re: Bacitracin 50,000 Unit SHORTAGE

This is to alert you to the current shortage of Bacitracin 50,000 units which is used for irrigation. One manufacturer indicates that supply may become available at the end of March. Others indicate June. At this time, Pharmacy anticipates depletion of our stock within one week. Please consider the use of other products for irrigation, such as cefazolin or plain saline irrigation.

Thank you.

Doctors Day Lunches

Medical staff:

Please join us for our Doctors Day Lunch April 3rd-5th 2018.

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Influenza Vaccination in Patients with Egg Allergy


January 11, 2018

Influenza Vaccination in Patients with Egg Allergy

David J. Amrol, MD reviewing Greenhawt M et al. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2018 Jan .

All available flu vaccines are safe in all egg-allergic patients.

Sponsoring Organizations: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI); American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)

Target Audience: All providers who administer influenza vaccines


Historically, patients with egg allergy have been told to avoid flu vaccines, because most flu vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs; the concern was that a vaccine might contain residual egg protein, which could lead to anaphylaxis. Many studies have shown that flu vaccines are safe for egg-allergic patients, but many physicians still have been hesitant to vaccinate such patients. This updated practice parameter incorporates recent data on flu vaccine safety in egg-allergic patients, including children.

Key Recommendations

  • Flu vaccines should be administered annually to patients with egg allergy of any severity, with no need to ask recipients about egg-allergy status and no special precautions beyond those recommended for administering any vaccine to any patient. This recommendation applies to both injected and intranasal formulations (although the latter should not be used in the 2017−2018 flu season).
  • Non−egg-containing vaccines can be used but are not necessary or preferred over standard vaccines.
  • The intranasal live attenuated flu vaccine also might be used, if it’s shown to be efficacious and is approved for use.

Egg-allergic patients can be vaccinated safely with any available age-appropriate flu vaccine, with no special precautions, regardless of egg-reaction history (including anaphylaxis). Concern for egg allergy only adds another barrier to universal flu vaccination, and this practice parameter concludes by stating the following: “Vaccine providers and screening questionnaires do not need to ask about the egg allergy status of recipients of influenza vaccine.”

Editor Disclosures at Time of Publication

Disclosures for David J. Amrol, MD at time of publication

Consultant / Advisory board CSL Behring; Horizon Pharmaceuticals

Greenhawt M et al. Administration of influenza vaccines to egg allergic recipients: A practice parameter update 2017. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2018 Jan; 120:49. (

Did you know you can get ABIM MOC credits with

ABIM MOC completion can be done through 

Please see here for more information on the program.

Centegra offers access to for all providers in the health system. Just login from any network computer in the system.

Instructions on remote or mobile access can be found here.

New Psychiatric Provider Answering Service

AlertMD On-Call number for Psychiatry: 815-206-3437

Effective Wednesday, September 13, 2017


There is no single point of access to contact the scheduled on-call Psychiatric Provider. At times, there is confusion around who is on-call for which service, which results in delayed responses.


The Psychiatric Provider team manages multiple call lists for the ED, med floors, and inpatient behavioral health unit. Schedules are distributed across departments but become quickly outdated as schedules change.


A single point of access is required to ensure a caller can access the correct Psychiatric

Provider within a timely fashion.


Utilize the Center and AlertMD to establish a single access point; populating the schedule behind the scenes to ensure each caller is accessing the most up to date on-call schedule and Provider resource.

Medical Providers, Nurses, and Care Coordinators serving patients on the Medical floors will be able to access the Psychiatric Provider by calling 815-206-3437.

After dialing this number, you will hear three options:

  1. If you are calling from the ER, please press 1
  2. If you are calling from a Medical Floor, please press 2
  3. If you are calling from the Inpatient Behavioral health floor, please press 3

Once you make your selection, you will be greeted by the operator. The operator will page the psychiatrist on call through Alert MD. The Psychiatrist has 15 minutes to respond. If they do not respond, the operator will page again.

Please contact Susan Yerkes with any issues. (815)334-5582 or Email:


CHM Receives Blue Distinction Award

From: Heidi Close, Director of Women’s Services Centegra Health System

Rachel Sebastian, President McHenry Hospital

Peggy Norton-Rosko, MSN, RN, NEA-C SVP & Chief Nursing Officer Centegra Health System __________________________________________________________________________________________

We are excited to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently awarded Centegra McHenry Hospital the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation (BDC). Blue Distinction® is a national designation program recognizing healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care – safely, effectively, and cost efficiently.

Facilities are evaluated on quality metrics developed through a process that includes:

  • Input from the medical community and quality measurement experts.
  • Review of medical literature together with national quality and safety initiatives.
  • Thorough analysis of meaningful quality measures from objective, publicly available sources.

    In addition hospitals that receive the BDC Maternity Care designation must also attest to having certain structural components in place and commit to ongoing reporting and quality improvement obligations. The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others. Blue Distinction® Centers demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

    Join us in congratulating our entire Women’s Health team as they continue to provide outstanding care to our community.

Adding Patients to your Census in Paragon 13

Did you know that in Paragon 13 physicians can search for any patient in the organization and add that patient to their census. Then they can start documenting or CPOE.

How to add patient to your census

  1. Search for the patient
  2. Click on “assignments” under the patient name
  3. Then adding yourself to the census

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Centegra Medical Staff Appreciation Event

Centegra Medical Staff Appreciation Event RSVP by Friday, September 23 at or call 815-788-5885.

Medical Staff Appreciation Poster

For a printable version of the invitation click here