PHYSICIANS' PRESS MARCH 2018
COMMUNICATING WITH COCHRAN Welcome to the Monthly MD, our official Medical Staff Newsletter. In effort to increase our level of physician engagement, you will begin to receive a newsletter on the 15th of each month. Along with the release of this newsletter, we have many exciting developments in the works to help us with improving organizational transparency. Our intention for the newsletter is to open the lines of communication between Opelousas General Health System and its medical staff to better create mutualistic relationships.
What you can expect to see in the monthly newsletter are updates on progress made by medical staff committees, quality data on medical staff ’s performance, appointments to the medical staff, a physician spotlight, a guest column for a featured topic/physician interview, special news, and calendar reminders.
As the 2018 Heart Walk Chairman for OGHS, I invite you to join our team, CodeFast, in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The Greater Acadiana Heart Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 24th at 9 am at Couret Farms in Lafayette, LA. It is not too late to register, and we encourage your participation! The registration process is simple. Click on the link below and join the OGHS CodeFast team for free today. http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3031&pg=entry
MEDICAL STAFF OFFICE
Medical Staff Coordinator 337-948-5168 email@example.com
Physician Engagement Coordinator 337-678-4265 firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Marketing & Physician Services 337-594-3499 email@example.com
MEDICAL STAFF LEADERSHIP Hunt DeBlanc, M.D., Chief of Staff Paula Sharkey, M.D., Vice Chief, Chairman of Hospital Based Scott Parks, M.D., Chairman of Credentials Ty Hargroder, M.D., Chairman of Medicine Andre Pinac III, M.D., Chairman of Obstetrics Emily Simon, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer, Chairman of Pediatrics
Salvador Vazquez, M.D., Chairman of Surgery Louis Kerkhoff, M.D., Chairman of Bylaws Richard Harmon, M.D., Past Chief of Staff
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD
OGHS received the “Community Engagement” award at the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce 2018 Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet. OGHS was acknowledged for being the second largest employer in St. Landry Parish with 1,000 current employees. Of the 1,000 employees, 685 reside in St. Landry Parish, bringing $32 million annually to our local economy. The OGHS Foundation was commended for the significant impact made in St. Landry Parish and the surrounding areas since its inception in 2006.
Meet Chelsea Vidrine, Physician Engagement Coordinator
Chelsea graduated in December 2017 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and was named the Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Marketing and Hospitality. Chelsea is currently attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to obtain a MBA Health Care Administration degree.
Where are you originally from? Opelousas, LA
What would you like everyone to know about you? My two greatest passions in life are dancing and volunteering, particularly with organizations that are “giving back” to the people of Louisiana. As a former NFL Cheerleader, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to live out both of my passions by volunteering with extraordinary foundations and furthering my dance career. A couple of my favorite memories include “second lining” through Ochsner Medical Center with patients in effort to uplift their spirits and working alongside the Mark Ingram Foundation by encouraging children challenged by the absence of an incarcerated parent to never let adversity stop them from living out their dreams. The people I have encountered and memories I have made are now precious gifts that I intend to carry with me for the rest of my life. As Physician Engagement Coordinator, I plan to implement programs and tactics to better engage the medical staff and open the lines of communication between OGHS and the physicians.
Please contact me if you would like to submit a topic to be featured in the Physicians' Press by the 1st of each month. A brief interview will be conducted, and an article will be written on your topic of choice. (337) 678-4265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CHIEF OF STAFF NOMINEE
Kenneth S. Parks, MD
Kenneth Scott Parks, MD, FACP has been nominated by his fellow medical staff members for the Chief of Staff position at OGHS. Scott Parks, MD was born in Eunice, LA and now resides with his wife, Lori Vidrine-Parks, MD in Ville Platte, LA. They have two daughters both of whom are currently attending college. Dr. S. Parks received his MD from LSUMC in Shreveport, LA and trained in Internal Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. Upon returning to Louisiana, he practiced Internal Medicine for 2-3 years before he moved into Emergency Medicine at OGHS. Dr. S. Parks practiced Emergency Medicine for nearly 20 years then transitioned back to Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine, which he has been practicing for the last 7 years. Through the years, he has worked with and for The Schumacher Group (now Schumacher Clinical Partners) and will continue to do so. Dr. S. Parks has held the position of Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program at OGHS for the last
4 ½ years, and he currently serves as the Credentials Committee Chairman for OGHS. When asked “Why would you like to be Chief of Staff ?” Dr. S. Parks expressed that it is utterly important for physicians to be actively engaged in the hospital to help foster a sense of connectedness, value, and influence. He stated, “I am at a point in my life where professionally I am able and willing to commit the time required to successfully do the job of Chief of Staff.” He has been an active leader as the Chairman of the Credentials Committee since 2014 and believes in encouraging his fellow medical staff members to participate on committees, take leadership roles, and communicate with administration. Understandably, everyone is very busy and extra time is limited, but strong representation by physicians is necessary for improvements in overall performance and patient care to be made.
SENIORS HELPING SENIORS
Dr. Jamie Collins recently visited the Senior Helping Seniors group in Sunset, LA. He spoke about the health conditions to be aware of during the “golden years” and touched on key foods that should be included in a senior’s diet .
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT MARCH 2018 Dr. Eric Amy, General Surgeon
Where are you originally from? Opelousas, LA
Why did you choose OGHS? I always knew I wanted to return home to serve my community and live in this part of the country. While in residency in Shreveport, LA, I reached out to OGHS for a possible job opportunity after finishing school. OGHS made it very easy for me to pursue my dreams and helped me tremendously over the years. I am proud to call OGHS home. What is your favorite thing about working at OGHS? My favorite thing about working at OGHS is the sense of community you feel when you walk in the doors. There is great camaraderie between the medical staff and employees at OGHS that you will not find anywhere else. I enjoy serving the people of this community that I consider family. What do you enjoy most about being a physician? Patient care is one of the most rewarding things about being a physician. Having the opportunity to meet people at the time of their greatest need and use your God-given ability to help them is very humbling. The relationships you make through these encounters last a lifetime. What would you like everyone to know about you? I have roots in this community that go back over a hundred years and I am proud to say I am from Opelousas, LA. I have lived in several other places and there is no place I'd rather call home. I have a passion for the field of medicine, specifically general surgery, and consider it a privilege to care for the people of South Louisiana. I give all glory to God for the doors He has opened and blessings in my life that have brought me to where I am today. What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy spending time with my family, which include Amber, my wife of almost 18 years and my two daughters Ella (13) and Betchina (13). My girls keep us busy with school activities and sports. Our family is very active in our local church community here at the Opelousas Campus of OSC and we are thankful for our spiritual family. Amber and I also enjoy volunteering our time to foreign missions and have spent time in Honduras and Haiti over the years. We enjoy getting together with friends at our local crossfit gym as often as possible in an attempt to stay in shape. Of course, I can always find time for good food and LSU sports, Geaux Tigers!!
Influenza compliance has been topic of conversation around many tables over the past couple years at OGHS. The medical staff at OGHS approved a policy several years ago striving for 100% compliance. As part of our culture of safety, compliance is important to us, and we would like to share this past year's compliance ratings in the chart above.
HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE
In an effort to reduce the transmission of infections, Joint Commission has increased the importance of hand hygiene compliance in all of their accredited facilities. OGHS has set a goal of 50% compliance, which is being monitored via the SwipeSense badges. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our SwipeSense Top Performers for the month of February! OGHS hand hygiene compliance is public knowledge on sites such as Hospital Compare and Leapfrog. As you may not be aware, our hand hygiene compliance rates are part of the BCBS incentive program and the value based purchasing reimbursement program.
OGHS and LHC Group Announce Agreement for Joint Ownership of Hospice Agency Opelousas General Health System and LHC Group announced on February 26th an agreement to share ownership of Louisiana Hospice Palliative Care. Kenneth J. Cochran, President and CEO of OGHS, stated, “This new piece of our existing partnership enhances our ability to provide quality hospice and palliative care to the patients, families, and communities we serve.” CENTRE de la VIE (Center of Life) Construction continues for the new comprehensive cancer center at South Campus, Centre de la Vie! The projected opening is the week of March 19th. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th.
See a video of CENTRE de la VIE here: http://bit.ly/2BVwHct
Opelousas General and CIS to Offer Telecardiology Services in Kinder
On March 1st, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) began offering telecardiology services at Allen Parish Hospital in Kinder. This is CIS’s 8th telecardiology program to date. These services will allow patients to receive world-class cardiology care without leaving their community. CIS telecardiologists will offer 24/7 coverage for cardiology consults, both in emergency department and department floor. This improved access to care is made possible through the co-management agreement between Opelousas General Health System and CIS.
Bringing World-Class Cardiovascular Care to Your Community
John Lindsay, MD
Gerard Ballanco, MD
OGHS Foundation Golf Tournament
Credentials Cmte Meeting
General Medical Staff Meeting
Adenike Tinubu, MD
Angela Adams, MD
Physician Advisory Council
Executive Cmte Meeting
21 22 Doctor’s Day Luncheon
Supraja Yeturi, MD
Hospital Based Cmte Meeting
Greater Acadiana Heart Walk
Ty Hargroder, MD
Richard Harmon, MD
Event Training Birthday
3 Credentials Cmte Meeting Ryan Joseph, MD Andrew Sicard, MD
Michael Felton, MD LouisKerkhoff,MD, FACOG
Marc Saad, MD Kristen Sager, MD
Executive Cmte Meeting Edward Willett, MD
Physician Advisory Council
Damian Badeaux, MD
Noah Olivier, DPM
Medicine/P&T Cmte Meeting Randal Pilgrim, MD
23 24 PEDS Cmte Meeting LaTonya Kelly, MD
Centre de la Vie Grand Opening
Lisa Menuet, MD
David Clause, MD Craig Greene, MD
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