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Transitional Health Joins WPPIn May, WakeMed Physician Practices will launch WPP – Transitional Health, providing highly-coordinated, short-term medical care to help keep at-risk patients healthy – and at home – after a WakeMed hospital stay or emergency department visit. These services had been previously provided through a partnership with Paired Health/C3 Healthcare Rx, but the organization recently discontinued their program. Led by Mike Watson, MD, the team will include physicians, advanced practice providers, nurse aides, case managers and social workers.
Dragon (Epic Dictation System) UpgradeNuance Dragon is undergoing an upgrade Monday, May 1 at 9 am. This upgrade should have minimal impact on providers, but here’s what you need to know:
If you have problems with the installation, please call the WakeMed Help Desk at x08700.
Ben Alexander, MD, to Depart WakeMedBen Alexander, MD, chief medical information officer, has announced his plans to leave WakeMed in mid-May to pursue a an exciting leadership opportunity within the population health industry. Dr. Alexander has spent nearly 18 years at WakeMed, serving as a pediatric hospitalist for 12 years before becoming WakeMed’s first chief medical information officer in 2008, where he helped lead WakeMed on its journey to implementing Epic and championing this process alongside our physicians to ensure a smooth transition. A transition plan is being developed and details will be shared soon. Please join us in thanking Dr. Alexander for his service and wishing him well in his future endeavors.
New Executive VP & Chief Financial OfficerIn early May, Rick Carrico, MBA, CPA, will join as executive VP and chief financial officer (CFO). Carrico comes to us from Greater Hudson Valley Health System in Middletown, N.Y., a multi-hospital integrated health system, where he has served as VP and chief CFO since 2014. Read the update for details.
Welcome Raleigh Campus Senior VP & Administrator In mid-June, John McLain, MHA, MBA will join to serve as senior VP & Administrator for the Raleigh Campus. He comes from Venice Regional Bayfront Health, a 312-bed hospital in Florida where he has served as CEO since 2016. Read the update for details.
ED Opioid Stewardship ProgramEffective May 1, a new opioid stewardship program will focus the use of IV hydromorphone to: patients who have inadequate pain control from other opioids; are continuing a home regimen; or those deemed clinically appropriate by their provider. This program has been in the works for well over a year as a result of an exceptional partnership between WakeMed and Wake Emergency Physicians, PA (WEPPA) focused on ensuring the appropriate use of opioids. Hydromorphone was chosen because of its extremely potent and potentially habit-forming nature. This initiative has been piloted at WakeMed North since August 2016 with great results, and is being expanded to the other Emergency Departments this May. For more information, review our online physician Pharmacy Education materials.
Welcoming Raleigh RadiologyOn August 27, Raleigh Radiology will become the official provider of professional and interpreting services for all WakeMed imaging studies. To ensure a smooth transition, a steering committee is working to orient providers with WakeMed IT systems, credentialing/regulatory requirements, establishing quality metrics, etc. As the preferred imaging partner for WKCC, WakeMed’s ACO, Raleigh Radiology provides broad subspecialty expertise that aligns with WakeMed’s major service lines and imaging centers of excellence. As the relationship begins, WakeMed will maintain the same level of services and subspecialty coverage for both adult and pediatric populations, with the ultimate goal of expanding over time. With questions or to learn more, contact Imaging Services Director, Holly Carpenter.
Fall Medical Staff MeetingSave the DateTues., September 19Renaissance Hotel at North Hills
Hospital Safety Scores Cary Hospital received an “A” and Raleigh Campus received a “B” in the latest Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group. Both improved their overall scores and did exceptionally well on measures related to physician staffing in ICUs, CPOE and providing discharge information. Detailed scores are below:
New Pediatric OP Procedure SuiteOpening on the 1st floor of the Andrews Center in May, the Pediatric Outpatient Procedure Suite is for patients requiring sedation services for routine and advanced minor OP procedures. This all-in-one-stop location (from check-in to discharge) offers the ultimate in convenience and care in achild-friendly setting. To learn more, download an overview of the suite or join us for our open house! Open House (For all providers)Thursday, May 4 Noon to 1:15 pm Andrews Center First Floor, Suite 104
Cancer Care CollaborationWe are pleased to share that we have signed an agreement with Duke Health to establish an innovative collaboration in the critically important area of oncology/cancer services, effective May 1, 2017. Read more about this collaborative effort that aims to meet the growing and future community health need for a comprehensive, high-quality, fully integrated, value-based cancer care network that is easily accessed across all of Wake County.
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