New & Noteworthy
CEO Update: A Note from Donald Gintzig
Over the past several months, it has been my pleasure to meet many of you – witnessing the excellent care you deliver and your tremendous service to WakeMed and our communities. So far during this fiscal year, we are ahead of budget in many areas. We are also seeing improvements in quality and safety measures across the system. Our success can only be assured through a strong partnership with our medical staff and a deep commitment to being an exceptional organization. As we continue, please know that my door is always open and I look forward to continuing to engage with our physician partners in new ways and to hear your thoughts and ideas. Thank you for all you do for WakeMed and the health of our community. – Donald
WakeMed Moves Forward With ACO
The accountable care organization (ACO) partnership announced last year between WakeMed and Key Physicians is moving forward with the approval from CMS for a January 1, 2014, start. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries who are patients of WakeMed Physician Practices or Key Physicians are currently being notified of the ACO and how it is designed to help enhance their care.
CEO Search Update
The search firm of Witt/Kieffer has spent many hours talking with employees, physicians and business leaders to learn more about what WakeMed needs in its next CEO. Many thanks to everyone who has given their time to help us in this process. Witt/Kieffer is reviewing prospects and beginning the evaluation and interviewing phase of recruitment. We remain on track for having our next CEO selected by summer 2014. In the meantime, the Board feels extremely confident in the exceptional leadership demonstrated by Donald Gintzig and our leadership team.
Strategic Planning Process Update
The Strategic Planning Committee of the WakeMed Board of Directors – which is comprised of 50 percent Board members and 50 percent physicians, is working through a new strategic planning process with leadership from Thomas G. Gettinger, executive VP and COO, and Dr. West Paul, VP of Quality & Patient Safety. In March, the committee’s work will kick off with a Board-only meeting to discuss the long-term direction for the system. Physician input is a key element and the MECs and many other physicians will be involved throughout this important process. The first draft plan will be compiled this summer, with final approval this fall under the leadership of WakeMed’s new CEO.
Welcome New Medical Staff Members
Welcome to new medical staff members who were approved by the MEC in December 2013 and January 2014. Click to see the list.
Clinical & Regulatory Updates
Update on New Medicare-CMS Regulations
We were off to a good start with the new Medicare requirements regarding inpatient admission documentation that began October 1, 2013. However, we have started to see deficiencies in documentation that render patient admissions unbillable for full reimbursement. Click to learn more about the new rules that will allow us to correct this issue. Thank you for your assistance.
Block Scheduling at Cary Hospital Improves OR Utilization
The Operating Room Executive Committee (OREC) met recently to review block utilization and schedules. Following established guidelines, OREC made changes that resulted in 92 hours of “open” schedule time. OREC will continue to review block utilization every six months. For more information, contact Kelly Brooks, Operative Services Director, at 919-350-2425.
OR Cost Saving Efforts
Raleigh Campus Surgical Services Executive Committee (SSEC) and Cary Hospital’s OREC have approved two cost-reduction initiatives presented by WakeMed’s Surgical Services Value Analysis Committee. Trial periods are underway for Hemostatic supplies and Trocars. Data will be collected, analyzed and presented to SSEC and OREC in March.
Orthopaedic Beds at Cary Hospital
Cary Hospital has designated 10 beds on 3 West Medical/Surgical for the care of orthopaedic patients. This is in response to growing orthopaedic patient volumes (particularly in knee replacements), increasing efficiencies in providing care for these patients as well as enhancing the patient’s healing experience. For more information, contact Angela Newman at 919-350-2408.
Events & Updates
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Raleigh Campus Surgeons' Lounge
Bring your questions and comments and enjoy breakfast with Dr. Bill Atkinson.
Click for the August grand rounds schedule. Please join us!
Cary Hospital Surgeons
Wednesday, Aug. 21
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cary Hospital Conference Center Rooms A/D
Please join us for a brief Epic demo and to review the physician workflows in development.
Surgical Schedulers Morning Social
Hand Hygiene Compliance Soars! Thank you to all of our providers for helping us achieve exceptional hand hygiene compliance in June. Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, Sept. 10
7:30 to 9 am
Cary Hospital Conference Center
Many of you knew Dr. Dennis Ose, who served as a pathologist at WakeMed for more than 20 years with Raleigh Pathology Laboratory Associates. He was widely known as a dedicated physician and educator. Sadly, he passed away on Wednesday, June 26, after a two-year battle with ALS. He will be forever remembered at WakeMed and our thoughts are with his family, who were so important to him.