Hospitalists receive award

The Wiregrass chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has received the “Silver Ribbon” award for the 2015 calendar year.9628HospitalistGroup310x192

The membership of the Wiregrass SHM chapter consists primarily of SAMC hospitalists and hospitalist physician’s assistants. The award marks the culmination of a yearlong effort by the Wiregrass SHM chapter to educate the public regarding hospital medicine and the role of hospitalists in the acute care setting, while seeking to improve the quality of inpatient care.

“Winning the award has been a wonderful, encouraging honor, especially given the fact that we are a newly founded chapter competing with 42 established chapters across the country,” said Amith Skandhan, MD, SAMC hospitalist and Vice President of the Wiregrass SHM. “We believe this award has, in a way, validated our efforts and for that, we’re tremendously grateful.”

Skandhan stated that in 2016, the chapter is working toward receiving the Chapter Excellence Award, which is the highest chapter honor offered by SHM. Wiregrass SHM will seek to identify and engage future leaders of the hospital medicine movement, enhance the professional and public perception of hospital medicine, and more.

Intensivist services begin in critical care

SAMC recently launched an Intensivist program with physicians from Pulmonary Associates, PA.

Marvin W. Sexton, MD, who is fellowship trained in critical care medicine, will serve as the medical director for the program. The intensivist program is a comprehensive approach to caring for CCU patients 24/7. The intensivist 1500PulmonaryDocs310x192will not replace the attending physician or any consults assisting in the care of CCU patients. They will provide timely and coordinated primary care within the CCU.

The purposes of an intensivist program at SAMC are to ensure the availability of physicians to provide intensivist services and to promote:

  • Access to high-quality intensivist services
  • Consistent medical supervision and administration of intensivist services
  • The consistent delivery of evidence based medicine through the implementation of standardized procedures, protocols and appropriate criteria
  • The efficient selection and use of equipment used in the provision of intensivist services
  • Coordinated quality and utilization management activities in the provision of intensivist services

“Intensivists are trained and experienced in treating complex issues and averting complications that often arise quickly with CCU patients,” said Charles L. Harkness, DO, SAMC Chief Medical Officer.  “The intensivist program is another way SAMC is continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure our patients receive the quality care they expect and deserve through evidence based medicine.”

A national study shows that more than 160,000 lives can be saved annually by Intensivist led CCUs, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

SAMC’s intensivists include (from left): Alan W. Purvis, MD; Dale Prophet, MD; Walter J. Doty, IV, MD; Brian R. Sinclair, MD; Marvin W. Sexton, MD and Allen Latimer, MD.

Cardiology expands EP services

SAMC, in partnership with physicians from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), now offers expanded Electrophysiology (EP) cardiology procedures. EP is a branch of cardiology that deals 1421CathLabEPPhysicians310x192with the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. EP procedures are performed in the Cath Lab and can include a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.

These procedures are performed using the new Carto 3D mapping system and St. Jude EP workmate software. The new mapping system allows the physician to create 3D images of the patient’s atrial and ventricular chambers. This enables the physician to have more accuracy to pinpoint the exact area causing the arrhythmia.

Pictured left to right are: Kim Gorland, RN; Maryanne Bravo, RT; Tom McElderry, MD; Michael Pinson, MD and Will Maddox, MD. They are performing a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) study for a rapid heart rate on January 4.