Medical Staff Meetings

September 2017

12        Medicine, 12:30 p.m., Board Room, Quarterly, 2nd Tuesday

13        QI Committee, 7:30 a.m., 4040 Classroom, Women’s Center,  2nd Wednesday

14        Physician Advisory Committee (PAC), 8:00 a.m., Board Room, Monthly, 2nd Thursday

18        OB/GYN 5:30 p.m. Tower Auditorium, Quarterly, 3rd Monday

19        Psychiatry, Private Dining, Quarterly, 3rd Tuesday

25        Professional Practice Evaluation Committee (PPEC), 6:00 p.m., DQI (N. Decatur), Admin Conference  Room (Hillandale), 4th Monday

27        System Credentials Committee, 5:00 p.m., Board Room or Auditorium, Monthly – 4th Wednesday

27        Multidisciplinary Committee, 7:30 a.m., 4040 Classroom, Women’s Center – 4th Thursday

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES

September 2017

15        Infectious Disease Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur*

18        Tumor Conference, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Stubbs Auditorium, North Decatur

19        Critical Care Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Hospital Theater, North Decatur*

22        Stroke/Neuro Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur*

25        Lung Conference, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Stubbs Auditorium, North Decatur

26        Hillandale Primary Care Conference, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Board Room/Community Room**

29        Radiology Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur*

To download the September 2017 calendar, click here: September CME Calendar

Please note that the schedule may change. To check for late notice cancellations or the current week’s schedule, call 404.501.5638 and press “2” to hear an updated message. All conferences listed are approved for a maximum of one continuing medical education credit. 

*Conference webcast to Hillandale Board/Community Room

**Conference webcast to Classroom 0236, North Decatur

+ Physicians can request participation from individual personal computer or mobile device with more than one day notice

^Conference webcast to Theater at North Decatur

Fall Festivals Present Opportunity to Develop New Patients

fall fest imageJoin DeKalb Medical at a fall festival in October and meet prospective patients. Physicians or practice staff are welcome to volunteer at the DeKalb Medical booth and distribute information about your services at any of the following events:

October 14 – CrossRoads News Senior & Baby Boomer Expo at Stonecrest Mall

October 29 – Oak Groove Festival at Oak Grove Shopping Center

Please contact Lumekia Carr, Community Outreach Coordinator, at lumekia.carr@dekalbmedical.org for shift times if you are interested.

Unit 3200 Renovation is Now Complete!

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To help address throughput, 3200 is a flexible overflow unit which will open and close based on Inpatient needs during times of high volume according to Sharon Mawby, VP & CNO. The 3200 Unit will focus on observation level type patients since they have shorter stays. There will be a total of ten available overflow beds, but staffing to five beds during the initial kick-off.

 

Reception Held for Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors

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Over 35 “Top Doctors” attended a reception on July 20 at Parker’s on Ponce in Downtown Decatur in honor of the physicians named in the 2017 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctor’s issue. More than 90 DeKalb Medical physicians were recognized during the evening’s celebration.

“Our medical staff has been well- represented on this list in the past,” said Bob Wilson, President and CEO, DeKalb Medical. “But this year, we have 94 doctors recognized by other doctors, here and around the region. We continue to attract many of the best physicians in Atlanta. They are invaluable partners in our commitment to earn our communities trust and deliver exceptional patient care.”

Interested in nominating one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2018? Stay tuned for more information. Nominations will begin in January 2018!

Three Organizations Recognized DeKalb Medical for Providing Quality Healthcare

Quality imageThree organizations have recently recognized DeKalb Medical for providing quality healthcare to our patients. These recognitions are a result of the dedication and commitment of staff and reflect staff applying the IREACH values.

Optum Health Bariatric Centers Of Excellence Certification program is designed to increase the potential for success for patients and the savings for their employers. As a Center of Excellence, we are recognized for performing successful bariatric procedures. The result is better quality of care for the patients we serve.

Blue Distinction + Certification from Blue Cross Blue Shield hospitals have a proven history of delivering exceptional care and results. Blue Distinction Center+ hospitals offer more affordable care in addition to having demonstrated quality care, treatment expertise, and, overall, better patient results.

U.S. News & World Report has named DeKalb Medical at North Decatur as a High Performing Hospital for knee replacement surgery through the Joint Solutions Center.

Know Your ED Call Requirements

On call imageAs a reminder, the Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations at both the North Decatur and Hillandale campus set out the obligations of physicians who are on-call for the Emergency Department. Those obligations are a part of the standards established by the Medical Staff in conjunction with hospital leadership to ensure that we are not only providing the best care for the communities we serve, but also ensuring that we remain in compliance with the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act (“EMTALA”).

Here are some key points to keep in mind regarding on-call responsibilities and key points on EMTALA:

  • Physicians on call for the ED are required to respond within 30 minutes by calling the ED when paged.
  • Physicians on call for the ED are required to personally come to the ED within 60 minutes when requested to do so by the ED physician.
  • As other area systems have already implemented, the ED now has the capability to record calls and will be recording calls from other hospitals and to on-call physicians effective immediately.
  • If a patient needs to be admitted and a dispute arises over what service should admit, the ER physician will determine the admitting physician and report the dispute the next morning to Administration and the Chief of Staff for review.
  • Hospitals – and the corresponding on-call specialist – are obligated to accept transfers from other facilities if they can provide a service the transferring facility cannot.
  • A failure to respond or admit based on the request of the ER physician may subject the physician to suspension or automatic relinquishment of his/her privileges.

This is intended to be a quick reminder of some key points. We urge you to be familiar with your obligations under the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations and we encourage you to review Article 5 of the Rules and Regulations that sets out some of these items in more detail.  We appreciate your attention and welcome any questions you may have.

For more information, please contact:

Donsha K. Jackson
Department System Coordinator
(404) 501-1848 Phone