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July 16, 2014

Volume 1, Number 2 

From the CEO’s desk

Dr. MarcoSummer has ushered in a host of changes at Wright State Physicians. With our new chair of Family Medicine Dr. Therese Zink on board, we are seeing a blossoming in the department. New providers are being added (several already on board) allowing the growth of that department. We will be seeing other changes that will allow increased access to care for our current and future patients. We are also seeing growth in the activity of WrightCare, which caters to the walk-in/same-day-care population. I know our folks are working hard to accommodate the increase in patient volumes, but isn't that a good problem to have? Nothing like plenty of work to ensure employment stability!

This time of year is full of promise as we look forward to days with family and friends, boating, cycling, hiking or just floating in a pool with a cool beverage. At WSP we also have much to look forward to. In July our new resident physicians joined us, and that's always invigorating. Some residents have graduated and will be starting new jobs; others will assume new roles within their programs. New faculty will be joining us. All this “newness” gives us the opportunity to think about our role in the upcoming year.

In this time of growth, sunny days and new faces, I will challenge us to ask ourselves how we as individuals can make WSP better — a better place to work, a better place to train and a better place to come for health care. How can we as individuals make this better? A smile for a colleague or patient, more patience with patients who may be struggling with new insurance plans, an offer of help for a new resident stumbling through his or her first day in clinic, looking a worried patient in the eye and saying, "we'll take good care of you," and knowing it's true — all of these are ways we can make WSP better.

One of the best ways to send the message about WSP being the place to go for work or health care is to like your job. I really like mine, and I hope everyone in the WSP “family” likes his or hers. If not, let me know, and I'll see what I can do about it to make it better. (Yes, everyone would like a 1,000 percent raise, but there is only so much money to go around. So let's focus on things that are possible.) We are privileged to work in a field that really matters to people — their health. Sure, everyone likes a good meal, but serving a great restaurant meal isn't as rewarding as helping folks get and stay healthy so they can enjoy that meal. All of us at WSP play a part in that — the clinical staff who provide care directly, the front-desk folks who get the patients the appointments they need, the business folks who navigate the intricacies of payment, the back-office staff who keep the business running (and make sure we all get paid) and even the housekeeping staff who make this a clean and pleasant place to work. All of us have a role in supporting our goal of improving the health of our community.

So, as summer turns to fall, let's focus on the opportunities we have, the growth of WSP, and all pitch in to make this the preferred destination for employment and health care. With the new fiscal year and the new academic year, we can all reaffirm the commitment to the "can do" attitude that makes WSP great!

Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M.
President and CEO, Wright State Physicians

Wright State Physicians Dermatology:
Expert skin care to keep you looking your best

dermatologist and patientFrom newborns to the elderly, Wright State Physicians Dermatology serves patients of all ages.

The dermatology group treats several conditions and disorders, including acne; rosacea; discoloration and pigment disorders; eczema; skin cancers, including melanoma; moles and warts; birthmarks; psoriasis; rashes; hair loss; surgical removal of skin cancers; and many other skin, hair and nail conditions.

Wright State Physicians Dermatology also offers other special services:

  • Phototherapy — ultraviolet light therapy used for skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT) — used for severe sun-damage and skin precancers.
  • Patch testing — used to diagnose skin allergy to substances that come in contact with the skin.  

In addition to offices at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, the practice has several locations throughout the area, including Centerville at Miami Valley Hospital South, Springboro at SureCare Medical Center and Troy. For more information, visit Wright State Physicians Dermatology on the web.

The department holds a monthly Grand Rounds conference and sponsors six visiting professors each year. All of these educational conferences are open to all medical professionals in the community seeking to enhance their knowledge of dermatology. For more information about Grand Rounds, visit the department web site.

Julian Trevino, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, has some sun-safety tips for the summer. For more information, view the news release.

Wright State Physicians Dermatology opens cosmetic dermatology clinic

woman's faceWright State Physicians Dermatology is offering a Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic on the third Tuesday of the month at the Wright State Physicians Health Center.

The clinic offers non-surgical aesthetic procedures including facial fillers such as Restylane®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Juvederm XC®, Juvederm XC Ultra® and Belotero Balance®. The clinic also offer cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, Xeomin®, hyperhydrosis treatment, chemical peels, cosmetic mole removal, cosmetic skin tag removal and cosmetic seborrheic keratosis removal.

Elizabeth Muennich, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the clinic, which opened in the fall of 2013. Muennich completed both her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Wright state University in 2004. She served as a chief resident in the Boonshoft School of Medicine Dermatology Residency Program from 2008 through 2009. She is a dermatologist with Dermatology & Skin Care Associates in Mason, Ohio.

“Dr. Muennich is very experienced in the treatment of cosmetic dermatologic conditions,” said Julian Trevino, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Dr. Muennich closely supervises dermatology residents in administering various treatments including injections of botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, laser treatments and surgical treatment to address various cosmetic concerns.

For more information, visit the Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic web page or call (937) 245-7546.

Physical therapy offered at Wright State Physicians Health Center

exercise equipmentWright State Physicians now offers physical therapy on the first floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center. Whether patients need pain relief or are recovering from surgery, Wright State Physicians Physical Therapy offers patients individualized treatment plans with measurable outcomes tailored to help them meet their personal goals.

Iva Staats, P.T., director of Wright State Physicians Physical Therapy, and Justin Lodge, P.T., D.P.T., help patients recover from reconstructive or corrective orthopaedic surgeries, joint replacements and a full array of nonsurgical musculoskeletal injuries/dysfunctions. Together, they have more than 20 years of clinical expertise. “We’re committed to healing our patients and restoring them to their normal activities,” Staats said.

They identify a patient’s problem and implement a plan of care to address limitations related to dysfunction and pain. This may include thermal modalities, such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cold laser, manual therapy techniques or neuromuscular reeducation. All therapeutic interventions incorporate a strong exercise and educational component. 

“Philosophically, we seek to incorporate the patient as integral part of the treatment team. It is the gateway to a successful outcome,” Staats said. “We strive to provide the patient the highest quality care and seek the highest degree of patient satisfaction.”

For more information, call Physical Therapy at (937) 245-7333. To refer a patient, fill out the referral form (PDF).

Wellness Committee update

apple and stethoscopeIn the March newsletter, we requested volunteers to start a Wellness Committee. Thanks to the following individuals who volunteered along with me: Jeff Staats, Jillian Lowe, Kathy Trisel, Kathy Theodor, Drew Pelfrey and Leigh Oldham. The committee has scheduled its first meeting. We are excited to see where this leads!

The third quarter wellness objective is focused on improving your health with small changes. Because not all staff members are health savings account (HSA) participants and are subject to our quarterly wellness objectives, I’m sharing the information here.  

Changes, especially big changes, are hard. Often the energy and commitment of time is too great. This may be why we struggle to make changes to improve our overall health. The problem usually isn’t knowing what we need to do; it’s following through and doing it.

Think about small changes that you could integrate into your daily routine. Small changes are easier to stick with and over time can have a significant impact on your health. If you have a desire to adapt a healthier life style, think about a few small changes that you can integrate into your daily routine a little at a time until they become habit and then gradually add to them. 

Here are a few examples to add a little more exercise into your daily routine:

  • Park in the back of the parking lot to add more steps. 
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Do crunches or stretching exercises during the commercials of a 30 or 60-minute TV program you’re watching. 

Here are a few examples for a healthier diet:

  • Start replacing white bread with 100 percent whole wheat bread.
  • Replace a high-fat, sugary and/or salty snack with a fruit and/or vegetable daily. 
  • Replace a soda or two (regular or diet) a day with water.

Make your own list of goals for a healthier you and a list of small changes that could help you reach those goals. Then start incorporating them one or two at a time until they become routine. Slow and steady change can yield results — doing nothing usually will not! 

Tammy Baughcum
Human Resources Generalist

Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., reproductive endocrinologist, joins Wright State Physicians Obstetrics & Gynecology

Steven R. Lindheim, M.D.Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M., a reproductive endocrinologist, has joined Wright State Physicians Obstetrics & Gynecology and is accepting new and referral patients.

Lindheim is seeing patients at the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University, and at his office in the Berry Women’s Pavilion at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Lindheim is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Before coming to Wright State, Lindheim was medical and scientific director at the Arizona Reproductive Institute. He also has served as the director of the University of Cincinnati Center for Reproductive Health. With 20 years of experience, he is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in infertility. He has been published in more than 100 scientific publications. His areas of research include in vitro fertilization, third-party reproduction, bioethics and minimally invasive surgery. He was named a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News & World Report and placed on the Best Doctors® in America list.

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AAFP award winners
(From left) Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., director of behavioral science, WSU Family Medicine Residency Program; Reid Blackwelder, M.D., AAFP president; Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H., chair, WSU Department of Family Medicine; and F. Stuart Leeds, M.D., WSU assistant professor of family medicine; attended the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference where the award was presented.

Boonshoft School of Medicine wins AAFP Top 10 Award for working to meet the nation’s need for family physicians

For the second consecutive year, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine received an American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Top 10 Award for its consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce.

The award was presented May 5 during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio. Each year, the AAFP presents its Family Medicine Top 10 Awards to honor medical schools that — during a three-year period — graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.

At Wright State, 15.9 percent of medical graduates entered family medicine over the last three years. Along with Wright State, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health were some of the schools that received a Top 10 Award out of 129 medical schools.

At a time when the United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, filling the family physician workforce pipeline is vital to the health of Americans, according to AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D.

The importance of family physicians also has escalated as the complexity of primary care has intensified, according to the AAFP. Family physicians provide preventive and first-encounter care. They diagnose and treat patients with conditions ranging from a sore throat to multiple, complex conditions, including diabetes combined with congestive heart failure. Research has shown that family physicians are the source of care for more than six in 10 patients with anxiety, depression or diabetes, six in 10 patients with cancer and almost six in 10 patients with heart disease.

President and CEO of Wright State Physicians elected to American College of Physician Executives board of directors

ACPE logoAlan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE, president and CEO of Wright State Physicians, was one of three new members to be elected to the 2014-2015 board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). Marco also serves as associate dean for faculty and clinical affairs at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

The ACPE’s board nominating committee reviewed more than 60 applications. The nominating committee selected Marco and two other candidates, and APCE members overwhelming approved the nominees in an online election in March.

The ACPE is the nation’s largest health care organization for physician leaders. The organization has more than 11,000 members, including chief executive officers, chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, medical directors and other physician leaders from more than 45 countries.

Marco has been with Wright State Physicians since Sept. 9, 2013. He came to Wright State from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and director of the residency training program in anesthesiology.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he received his medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his training in anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He earned a Master of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000.

Family medicine chief resident selected for health policy fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Melanie Raffoul, M.D.Melanie Raffoul, M.D., the chief resident of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, is one of two people nationwide who have been selected for the 2014-15 Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University.

The one-year, full-time program combines experiences in scholarly research and clinical practice. Located in Washington, D.C., Raffoul will complete master’s course work in public policy at Georgetown University while engaging in collaborative research with the Graham Center. She also will teach and work clinically in an urban community health center.

“The prospect of working in the Washington, D.C., area and developing as a faculty member while still being given the opportunity to learn is exciting,” she said.

She earned her medical degree from the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2011. She spent two months abroad during her residency working in a medical setting in Beirut, Lebanon, a Palestinian refugee camp and in clinics serving underserved individuals.

Physicians like Raffoul are the future leaders in the development and promotion of primary care health policy, said Andrew Bazemore, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Graham Center, which is an independent research unit working under the personnel and financial policies of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “We were very impressed with Melanie’s history of leadership, active interest in health policy and global and multicultural perspective and experience,” Bazemore said.

Raffoul has been very active in shaping policy at the state level. She is a member of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Legislation and Advocacy Commission. She has worked on educational forums discussing health care policy. As a commission member, she meets quarterly with lobbyists, discussing family medicine issues in policy.

Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H., chair and professor of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, praised Raffoul’s commitment to a family medicine and health care policy. "The Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship will provide her with a unique opportunity to perform health policy-oriented research in Washington, D.C.,and interact with federal policymakers," she said.


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