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Oct. 10, 2014

Volume 1, Number 3 

From the CEO’s desk

Dr. MarcoAs the leaves begin to turn and another academic year begins, change is happening at Wright State Physicians.

To better serve our patients, Wright State Physicians recently refinanced the health center building through tax-exempt bonds issued by the Greene County Port Authority, saving $3 million over 20 years. We will save $150,000 per year.

Family Medicine now offers same-day appointments at the Wright State Physicians Health Center. The Family Medicine Residency Program is working to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older. In addition, Family Medicine resident, Laura Ilyas, M.D., received a training award to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine.

Several physicians have joined Wright State Physicians. Be sure to read about Mark Kayanja, M.D., who joined Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics this summer. Dr. Kayanja is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery. He treats several conditions, including spinal deformity, degenerative spinal conditions, spine fractures, spine infections and spine tumors.

Special thanks to Mike Weaver, who is leading the Wright State Physicians Wellness Committee. He and the other committee members are busy developing a wellness program for Wright State Physicians.

So, as winter approaches, let’s continue to focus on meeting the needs of our patients and offering them unmatched health care.

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


Wright State Physicians refinances health center through Greene County Port Authority, saves $3 million over 20 years

WSP Health Center buildingWright State Physicians Inc. will save $3 million over 20 years through tax-exempt bonds issued by the Greene County Port Authority to refinance the Wright State Physicians Health Center building at 725 University Blvd., in Fairborn.

The Wright State Physicians Health Center, a 66,000-square-foot, three-story, state-of-the-art facility, opened in June 2012. The $12 million building is located on the campus of Wright State University. Affiliated with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, the health center houses physicians in dermatology; family medicine; geriatric medicine; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation; rheumatology; and Wright Care, an extended hours clinic. The facility also offers physical therapy, a pharmacy, a lab and medical imaging.

“The health center is a convenient place for students, faculty and staff of Wright State University, as well as residents of Clark, Greene and Montgomery counties to receive medical care,” said Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M., president and CEO of Wright State Physicians. “The savings that Wright State Physicians gains will help us better serve our patients.”

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Family medicine implements open-access scheduling

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To better meet the needs of patients, family medicine began implementing open-access scheduling on June 30 for its practice at the Wright State Physicians Health Center.

Through open access scheduling, the practice reserves a majority of patient appointment times during each day for same-day access appointments. This allows patients to call and schedule on the day they wish to come in.

“This allows patients to be seen when they want to be seen for what they need to be seen for,” said Donald Clark, M.D., medical director of Wright State Physicians Family Medicine and assistant professor of Family Medicine.

Clark explained that this is part of the development of family medicine’s patient centered medical home, focusing on the needs of the patients. “This will allow Wright State Physicians to better serve the needs of its current patients as well as its community of patients that it has yet to serve,” he said. “It also allows students to see and participate in such a model that is quickly becoming the new model of health care in this country.”

Family medicine has received patient feedback indicating that many patients appreciate being able to call the office and be seen the same day that they call. In particular, they appreciate more immediate access when they are ill or have concerns and questions that their doctor or other team members are able to provide.

In addition, open-access scheduling also has allowed better outreach to the Wright State University community. Many of the new patients are Wright State University faculty and staff.


WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident receives training award in substance abuse, addiction

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Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction.

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two one-year training awards of $22,000 each to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. The award includes a $2,000 stipend for mentors.

Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction. Results will be presented at the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis.

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Family Medicine Residency Program awarded senior immunization grant

Five Rivers Family Health CenterThe Five Rivers Health Centers Family Health Center

The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June. 

The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season, which is October 2014 through March 2015. In addition to the grant, the school received a $1,200 travel scholarship to allow one or more residents to present their findings at the AAFP’s 2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Aug. 7-9.

During the flu season about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu vaccine protects against influenza viruses. Vaccination also is the best way for those age 65 and older to protect themselves against pneumococcal disease. Most pneumococcal deaths in the United States are in adults, according to the CDC.

The residency’s clinical office, Five Rivers Health Centers Family Health Center, as part of a Federally Qualified Health Center, serves a medically underserved area. The grant will be used to improve immunization rates among patients and fund educational outreach to the surrounding community.

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Orthopaedic spine surgeon Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D., joins Wright State Physicians

Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D.Orthopaedic spine surgeon Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics and is seeing patients at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, Miami Valley Hospital and Atrium Medical Center.

Kayanja, formerly of CORE Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery. In his new role with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, he will treat several conditions, including spinal deformity, degenerative spinal conditions, spine fractures, spine infections and spine tumors. He also will teach as an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

He completed an orthopaedic spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, two orthopaedic residency programs and a research fellowship program. He was the director of the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic from 2005 to 2007.

Before coming to the United States in 2001, Kayanja held numerous positions, including clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and medical officer in the Uganda Ministry of Health. He earned his medical degree at Makerere University Medical School and his doctorate at Mbarara University in Uganda.

Kayanja is a member of the North American Spine Society, Uganda Health Scientists, the Association of Surgeons of East Africa and the Association of Surgeons of Uganda.

Kayanja is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call (937) 208-2091.


Dean Bowman at press conference
Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., speaks at a news conference announcing the affiliation with Dayton Children's Hospital.

Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children's Hospital to venture

Dayton Children’s Hospital has affiliated with the Wright State University and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the Neuroscience Institute. The affiliation broadens the institute’s research programs and infrastructure by creating the Dayton Children’s Professorship of Pediatric Neuroscience. The new professor will focus on research into pediatric neurological disorders as well as providing clinical care at the hospital.

“Dayton Children’s Hospital and Premier Health hospitals serve as vital teaching hospitals, helping us train the next generation of physicians, and both are home to many of our residency programs,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “This new affiliation will build on those longstanding partnerships and help to speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside.”

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Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., receives board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A.In addition to being certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., has been certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Yaklic is chair of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the medical director of Wright State Physicians Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Yaklic has 18 years of experience in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, which focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and pelvic pain.

Yaklic sees patients at the Wright State Physicians Obstetrics & Gynecology offices at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, Miami Valley Hospital and the Five Rivers Health Center for Women’s Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, the American Medical Association, the Montgomery County Medical Society and the Ohio State Medical Society.


Linda Barney, M.D.Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honors Linda Barney, M.D., FACS, as outstanding medical professional

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honored Linda M. Barney, M.D., FACS, as an outstanding medical professional at a Champions of Hope cancer fundraiser on Sept. 18. She was one of five individuals honored in the battle against cancer.

In addition to Barney, the event saluted the efforts of Irma Johnston as a courageous survivor, Debbie Muntz as an extraordinary caregiver and Debbie Adams and Brenda Mitchell as people of inspiration.

Barney is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She serves as an associate professor of surgery for Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, associate program director for the General Surgery Residency Program at Miami Valley Hospital and director of the Division of General Surgery for Wright State Physicians


Wellness Committee update

Mike WeaverMy name is Mike Weaver, and I am the business manager, for Wright State Physicians Family Medicine. I was recently nominated and accepted the position as chair of the Wright State Physicians Wellness Committee.

As a committee, we have started working closely with Katie Fucik, health strategist, and Joy Gaines, client service specialist-employee benefits, from Hylant for guidance on developing a wellness program for Wright State Physicians. During the next several months, we will be developing the program mission, goals and metrics to use as a foundation for launching future activities and programs.

Our team is very excited and motivated to establish this benefit for the organization. The health and well-being of our staff is of great importance to Wright State Physicians. We hope that you will be as excited as we are!

As a starting point, on July 30 we forwarded Hylantís monthly newsletter, Health & Wellness Advisor, via email to all staff. Hopefully, you were able to take a few minutes to view the information. We hope you look forward to receiving them monthly.

At this time our committee members include Jillian Lowe and Jeff Staats, Internal Medicine; Kathy Trisel, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Christina King, WrightCare; and Leigh Oldham, Drew Pelfrey and Tammy Baughcum, Human Resources.

Please let me (Michael.Weaver@wspi.org) or a member of the Wellness Committee know of any suggestions you have as we continue to develop and continuously improve wellness for Wright State Physicians.

Be well!

Mike Weaver, C.P.A.
Business Manager
Wright State Physicians Family Medicine

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