Feb. 13, 2015
Volume 2, Number 1
From the CEO’s desk
While the new year has brought cold temperatures and snow, it also promises to be a full and exciting new year for Wright State Physicians.
To better serve our rheumatology patients, Wright State Physicians Health Center now has a certified clinical laboratory. By providing laboratory results rapidly at the point of care, our patients will receive high quality care and effective treatment without the delays and additional cost of outside laboratory testing.
Work has begun on the Good Samaritan Family Medicine building, which will house Five Rivers Health Center and our Family Medicine Residency Program. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in November, and the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015.
In other developments, Wright State University faculty, staff and students and the public can now get travel vaccines, medicines and safety tips at Wright State Physicians Health Center. Scott Newman, CNP, specializes in travel health and immunizations and is the director of the Family Medicine travel clinic. Whether patients are traveling for business, school, or pleasure, Scott can help with their international health care needs.
Be sure to inform your patients about our web page that explains how they can take the bus to the Wright State Physicians Health Center. To better serve Wright State University students with disabilities, construction of a barrier-free, wheel-chair accessible sidewalk from the campus shuttle stop in Raider Lot 20 to the Wright State Physicians Health Center was recently completed.
As always, the leadership team at Wright State Physicians appreciates the efforts of all of our employees who work hard to provide unmatched health care to our patients.
Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M.
Rheumatology patients can now have complex laboratory testing performed at Wright State Physicians Health Center. By providing laboratory results rapidly at the point of care, patients will receive high quality care and effective treatment without the delays and additional cost of outside laboratory testing.
William Venanzi, M.D., a rheumatologist with 25 years of experience in rheumatology and laboratory medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, led a dedicated team of Wright State Physicians staff members in the certification process of the clinical laboratory, which will make health care as seamless and rapid as possible for patients while reducing costs.
The upgraded laboratory certification was needed to perform microscopic evaluation of joint fluid for cellular elements, microscopic examination for crystals, and microscopic examination of the urine. “These procedures are fundamental to the clinical practice of rheumatology and are a required competency for the board-certified rheumatologist,” said Venanzi, the laboratoryís medical director. “They also are required in the teaching curriculum for internal medicine at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.”
The standards for laboratory performance are established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to satisfy requirements under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Quality Control (QC) policy. Wright State Physicians Health Center received its certification in January 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 6, 2014, to launch construction of a new medical office facility, the Good Samaritan Family Medicine Building, The single-story, 27,000-square-foot building is being built across the street from Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus, near the intersection of Salem Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Dayton.
“Premier Health and Good Samaritan Hospital are delighted to provide our community with a new modern healthcare facility that is patient focused and promotes health and well-being,” said Eloise Broner, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “It is with great excitement that I announce the primary tenants that will reside in the new Good Samaritan Family Medicine Building — Five Rivers Heath Center and Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine family practice residency program.”
Catherine A. Marco, M.D., FACEP, professor of
emergency medicine, received the Council Meritorious Service Award from the
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for outstanding contributions
to emergency medicine at ACEP's annual meeting in Chicago in October 2014. Marco was
recognized for her commitment to the ACEP Council since 2004.
For those who plan to travel outside the United States, Wright State Physicians Family Medicine now offers travel education and immunization services at the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University.
Wright State Physicians provides travel vaccines, medicines and safety tips. “Whether you are traveling for business, school or pleasure, Wright State Physicians Family Medicine can help you with your international health care needs,” said Scott Newman, CNP, director of the travel clinic. “We can provide you with information about how to stay healthy and protect yourself against insect-borne diseases and food and water illnesses.”
Travelers should contact Wright State Physicians Family Medicine at least four to six weeks before their trips. This will allow enough preparation time for safe and healthy travels. To make an appointment, call (937) 245-7265.
Patients who do not have access to a car can take the bus and a Wright State University campus shuttle to the Wright State Physicians Health Center.
RTA buses run from downtown Dayton to Wright State University. At Wright State, patients will need to get off the RTA bus at Millett Hall to catch a campus shuttle (Express Route 1X) to Raider Lot 20, which is next to the Health Center.
Greene CATS Public Transit also provides transportation to WSU. Greene CATS offers flex routes and stops every 90 minutes Monday through Friday at the WSU Student Union and Millett Hall. From there, patients can ride a campus shuttle to the Health Center. Patients also can schedule a trip to and from any location within Greene County by calling two weeks in advance.
To better serve students with disabilities, the university and Wright State Physicians recently completed construction of a barrier-free, wheel-chair accessible sidewalk from the campus shuttle stop in Raider Lot 20 to the Health Center.
The campus shuttle service is only provided during fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. It is not available during the summer. There is no shuttle service during breaks, university-observed holidays or university weather/emergency closings. However, all shuttles are wheelchair accessible.
To better meet the needs of patients, Wright State Physicians now offers financial counseling services.
Tory Kirsch oversees the management of the organizationís self-pay accounts receivable and provides accurate cost-of-care estimates before services are rendered.
Wright State Physicians has created this new position to provide customer service and financial counseling to patients because of the increased volume of patient out-of-pocket expenses for those with high deductible plans and no insurance.
Kirsch refers patients to various state and federal programs for which they may qualify. She identifies patients in need of other financial assistance and follows up with them to resolve financial responsibility before surgical services or other routine or elective procedures.
It is hard to believe 2014 is behind us and 2015 is in full swing. If you are anything like me, each new year often brings a time of reflection and also a time to refocus. For some of us, refocusing means doing more fun things with family, rethinking career goals, or restarting a hobby you once found great joy in doing. For many of us, this is the time of year when we say, “This is my year I am going to get healthy!”
As I am learning through our Wellness Team meetings, there are six dimensions to wellness — intellectual, financial, emotional, social, spiritual and physical. Because of the breadth and depth of wellness, it will be challenging to apply six areas of wellness across a company divided by several locations! However, with help from Hylant, wellness experts, our team is starting to understand and focus ourselves on creating an environment of wellness in our company!
Our team still needs your help! We have decided the Wellness Team needs to have its own logo and tag line that will provide a unique identity to the wellness initiative at Wright State Physicians. A logo is a picture of something that when we see it, we know it reflects the Wellness Team and something everyone will begin to recognize as a picture of health! Jeff Staats, from Internal Medicine and a Wellness Team member, already told me that a picture of me will not work. A tag line is typically a short sentence or saying that again will identify the wellness direction of WSP. We will be taking entries from now until March 20, 2015. The Wellness Team will then narrow the entries down and have you decide the winner. The winner of the logo and/or tag line will both get a $25 Visa gift card! Please submit your entries to me at Michael.Weaver@WSPI.org or via interoffice mail if you come up with a drawing for the logo.
Thanks and be well,
Mike Weaver, C.P.A.
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