August 10, 2015
Volume 2, Number 3
From the CEO’s desk
Time and again, I have been impressed with the staff of Wright State Physicians. Your dedication and commitment make a difference in the lives of our patients.
The free skin cancer screening event, sponsored by Wright State Physicians Dermatology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Community Health in May, definitely made a difference for one man who was diagnosed with melanoma. Dr. Julian Trevino and his staff were able to diagnose the patient and completely remove his melanoma.
Kudos to Wright State Physicians Family Medicine for earning national recognition for its patient-centered care. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Wright State Physicians Family Medicine received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
Wright State Physicians Internal Medicine has added a board-certified family nurse practitioner to help meet the growing demand for primary and preventive care. Christina Carter, B.S.N., M.S., FNP-BC, provides patients with a holistic approach to health care, helping them to make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices.
Congratulations to Dr. John Donnelly of Wright State Physicians Family Medicine. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians recently honored Dr. Donnelly as the recipient of its 2015 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.
Be sure to read the article about the Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA). CTRA has collaborated with clinicians, including some of our physicians, to bring clinical trials to our region. By participating in a clinical trial, physicians can offer patients access to investigational treatments before they are available to the general public.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our patients.
Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M.
When Lee Vance’s wife, Donna, signed him up for a free skin cancer screening event at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, they had no idea what a life-saving decision that would turn out to be.
His wife had gone to their family doctor for a routine checkup and asked about an area of concern on her arm. The doctor referred her to a dermatologist, but she couldn’t schedule an appointment before leaving for a 10-month road trip in their 33-foot motor home.
So, when she learned about the free skin cancer screening event sponsored by the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State Physicians Dermatology and Premier Community Health, she signed up for a free appointment.
But when Julian Trevino, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, saw her husband at the skin cancer screening event, he became concerned about a spot he saw. “It looked like it could be melanoma,” Trevino said. “But the Vances were getting ready to leave for their 10-month trip. I knew we had to help Lee as soon as possible.”
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Wright State Physicians Family Medicine of Dayton, Ohio, has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal physicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by physician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Wright State Physicians Family Medicine has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
Christina Carter, B.S.N, M.S., FNP-BC, a family nurse practitioner, joined Wright State Physicians Internal Medicine and is accepting new patients at the practice’s offices at 1222 S. Patterson Blvd. in Dayton.
As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Carter is helping Wright State Physicians Internal Medicine meet the growing demand for primary and preventive care. Her areas of clinical expertise include adult care, women’s health, wellness and tobacco cessation.
She takes a holistic approach to health care, caring for the patient as a whole, not only the illness. She provides information to patients to help them make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices. She works with patients to increase their ability to care for themselves and to become informed consumers of health care.
Before joining Wright State Physicians Internal Medicine, Carter worked at the Pediatric & Internal Medicine Center in Richmond, Ind. A native Daytonian, Carter also worked as a registered nurse at Kettering Medical Center for 15 years before attending the Wright State University College of Nursing & Health Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She graduated in 2007 with her master’s degree.
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians announced that John F. Donnelly, M.D., of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is the recipient of its 2015 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.
Donnelly, professor of family medicine in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been practicing medicine for 27 years. Following residency and an early career in Texas, Donnelly came to the Boonshoft School of Medicine in 1997.
“My teaching philosophy is to motivate, challenge and encourage learners to give their best effort, thereby empowering them to provide their patients with health care of the highest quality,” Donnelly said. “I strive to foster in learners a love of patients, the joy of medicine, a zest for professional development and lifelong learning.”
Therese M. Zink, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine, describes Donnelly as a medical student magnet. He is dedicated to each and every one of his 400-plus medical students. He is said to know each student’s first and last name.
The class of 2015 selected Donnelly to be its graduation speaker, instead of following the tradition of selecting a nationally recognized celebrity. Medical students also have awarded him the Teaching Excellence Award nine times.
Since its inception in 2012, the Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA) has collaborated with clinicians to bring clinical trials in a variety of indications to the southwest Ohio area by consolidating research offices across health care centers and offering a central administration function. CTRA is on track to secure another 50 trials within the next year.
Current trials span a variety of medical disciplines including the central nervous system, cancer, cardiology, infectious disease, pulmonology, surgery and women’s health. In the future, CTRA plans to expand into other areas including psychiatry and addictions.
The trials are conducted at Premier’s health care and community physician facilities, Wright State Physicians Health Center and at community practices where the physician has an appointment at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The same trial may be conducted at several sites.
Clinical trials allow physicians to remain involved in the academic side of medicine, stay updated on medical advances and help to produce evidence to determine the optimum treatment for patients. By participating in a trial, physicians can offer patients access to investigational treatments before they are available to the general public.
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