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February, 2015

Early Discharge Announcement:
Dear Colleagues, for the past several months we have seen unprecedented volumes for acute care. Several new patient flow strategies are in place to assure timely placement of patients and expedient discharge of patients. In addition, we continue to strive to provide as many private rooms as possible. Physician awareness and partnership with nursing for timely discharges is essential to meeting the needs of our patients. Many physicians round in the early a.m. on anticipated discharges. All physicians are encouraged to adopt this early rounding and discharges prior to 11a.m. to assure optimal patient flow. Thank you for your help.

Highest Scoring Physician in their Specialty:
Congratulations to our Highest Scoring Physicians in their Specialty!
Scores were tabulated from patient responses to “Communication with Doctors” questions on the HCAHPS Survey.

Physicians who received a minimum of 10 surveys from patients discharged November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014 have results posted.

Bhamidipati Lalita, MD - Internal Medicine
Cruz-Hillis, Emiliana R. , MD - Family Practice
Culp, John R. , MD - Cardiovascular Disease
Dingle, Sean R. , MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Fiorica, James V. , MD - Gynecology/Oncology
Grogg, Steven R. , DO - Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Kaplon, Daniel M. , MD - Urology
Kelly, Thomas F. , MD - Surgery, Cardiothoracic
Knego, Robert S. , MD - Neurological Surgery
Novak, Russell W. , MD - Surgery, General
Schreibman, David S. , MD - Interventional Cardiology
Showalter, David P. , MD - Vascular Surgery
Towsley, Greg A. , MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Physician Parking:
Medical Staff Leadership is strategizing with Public Safety to decrease the frustration with crowded parking. In the interim, it is important that Medical Staff display their green parking hangtags, so that Public Safety can enforce both gated and non-gated physician parking spaces. Keep in mind vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense without proper display of hangtags.

Please feel free to contact Public Safety at X-7233 (SAFE) or stop any uniformed Public Safety Officer if you need assistance locating appropriate parking. Thank you in advanced for your patience.

Medical Record Completion:
In order to reduce the number of incomplete medical records becoming delinquent records, we are requesting that ALL incomplete records be completed by the physician on the suspension list versus only completing the delinquent records. This will help prevent the same physician from being on the list the next month especially for those records that are at day 25 and higher at the time of the monthly suspension list.

If you experience difficulties with completion of medical records, or have errors on your patient list, please contact Health Information Management at 917-7143 to address your concerns with the process in a timely manner.
You are a valued physician at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Trauma Program Update:
The Hospital Board voted to approve a resolution from the Medical Executive Committee, in support of application for a Level II trauma center designation. The application will be hand-delivered to the Florida Department of Health prior to April 1, 2015.

Trauma Docs

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. Please feel free to discuss these issues and any new issues with your medical staff leaders.

Best regards,

James Fiorica

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