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Important message from Dr Alissa Shulman - Chief of Staff

#1 - Effective May 3, 2021, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Laboratory will covert to a newer, higher sensitivity Troponin I assay.
Effective May 3, 2021 the Laboratory will begin using a new method for reporting the Cardiac Troponin I. The new method is called high sensitivity Troponin or TROHS. Please find attached:

  • Official notification to the Medical Staff as required by the College of American Pathologists and a pertinent publication regarding the use of hsTroponin
  • An 8-minute narrated PowerPoint (click on the "Slide Show" tab, then click on "From Beginning" to hear the narration)

#2 - Joint Commission Accreditation Survey
We can expect our Joint Commission accreditation survey to take place anytime between now and May 18. The unannounced, organization-wide evaluation is conducted every three years to assess our compliance with CMS standards, which includes our Restraint procedures.
To assist as we prepare for the 2021 Survey, attached please find Restraint Education as well as recent editions of the Quality Newsletter.

#3 - SMH New Knowledge and Innovation Conference - LIVE - Tuesday, April 27, 2021
CE's available: 1-5 variable (depending on how many sessions you attend)
Date: April 27, 2021, 9a-2:45pm
Location: Waldemere Auditorium (SMH)
Target audience: Healthcare providers, staff and leaders
Register the Live Conference via this link:

See attached agenda for a description of events and times

#4 - Addressing Health Literacy Concerns at Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. There is a new health literacy screening question that has been placed in the patient admission history document. Please see attachment.

#5 - Diversity & Inclusion Training
SMHCS's Diversity Council has made available, via HealthStream, a three-part educational series as a way to reinforce positive workplace culture through training on key concepts and inclusive actions. The series includes the following online training modules:

  • Unconscious Bias

          - Designed to focus on raising awareness of unconscious bias in order to prevent personal biases from affecting actions at work.

  • Microaggressions in the Workplace

          - Designed to educate on recognizing and preventing verbal and nonverbal messages that contain hidden meanings based on unconscious bias.

  • Workplace Diversity, Inclusion and Sensitivity

         - Designed to emphasize civility and workplace sensitivity to promote respectful culture.

The modules are interactive with questions and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Modules will be available thru Healthstream for Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals. 

#6 - Rules and Regulations 3.B.4. Symbols and Abbreviations
Only standardized terminology, definitions, abbreviations, acronyms, symbols and dose designations willl be used. Abbreviations on the unapproved abbreviations and/or symbols list may not be used.
The Medical Staff will periodically review the unapproved abbreviations and/or symbols list and an official record of unapproved abbreviations will be kept on file. Please see attached.

#7 - Order Entry for Advanced Practice Professionals
See attached - Details available addressing:

  • Admission Placement orders must be placed on behalf of the supervising MD, if the requested by MD is not entered before opening the Placement order, a hard stop alert will be presented
  • How to Add a Supervising MD
  • How to Enter Narcotics without DEA Privileges 


Thank you,
Jack Wazen, MD
Chief of Staff