Edward Hospital: Med Staff Update

March 2020 - Medical Staff Update

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Health and Human Services have declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a public health emergency.

In late February 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported there have been more than 78,000 COVID-19 cases reported throughout China and in 31 other countries and territories.

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea – Click here for travel guidelines.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause disease in humans. For the most recent update on the outbreak, access the CDC’s coronavirus webpage.

Edward-Elmhurst Health is closely monitoring the situation and all updates from the CDCIllinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and DuPage County Health Department.

The Edward-Elmhurst Health Infection Control team is working closely with local and state Public Health agencies to increase awareness and preparedness. As with any global outbreak, the situation is evolving, and recommendations are subject to change. We will provide updates to our Medical Staff and Employees as additional information becomes available. As always, it is our goal to keep our staff, physicians, patients and community safe.

 Key things to keep in mind. 

 • All patients presenting to EEH facilities who have signs and symptoms of acute respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose) should be masked immediately to protect staff and other patients from all types of respiratory illnesses.

 • Patients with respiratory illness should be asked about travel to China or South Korea or exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19 or exposure to a Person-Under-Investigation for COVID-19. See the attached information for the CDC’s case definition for a “Person-Under-Investigation (PUI).

• Patients who meet the case definition above for COVID-19 PUI should be immediately placed in a private room (airborne isolation room if available) with the door closed. Use Airborne and Contact Precautions, plus eye protection.

• Staff entering the room should wear personal protective equipment including: Gown, gloves, respiratory protection and eye protection.

If you suspect a patient meets the case definition for COVID-19, contact EEH Infection Control Immediately.

               o Elmhurst:  331-221-3214 and follow the prompts to page.
               o Edward: 630-527-3060 and follow the prompts to page.

• Testing for COVID-19 can only be performed by Public Health Laboratories. Public Health authorization for testing is required.

• Respiratory viral panel testing at EEH Labs may also be ordered, but this test DOES NOT detect this new coronavirus.

If you have any further questions, please contact: EEH Infection Control and Prevention Teams

Edward Hospital | Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, Mary Anderson, Kathleen Pruiett, Deb Diamond
(630) 527-3060, please follow the prompts on the voice mail to page

Elmhurst Hospital | Dr. David Beezhold, Annemarie Schmocker, Sara Czechowicz
(331) 221-3214, please follow the prompts on the voice mail to page

Top Stories

Edward and Elmhurst earn A grade for safety

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Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals were both awarded A’s from the independent national watchdog organization, The Leapfrog Group, for its Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades.

Elmhurst Hospital is one of only 36 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve an A in every grading cycle since Leapfrog began the Hospital Safety Grades in 2012. Edward has recorded its third straight A and has registered A’s in eight of the last 12 Hospital Safety Grades dating back to Spring 2014.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Leapfrog uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D or F grade twice a year to 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

In addition, Edward-Elmhurst Health, which includes Elmhurst Hospital, Edward Hospital in Naperville and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health.

Elmhurst Hospital has also been named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018) for achievements in patient safety and quality, while Edward Hospital was named a Top General Hospital in 2017.


PolicyStat document management system is now live


As of February 25, the MyEdward and MyElmhurst tabs have been replaced by Nursing and Physician tabs

What is PolicyStat?

PolicyStat is an automated way of organizing, digitizing, tagging, approving, and completing tasks with our documents. It houses several types of documents including:

• Policies and procedures
• Guidelines
• Manuals
• Forms
• Protocols

See where system-wide policies now live. You can also find a link to Policies, Procedures and Documents under Frequent Links on the E-squared home page.

There are some handy tools such as this 2 minute training video and PolicyStat Tip Sheet to help you find what you need. The hundreds of documents in PolicyStat run the gamut from Stroke Program Clinical Practice Guidelines to CPR Training to Falls Prevention to the Dress Code Policy. With Joint Commission due for an unannounced four-day survey at Elmhurst Hospital between now and mid-April, it’s important everyone know how to locate a policy on the portal. If for some reason your department cannot locate a document when queried by Joint Commission, please revert to downtime procedures. All areas should have binders of their key documents available for reference. Here is a link to a power point explaining how a PolicyStat administrator can extract documents from PolicyStat as back up hard copies.

Note: Links on the MyEdward Service and Support page, MyEdward Web Applications page and MyElmhurst Helpful Links page have been moved to E-squared. Perfect Serve and other commonly used applications live on the E-squared Web Applications page. Other useful resources are located in the E-squared Service and Support page. You can access both pages from the Frequent Links section on the homepage of E-squared or from the E-squared footer.

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E-squared Web Applications

Please take some time today to check out the new Nursing and Physicians pages that will continue to evolve as new information is added and click on PolicyStat to find what you need to do your job.

If you have any issues, please talk to you your manager, call the Help Desk at 14357 or HelpDesk@eehealth.org or submit a ticket to ServiceNow. 


Jackie Smith promoted to Associate Vice President

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Jackie Smith was recently promoted to the position of Associate Vice President, Physician Recruitment & Medical Staff Relations.

Jackie has served Edward Hospital and Edward-Elmhurst Health since 1995. Jackie’s areas of responsibility include physician recruitment and onboarding, business development, medical staff affairs and credentialing and continuing medical education.

These responsibilities have expanded system-wide twice, beginning shortly after the merger with recruitment and then again in 2017 with medical staff affairs and credentialing and CME. Her accomplishments in these areas have long placed EEH as a leader in physician relations and alignment.

In her new role, Jackie is providing leadership in the area of physician merger and acquisition activities as continued growth of the EEH Physician Enterprise is a critical component to both our strategic plan and five-year financial plan.


Dr. Ahmed Hassan named the Medical Director of the System Neuroscience Service Line

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Since joining Edward-Elmhurst Health in 2018, Dr. Hassan has been working as a Neuro-Intensivist covering care within Edward Hospital’s Neurocritical Care Unit.

Prior to joining Edward-Elmhurst Health, Dr. Hassan completed the 6-year accelerated B.A./M.D. honors program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Hassan then attended Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for his neurology residency, where he also served as Chief Resident and completed his fellowship in Neurocritical Care.

Dr. Hassan went on to hold faculty positions at several facilities including Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, followed by Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and as Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine.

While at the University of Illinois, Dr. Hassan also served as Section Chief of Neurocritical Care and the Neurology Residency Program Director for five years. As a board-certified physician in Neurology and Neurocritical Care and an active member and speaker for the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Academy of Neurology and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Hassan’s promotion is a tremendous boost to Edward-Elmhurst Health’s System Neuroscience Service Line.

For a list of recent Edward-Elmhurst Awards, click here!