August 2020: Edward Hospital Medical Staff Update

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EEH, Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital named to three prestigious lists

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For the second year in a row Edward-Elmhurst Health has been named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health™.

Edward-Elmhurst Health was one of five systems recognized in the Medium Health Systems category and the only Illinois health system to make this prestigious list, while being only the third Illinois health system to be recognized as a 15 Top Health System since the program began in 2008.

Click here to see what makes this award so prestigious or herefora special message of thanks from CEO’s Lou Mastro, Pam Dunley, Joe Dant and Gina Sharp.

Healthgrades recognizes Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals for excellence in cardiac care.

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Edward and Elmhurst Hospital were recently recognized as recipients of Healthgrades’ Specialty Excellence and America’s Best Care Awards for 2020.

Edward Hospital earned the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for superior clinical outcomes in heart bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment, and heart valve surgery. Edward was also named to the list of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, one of 11 hospitals in Illinois to make the list.

Edward Hospital earned the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for superior clinical outcomes in heart bypass surgery and heart valve surgery. Edward was also named to the list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, one of six hospitals in Illinois to make the list.

Edward and Elmhurst Hospital (two of 18 hospitals in Illinois) each earned the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for superior clinical outcomes in coronary intervention procedures (angioplasty with stent). Edward was also named to the list of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention, one of eight hospitals in Illinois to make the list.

The Healthgrade statistics for both Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals can be found in the 2020 April "Did You Know" by clicking here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Obstetrics Postpartum Complications Program

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The new Edward-Elmhurst Health Postpartum Complications program is a collaboration between Edward-Elmhurst’s Obstetrics and Emergency Departments and local EMS providers in an effort to increase awareness of postpartum complications among providers and new moms, and to help more easily identify these issues at the time of care, resulting in timely and appropriate treatments and improved quality outcomes.

More mothers die from pregnancy related complications in the United States than in any other developed country. An average of about 73 women per year die in Illinois due to pregnancy-related complications, while the maternal mortality rate in Illinois is 14.7/100,000 with a national average of 17.4. California currently has the lowest at 4.0.

In Illinois, non-Hispanic black women are six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as non-Hispanic white women. Obesity also plays a major role in maternal mortality, contributing to 44 percent of pregnancy related deaths in Illinois (2015).

Between birth and six weeks postpartum, specific complications can occur in new moms that many people are unaware of, such as:

- Severe hypertension/preeclampsia (severe high blood pressure that may lead to a stroke)

- Late postpartum hemorrhage (severe vaginal bleeding)

- Untreated infections leading to sepsis (blood infection) which can cause multiple organ damage

- Thrombolytic embolism (reduction in blood flow due to a blood clot)

- Postpartum depression

- Complications related to a substance use disorder (SUD), particularly opioid poisoning

- If left untreated, these complications can lead to death. New moms are encouraged to become more self-aware of the changes going on in their bodies during this time.

As part of the discharge education, new moms are given a teal bracelet to wear until their six-week postpartum doctor’s appointment. The color teal represents female strength.

If a new mom develops physical or emotional issues during that time-frame, the bracelet can help alert EMS/paramedics and emergency department staff that she has recently given birth. As a way of creating awareness, clinical staff educate new moms about the risk of postpartum complications between birth and six-weeks as part of the discharge instructions. 

This information is then taken into account by medical professionals for diagnosis and treatment.

Local EMS/paramedics and Edward-Elmhurst Health emergency room doctors and clinical staff have been trained to not only look for the teal bracelet, but to also ask if a woman has recently given birth as part of her medical history – and coordinate with the Edward-Elmhurst Obstetrics departments as needed.

Dr. Kirsten Zeitler filling in as Chief Medical Informatics Officer

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Dr. Kirsten Zeitler is currently filling in as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Dr. John Lee who has departed Edward-Elmhurst Health after 23 years of service.

Dr. Lee has been with EEH since October 1997 when he joined Edward Hospital as an Emergency Physician. He gravitated to Information Technology and the role as ED Information System Director in 2006 and Edward CMIO in 2013.

John was instrumental in many Meditech implementations; better known as CareWorks. In 2016, he was promoted to System CMIO. John was central to the Epic implementations for Edward and Elmhurst. He is well known in the Medical Informatics community and in February 2019 he was awarded the HIMSS AMDIS Physician Leader of the Year.

Dr. Lee has been a dynamic clinical leader and has achieved numerous high-profile accomplishments. His ability to create systems within the IT/Clinical framework for EEH that have helped patients, employees and clinicians will never be forgotten.