New CV Observation Unit at Elmhurst Hospital
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Cardiovascular (CV) Observation Unity at Elmhurst Hospital as of July 1.
The new unit is located on the first floor of the West side of the hospital, near the 5th pod in the Emergency Room (the old Centralized Admission Area). The unit consists of six bays and will serve cardiovascular observation patients, generally staying less than 30 hours.
Specifically, the patient population includes, but is not limited to, the following: rule out chest pain, rule out transient ischemic attack (TIA), and stable congestive heart failure patients.
The goals of the new CV Observation Unit are to decrease length of stay (LOS), increase efficiency and throughout, while providing high quality, compassionate care and an excellent patient experience.
Amy Wright, Patient Care Director of the Inpatient CV Unit will be providing leadership and staffing of the CV Observation Unit. She can be reached at x10328.
The Team leader of the CV inpatient unit will provide day-to-day shift oversight of the unit and can be reached at x18532.
Magnet® site visit to Elmhurst Hospital
As you are likely aware, Elmhurst Hospital’s Magnet® written document has been accepted and we are looking forward to the virtual Magnet site visit September 23-25, 2020.
This is certainly an exciting time for us as we prepare to earn the Magnet Nursing Excellence designation a second time- this will be our Sweet Repeat.
Achieving Magnet designation is a rigorous process with a strong focus on transformational leadership, nurse empowerment, exemplary professional practice, nursing research, innovation and evidence-based practice. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious credential a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care; only eight percent of all US hospitals have Magnet status. Re-designation is achieved by all staff, nurses and physicians working together to provide the optimal care for our patients.
During our site visit, Magnet appraisers will meet with nurses, physicians, employees, members of the community, patients and families to determine whether we meet the standards for Magnet re-designation. You will be notified if your participation is requested.
We are confident that we will be ready to welcome the Magnet appraisers to Elmhurst Hospital and demonstrate how we embody nursing excellence. Thank you for supporting us on this journey.
Jewel Walk-in Clinics Closing
Three Jewel Walk-In Clinics located in Bensenville Jewel-Osco, River Forest Jewel-Osco, and Wheaton Jewel-Osco have been closed due to COVID, but now will be closing permanently.
Lower than expected revenue, combined with low downstream activity are some of the reasons for closure. Each of the closing locations, has another EEH, WIC or IC location within proximity – which enables EEH redirect patient care.
Ambulatory locations continue to be evaluated based on several criteria, including revenue and downstream, but also opportunities to consolidate services – where we already have space.
Edward and Elmhurst Hospital EDs Honored with ENA Lantern Award
Congratulations to the Emergency Departments at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals for being among just 25 hospitals that received the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern award.
Edward, which was also recognized in 2011, 2014 and 2017, is one of only two hospitals in the country to be honored four times. This is Elmhurst Hospital’s first Lantern Award.
Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals are two of only five EDs in Illinois with Lantern recognition, which is valid for three years.
This award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate excellent practice and innovative performance through leadership, education, advocacy and research and is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who worked to improve and change nursing in the 19th century.
Examples of the outstanding work from Lantern recipients include decreasing mislabeled specimens, mock delivery simulations and patient-specific safety care plans.
The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership.
Edward, Elmhurst earn A’s for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group
Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital each earned an A in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades.
Elmhurst Hospital is one of only 41 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve an A in every update since Leapfrog began the Hospital Safety Grades in the spring of 2012. To see details of Edward and Elmhurst’s A grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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 hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
EEH Infection Control and Prevention Team named to Crain’s 2020 Notable Health Care Heroes
The Edward-Elmhurst Health Infection Control & Prevention team is featured as one of Crain’s 2020 Notable Health Care Heroes that recognizes doctors, nurses, EMTs, home health care providers, janitors and others on the front lines providing care and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EEH Infection Control & Prevention team includes Dr. David Beezhold, Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, Mary Anderson, Annemarie Schmocker, Sara Czechowicz, Deb Diamond, Denise Ferris and Kate Prueitt.
As all of us at EEH would attest, this fine group has been instrumental in lending expertise to guide nearly every decision made to help the system handle the COVID-19 situation with safety at the forefront.
See the second page of the list of honorees.
CME Program Accreditation
Congratulations to the CME department for earning Accreditation with Commendation from the Illinois State Medical Society!
On October 18th the CME department submitted a 200+ page application for Edward-Elmhurst Health’s CME program reaccreditation and on February 7th EEH had a site survey with the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS).
ISMS reviewed the application, interviewed leadership, committee members, and staff and met on May 20th to review their findings.
After the review EEH received a call from, Jean Hebeisen, Director of Education, Accreditation and Licensure with the news the EEH has been granted Accreditation with Commendation.
This is the highest accreditation status, accompanied by a six-year term of accreditation to provide CME activities providing AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. CME Providers must demonstrate compliance with all accreditation criteria 1 through13, and additionally criteria 23 through36 plus at least one outcome criteria from 36 to 38 in order to achieve accreditation with commendation.
The committee made several findings of best practice for our organization:
• Criterion 11 – The provider analyzes changes in learners performance achieved as a result of the program’s activities/educational interventions;
• Criterion 28 – There was collaboration with other organizations to more effectively address population health issues;
Additionally, best practice comments from ISMS included:
• The Exhibitor Agreement used is an excellent example of clarifying the conditions and expectations of participation as an exhibitor in CME.
• The use of the CloudCME® software to assess intent to change practice, realize change, conduct learner evaluations of activities, allows user remote access, and provides ongoing evaluation of outcomes was identified as best practice.
• The CME Committee has diverse representation of many disciplines as well as ongoing input from local organizations and community health partners.
• Examples of collaboration provided in the application were excellent and identified as best practice of a culture of collaboration.
The Illinois State Medical Society described EEH’s CME Program as a well-established, outstanding program that was well-supported with input from a wide range of disciplines.
They stated it was clearly valued by the organization and dedicated to quality care and use of data and evidence-based practice, and although it has seen significant change and growth over the accreditation term, the program has continued to creatively adapt to the rapid changes.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to promoting an inclusive culture - one where open discussion, diversity of thought and respect for one another is encouraged, appreciated and valued.
Inclusion is an important part of transforming the healthcare experience, making it more safe, seamless and personal.
On September 19, the Epic upgrade will make it possible for us to collect additional personal information from patients regarding sex, gender, preferred and legal names, and personal pronoun preferences. Collecting this important sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) information enables us to further understand and connect with our patients and to create more effective, safe and personal care plans. All employees at Edward-Elmhurst Health will receive SOGI cultural competency training.
Education has been developed to support you with SOGI cultural competency, and you are encouraged to participate in one or more of the following opportunities:
1) For all physicians, APNs and PAs, a one-hour for-credit pre-recorded video course featuring additional context and discussion will be available in September through CloudCME™.
2) Interactive Zoom courses, also for credit, will be offered as needed and publicized to you as they become available.
3) For employed physicians, a 15-minute non-credit slide show is available through HealthStream.
4) For independent (non-employed) physicians, a 15-minute non-credit slide show is available through CloudCME™.
Please watch your email for course availability in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions about the education being offered, please contact one of the medical directors: Bob Payton, Dan Sullivan or Susan Ahmari.
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Kimberly Bartosiak, MD -Orthopedic Surgery
Sam Biafora, MD - Surgery of the Hand
Michael Birman, MD - Surgery of the Hand
Blake Bodendorfer, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Anthony Boniello, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Prashoban Bremjit, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Joseph Brindise, DO - Orthopedic Surgery
Steven DeFroda, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Andrew Francis, MD - Ophthalmology
Laura Hamad, DO - Gastroenterology
Roxane Holt, MD - Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Melissa James, MD - Pediatrics
Josh Kalisky, MD - Anesthesiology
Benjamin Kester, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Derrick Knapik, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Jairus Lukose, MD - Hospitalist-DMG
Darren Plummer, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Carlo Prades, MD - Internal Medicine
Ryan Quigley, MD, PHD - Orthopedic Surgery
Michael Ransone, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Scott Sagerman, MD - Surgery of the Hand
Jason Shrouder-Henry, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Ali Sobh, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Nicholas Trasolini, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Kathryn Vanbuskirk, DO - Family Practice
Michael Vender, MD - Surgery of the Hand
Matthew Winterton, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Maria Ariza Altahona, MD - Family Practice
Ashish Arora, MD - Gastroenterology
Julie Bauml, MD - Radiology, Diagnostic
Suruchi Dewoolkar, DO - Radiology, Diagnostic
Grant Garrigues, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Robina Iqbal, MD - Internal Medicine/Hospitalist
Vasili Karas, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Manan Naik, DO - Interventional Cardiology
Gregory Nicholson, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Pablo Quintana, MD - Hospitalist-EMH
Zachary Rubin, MD - Allergy & Immunology
Timothy Schainker, MD - Internal Medicine/Hospitalist
Tedi Vlahu, MD - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Edward Erlikh, MD - Family Practice
Katherine Lynch, MD - Family Practice
Karla Wehrheim, MD - Pediatric Cardiology
Karen Kinsley, MD - Family Practice
Sheila Barry, MD, PHD - Infectious Disease
David Alfieri, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery
Zankhana Desai, MD - Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Daniel Grzegorek, DO - Internal Medicine