Med Staff Update

MARCH EDITION

Share your input in the Physician Vitality survey by April 30, 2021.

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One of our organization’s priorities is directly related to improving the quality of life among Edward-Elmhurst Health physicians: Physician Vitality. 

Please complete the Physician Vitality  survey which will be used as a tool to help you access your overall mental wellness. The results of the survey will also help us find ways to work alongside you to determine your biggest obstacles and frustrations as physicians so we can provide resources to help you stay healthy and engaged. We will use the results to develop an action plan to promote a culture of wellness and engagement.

Over 350 physicians have already participated in the survey, but we would love to hear from even more of you.

This survey is completely confidential with no individual results shown.

The survey link was sent from Mind Garden. If you are having trouble finding or accessing the survey, or if you wish to opt out of the survey and additional emails from Mind Garden, please reach out to Jennifer Donohue at Jennifer.Donohue@eehealth.org.

For other available resources, please review the Employee Assistance Program for Physicians flier and Physician Vitality Navigation information. 

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21st century Cures Act Update

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In order to comply with the new April 5 deadline for Final Rule Information Blocking as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, on March 6, 2021 all pathology/cytology and sensitive test results were reverted to immediate release unless prevented by the provider. 

These changes, that have been implemented, accompanied the Epic upgrade.

You can click here for an FAQ with more details and here for a Quick Start Guide.

In order to comply with the April 5 deadline, changes will also go into effect for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Inpatient and for PHP/IOP at midnight March 22, 2021.

Click here for a Linden Oaks FAQ with more details.

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External Email Warning Banners

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EEH has rolled out an email security warning banner that will be contained in the subject and in the body of the email to warn users that the email they received was sent from outside of EEH.

Click here for more information.

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Meet our Employee Support Coordinators

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In response to a year of immense stress impacting both our personal and professional lives, EEH has brought on full-time Employee Support Coordinators to assist with employee mental health and well-being.

Lindsey Harrington, PsyD, (pictured left) and Megan Walsh, LCPC, (pictured right) offer direct support to employees, coordinate mental health wellness activities, and facilitate educational activities that promote mental well-being. 

They offer confidential support to staff and leadership, normalize stress reactions, promote resiliency, assess needs, and direct to appropriate resources. On an individual basis or in a group format, they offer supportive listening, resource advising, consultation, and education on a wide variety of mental health topics.

The Employee Support Coordinators also lead the Healing Team - a group of mental health professionals trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing who can assist in providing a safe space for staff to process after a critical incident has occurred.

If you need support, please contact the Employee Support Coordinators/ Healing Team at 630-305-5045 or HealingTeam@eehealth.org.

 
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EEH Physicians Intranet Page

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Did you know physicians have their own section on the EEH E-squared intranet?

Access commonly used resources like on-call schedules, med staff office contacts, and links to physician education and resources.

Check out the page by visiting the following url: https://employee.eehealth.org/physicians.

 
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The College of American Pathologists recognizes EEH labs

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The Edward Hospital Laboratory, Plainfield Laboratory and Respiratory Care Departments that operate our critical care and ED lab functions recently completed a week-long College of American Pathologists (CAP) Virtual and Onsite Inspection.

CAP is the accreditation authority that has deemed status for Laboratory Accreditation in place of the Joint Commission and has a rigorous on-site inspection process every two years.

During this visit, the team found no deficiencies for any of the laboratories and this marks the first time all the laboratories received a perfect score.

This is an impressive achievement since the COVID pandemic has presented challenges to this process and forced a change in how things needed to change to complete the on-site inspection.

This is a great testament to EEH’s dedication in providing quality in everything we do from drawing a patient’s blood or handling tissue specimens to the results you see in the patient record.

Congratulations to the EEH Respiratory team under the leadership of Joan Cecich and the EEH Lab team under the direction of Mary Cluver for their incredible efforts.

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EEH's maternity care programs honored by BCBS

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Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals' maternity care programs for meeting nationally established selection criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.

Edward Hospital received the Blue Distinction® Centers Plus (+) for Maternity Care, while Elmhurst Hospital received Blue Distinction® Centers for Maternity Care designation.

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care demonstrate expertise in addressing key factors that drive the United States’ maternal health crisis such as preventable or treatable pregnancy-related conditions, high utilization of Caesarean sections, and racial and ethnic disparities in maternal healthcare.

“Edward-Elmhurst Health provides unmatched quality of care and safety,” says Pat Bradley, System Director, Women’s Services, Edward-Elmhurst Health. “We’re committed to providing a safe, optimal birthing experience geared toward individual needs and preferences because that’s what every new mom deserves.”

Research shows that, compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

Quality Care

This commitment to quality is reflected in Edward-Elmhurst Health’s many designations and certifications: Joint Commission accreditation, Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing, Leapfrog Group’s 2020 Hospital Safety Grades “A” (Elmhurst), IBM Watson’s 15 Top Health Systems 2020, Level III NICU (Edward), and Level IIE Special Care Nursery (Elmhurst).

Additionally, Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals have been recognized by the March of Dimes, Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative and Illinois Hospital Association for reducing the number of elective deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

Maternity Program Highlights

  • Innovative, specialized treatment: Access to ultra-innovative technology, enhanced birthing methods and specialized care for high-risk births and multiples.
  • Medical expertise: Dedicated birthing teams, including board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists, specially trained nurses and nationally certified midwives, who are advanced practice nurses.
  • Personalized care: A nurse is assigned one-on-one during active labor to listen to patients and let them guide their birthing plan.
  • Comfortable private rooms: Private, deluxe, fully equipped birthing suites and mother/baby rooms.
  • Fully equipped nurseries: Access to the highest level of care provided in the Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Edward Hospital, and extended capabilities in the Level IIE Special Care Nursery at Elmhurst Hospital.
  • Helpful resources: Access to a variety of classes and support groups to help prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care.

Learn more about maternity care at Edward-Elmhurst Health. 

Learn more about BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction recognition.

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EEH launches COVID-19 loss support group

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Over the past year, we know that many people have struggled with grief associated with losing someone to COVID-19 and we want to help. EEH is offering a complimentary COVID-19 Loss Support Group for adults ages 18+ who are struggling with the loss of a loved one to COVID-19. These 90-minute support group sessions are held once a week for six weeks virtually, using Zoom, and are facilitated by members of our Spiritual Care Services team.

The support group sessions are also open to employees and physicians. Please feel free to join if you’ve experienced loss of a loved one to COVID-19 and could benefit from support in a group setting. Also, if you know of any patients or others in your network that this opportunity could apply to, please share with them. Flier with additional information can be found on our website here.

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Get to know Dr. Grewal and Dr. Salvador of the EEH Palliative Care Team

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Our palliative care providers are ready to assist your patients with symptom relief in tandem with your treatment plan for serious, life-limiting diagnoses.

Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not the patient’s prognosis. Our goal is to help improve a patient’s ability to undergo medical treatments while alleviating symptoms and stress to promote quality of life.

Dr. Herman Grewal and Dr. Nooshig Salvador of our Palliative Care Team work to help patients and their families to better understand the diagnosis, choices for medical care and provide an extra layer of support.

To learn more about Dr. Grewal and Dr. Salvador, click here.

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Mary Saracco Midwifery in America for International Women’s Day Speech

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Mary Saracco, one of the Elmhurst Clinic midwives, participated in a panel discussion about midwifery for the National Organization of Italian American Women on International Women’s Day.

To learn more about the discussion Mary participated in, click here.

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EEH Jumpstart your health program assists with lifestyle changes

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Jumpstart Your Health is a year-long lifestyle change program designed to help people lose weight, increase activity and prevent disease.

Jumpstart Your Health utilizes Group Lifestyle Balance™, a research-based curriculum that helps individuals make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and develop healthy lifestyle habits.

To learn more about this program and to see if it is right for you or your patients, click here.

Jumpstart Your Health is also offered for qualifying EEH employees and spouse/civil partners- see employee flier for details.

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