Medical college appoints interim president/dean
SCRANTON -?The Commonwealth Medical College's board recently announced that Dr. Robert E. Wright has been named interim president and dean-elect, effective June 29.
He will succeed Dr. Lois Margaret Nora and will serve until a permanent CEO/dean is named through an ongoing national search.
Wright brings outstanding leadership credentials to the college. He founded The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, formerly known as The Scranton Temple Residency Program, in internal medicine in 1977. He is president and designated institutional official of the program for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education until he retires at the end of the month. Wright played a vital role in the development of TCMC and garnered community support and understanding in its early inception. He was founding chair of The Medical Education Development Consortium and of its successor organization, The Commonwealth Medical College. Wright serves on the TCMC board.
Wright is a graduate of the Temple School of Medicine and completed his residency at Temple and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a professor of internal medicine and clinical faculty member at TCMC.
6 Tioga County EMS workers honored
On May 17, six Tioga County emergency medical providers were honored at the regional Emergency Medical Services banquet held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. The banquet is held annually to honor providers from Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan counties.
Mansfield Firemen's Ambulance was recognized as Tioga County's Ambulance Service of the Year. Ambulance services compete for the honor by submitting training documents, policies and procedures, as well as undergoing an inspection by the regional ambulance licensure personnel.
Tioga County's Dispatcher of the Year was nominated for her years of service and community impact. Tammy Kendrick has been a 911 dispatcher for 19 years and she has an uncanny ability to perform under stress to calm frantic callers. In addition to dispatcher, she has been the volunteer ambulance chief in Tioga for more than 25 years and also serves the community as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and an instructor for EMT?and CPR.
Tim Mays, a Laurel Health System employee and Tioga Fireman's Ambulance EMT, was honored as Tioga County's EMT of the Year. He was nominated for his life-saving care of a cardiac arrest patient. In September 2011, Wellsboro Ambulance was dispatched to a local business for a reported cardiac arrest. Thanks to the recent decision to provide paid staffing during daytime hours in addition to volunteer response, the unit arrived on scene within three minutes of the dispatch. The patient was successfully defibrillated and had spontaneous return of circulation. After undergoing follow up care, the patient was discharged from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and returned to work a short time later.
Honored as Tioga County's Paramedic of the Year was Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Paramedic Steve Seeley. He began his emergency medical career before graduating from high school, becoming a first responder with the Middlebury Fire Department in 1986 while still a student. He became an EMT in 1992 and joined the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance, of which he still is a member today. Prior to becoming a paramedic, he served as ambulance chief and assistant chief with Wellsboro for 15 years.
Dr. Edgar Wong was honored as Tioga County's Emergency Physician of the Year. He began his career in Tioga County as a family practitioner in 1982, becoming a full-time emergency department physician at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in 1986. Wong was nominated by an EMT who cited his consistent outstanding patient care, which she witnessed not only as an EMT but also in his care of friends and community members.
Special recognition was given to two individuals who faithfully serve not only their home community but all of Tioga County. Morris Ambulance members Larry Laubach and Amos Osborn are known as the "go-to-crew" for patients needing to be transferred from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial to another hospital for special services not available in Wellsboro. Regardless of the weather, time of day or night, and location, the two men always are willing to respond. They recently were recognized by Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for completing three long-distance transfers of critical patients during inclement weather conditions in a single 24-hour period.
Geisinger contributes to health care checklist
DANVILLE - Geisinger Health System has collaborated with 10 other leading hospitals and health systems under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine to develop a checklist of 10 strategies that have proven effective in delivering high-quality, cost-effective care - care that results in reduced waste and better patient outcomes.
"The development of the checklist occurs at a critical time for healthcare in this country," said Dr. Glenn Steele, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System. "As those who purchase health care - employers, families, and federal, state and local governments - continue to struggle with rising costs, they are increasingly seeking providers that can deliver high-quality, cost-effective care."
To demonstrate the potential of each of the 10 checklist items, each collaborating institution contributed supporting case material describing their own efforts in healthcare delivery redesign:
Geisinger contributed findings that support the effectiveness of its medical home program, ProvenHealth Navigator (PHN), which is designed to improve the quality of care provided in physician offices through the implementation of a series of patient-centered, integrated, physician-guided, evidence-based and cost-effective protocols.
Findings indicate that PHN decreased admissions and readmissions by 20 percent and reduced the total cost of care by 7 percent.
The checklist is available online at www.iom.edu/CEOChecklist.