Physicians Notes



Physicians Notes
Physicians Notes
October 2011
2011 Medical Staff
Chief of Staff
J. L. Scheitler, MD
Chief of Staff-Elect
R. W. Smith, MD
Immediate Past
Chief of Staff
H. C. Thomason, III, MD
T. D. Cohen, MD
T. K. Powers, MD
Becker’s Hospital Review Touts CaroMont Health’s
Jan Mathews
an Mathews, CaroMont Health’s Assistant Vice President of Quality Management,
was named in Becker’s Hospital Review list under “Hospital and Health System
Leaders to Know.”
Mathews is responsible for working with multidisciplinary teams across the
continuum to develop and implement quality care initiatives. Prior to assuming her
current position in 2010, Mathews served as the director of clinical performance
improvement. She has been with CaroMont since 2006 and has previously served
in management positions at Presbyterian Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and
Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.
CaroMont Cancer Center Ringing in a
New Beginning
silver-plated brass captains’ bell now hangs in
the middle of the cancer center. Cancer survivor,
Micki Pettit, was the first patient to ring the large
bell, after completing radiation treatments for breast
Emergency Medicine
J. M. Kendall, MD
Medicine &
Family Practice
A. R. Arn, MD
Sam Wilcox, II, MD
Philip Leone, MD
E. S. Davis, MD
D. R. Klasing, MD
M. T. Edge, MD
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“I’m honored to be the first person to ring the bell,”
said Pettit. “And it’s great to be done.”
(John Clark/The Gazette) Cancer survivor
Micki Pettit rings the bell to signal that she has
finished her treatments as Dr. Robert Doline,
left and staff from the CaroMont Cancer Center
look on.
The 7-inch bell was installed in July for patients to
ring in celebration of beating cancer. In the weeks
since Pettit completed her treatments, 14 other
patients have rung the bell.
“We wanted to come up with a signifying event for the patient recognizing that
she or he is a survivor now; a person that is moving on with his or her life,” said
Rick Varterasian, Oncology Service Line Director with the Cancer Center who
meet monthly.
“We’re always looking for ways to enhance our patient experience,” said Varterasian,
who says the idea for the bell ringing tradition came out of the Center’s Patient
Satisfaction Committee, which consists of a cross section of people, including
physicians, CaroMont Health diagnosed more than 1,000 cancer cases in 2010.
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Gaston Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Executive Committee Report
The items listed below were discussed and/or approved at the October 3, 2011 Executive Committee meeting. Items
requiring Board approval will be forwarded to its next meeting.
Complete Applications – Provisional Status
Change of Privileges/Staff Status
• Timothy B. Miller, MD – Consulting Staff, Department of
• Dr. George Bell - Active Outpatient to Active,
Medicine (Rehab)
Department of Medicine
• Kelly Acevedo, NP – Allied Health, Department of
Medicine (Dr. Bell)
• Jessica Blackwell, PA-C – Allied Health, Department of
Emergency Medicine
• Deborah Krause, NP – Allied Health, Department of
Medicine (sponsor: Dr. R. Emerson – Courtland Terrace)
• Karen Bransten, CRNA – Allied Health,
Department of Anesthesia
• David Hecht, DO – Active Staff, Department of
Emergency Medicine, effective 9/15/2011
• Jayme Alberssen, NP - Allied Health, Department of
Surgery (sponsor: Dr. Jay Levy)
• Heather Jackson, PA-C - Allied Health, Department of
Surgery (sponsor: Dr. Steve Weston)
• Camille Pruitt, NP – Allied Health, Department of Surgery
(sponsor: Dr. Gudeman), effective August 11, 2011
It’s Official! CaroMont Health Has Been Awarded
The North Carolina Baldrige Award for Excellence, Level Two.
What does this mean? This level is awarded to an organization that has demonstrated, through their commitment
and implementation of performance management principles, progress in building sound and notable processes.
The organization has documented a solid approach to system-level performance management and is implementing
plans and procedures.
Through all of the hard work and commitment from everyone of you, we have been successful in our initial steps
toward Baldrige. In the next few weeks, you will see more about this award and an official ceremony in which we will
be presented with the award. Each and everyone of you and your staff are responsible for this accomplishment.
It is important to remember that we don’t stop here, we will use the valuable feedback report to continue our journey
toward the National Baldrige Award. Together we can make this happen.
Take a moment this morning to say “Thank You” to every employee at CaroMont Health.
October 24, 2011
CaroMont Commit To Quit Program Begins
Join in with a buddy to be tobacco free for life in just
4 weeks! For information call Karen Willis, RN, at
November 19, 2011
Gaston County Family YMCA: 23rd Annual Spencer
Mountain Ten Road Race
8:00 am
Warlick School
October 28-29, 2011
Celebrate Gaston
4 Rotary Centennial Pavilion in Downtown Gastonia
November 25 – December 31, 2011
Holiday Lights at the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
November 10, 2011
New Nurse Grad Open House
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