Hospital board meets Monday

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 24, 2013

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The Decatur Hospital Authority board is expected to formalize new criteria for Family Practice physicians when it meets Monday.

The board will consider a recommendation from the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) to revise the standard form provided to FP physicians applying for staff privileges at the hospital, to further document the obstetrics policy changes they approved last month.

At its July 29 meeting, the board approved granting obstetric privileges to Family Practice physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible and have met specific criteria relating to the number of babies they deliver.

Three doctors – Dr. Jeff Alling, Dr. Brad Faglie and Dr. Shawn White – were immediately granted OB privileges after that meeting. They had formerly delivered babies at North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport, which was purchased out of bankruptcy by Wise Regional earlier this year.

Prior to last month, Wise Regional Health System’s policy only allowed board-certified OB/GYN specialists to deliver babies.

At Monday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s board room, the board will hear public comments, then close the doors for an executive session to hear an MEC report and quality assurance/performance improvement reports, discuss potential litigation and review information relating to proposed new services or existing product lines.

When they open back up, they will consider new appointments for four physicians, two Certified RN Anesthetists and a Nurse Practitioner, then do a bi-annual review for two doctors and a CRNA, and a first-year review for three doctors and two CRNAs.

After an administrative report from CEO Steve Summers, the board will hear financial and building committee reports and review the system’s financial, service line and investment reports.

Also up for approval are annual insurance policy renewals and a lease renewal with EMOB Decatur, LP, the hospital’s medical oncology service.

The meeting is open to the public.

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