Wise Regional’s accreditation renewed

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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After an exhaustive on-site visit, Wise Regional Health System has been re-accredited by the Joint Commission until August 2015.

Steve Summers, CEO, told his board Monday evening that 23 of Wise Regional’s ancillary facilities, including primary care, physical therapy, dialysis and other off-site clinics, were also included in that accreditation.

The Cancer Center at Wise Regional underwent inspection by another credentialing group – the Commission on Cancer – and received Accreditation with Commendation, Summers said. The three-year accreditation will be up for renewal in September 2016.

Meeting in its regular monthly session, the board handled a fairly routine agenda that nevertheless included several other highlights.

The board approved a five-year agreement with Air Evac EMS, Inc. for site services, including a land lease site of 8,460 square feet to be used for their crew quarters. Lisa Ponce, program director at Air Evac Lifeteam, spoke to the board about leasing property on the hospital campus.

The board also approved:

  • an operating lease agreement with AHC Ventures LLC for Cath lab equipment at the still-under-construction Parkway Surgical Center;
  • $125,000 in bond rating agency fees to pursue refinancing of bond debt;
  • the appointment of Jeff Sicking, Donna Stowers and Lisa Long Bradshaw to the Wise Regional Health Foundation board;
  • a consulting agreement with International ATMO, Inc. for hyperbaric service education and training;
  • purchase of two ‘virtual’ servers and related switches to increase computing capacity, $216,473;
  • a two-year lease extension agreement at 1705 South FM 51 for physical therapy services;
  • a recruitment agreement with Arshad Mustafa, MD, rheumatology.

As usual, the board approved several to the medical staff, reviewed and approved biannual reappointments and first-year reviews for several physicians based on the recommendations of the medical executive committee.

New appointments include Farhan Khan, MD, internal medicine/hospitalist, and Rhonda Walker, CRNA, in anesthesia.

Biannual reappointments went to Bret Bentz, PhD, psychology; Bradley Leonard, MD, cardiology; Jason Schuh, MD, anesthesia; Sarah Smith, CRNA, anesthesia; Kathy Toler, MD, neurology; and David Kim, MD, general/bariatric Surgery.

First-rear reviews were approved for Nives Champion, PA-C, Surgery; David N. Edwards, MD, Cardiology; Angela Hartzler, CRNA, Anesthesia; James Sowards, NP, Family Practice, and Arshad Yousuf, MD, General/Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The board also approved granting obstetric and neonatal privileges to Elva Camero, MD, pending her completion of a resuscitation program and revisions to Bariatric core privileges.

Dr. Camaro was one of the physicians on staff at the former North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport who provided OB/GYN care. Wise Regional changed its policy recently to set standards and allow those physicians who meet the standards to continue providing that service at both the Decatur and Bridgeport campuses of WRHS.

Previous policy was to allow only OB/GYN specialists to do deliveries at Wise Regional.

Chief Nursing Officer Sue Sewell told directors that the 4-bed ICU at the Bridgeport campus has been open since the end of September and is providing “a great service” to the physicians at that location.

The hospital in Bridgeport was remodeled earlier this year, with only the ER and a few beds remaining open. It re-opened completely in May, but ICU and labor and delivery had been moved to Decatur. It was determined that an ICU was also needed there to support surgical services.

Board members also heard reports on Wise Regional’s four Delivery System Reform Incentive (DSRIP) projects, part of a statewide program to develop projects which attempt to achieve health improvement goals. These include coordinating programs for critically ill patients, reducing obesity in children, the development of medical home relationships in clinic settings and a Telemedicine program.

Summers also went over the results of a Community Health Assessment Survey conducted online, containing questions on a broad range of information concerning health, wellness and community health resources in Wise County. The survey can be accessed at:

Summers told the board the construction of the Parkway hospital continues to progress and should be completed near the end of January. At that time some of the larger equipment should be installed, although it will still take one to two months to get the facility open.

There was also a report on the progress of the implementation of the Soarian Clinicals system by Siemens Healthcare and the hospital staff.

The system will eventually transform Wise Regional into a “paperless hospital” that can compile in electronic format all the information needed by the people involved in the care process, including medical history, results, links to image and video data or doctors’ letters.

The board’s next meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Administration Board Room at the hospital, 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur.

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