October 2013
From the Medical Staff office
Feature Story
Health care is becoming even more uncertain than the weather. Resident education continues to be revamped, the role of Advanced Practice Providers is being redefined, the Baby Boomer Generation is hitting 65, government regulation continues to increase, public scrutiny of outcomes is becoming more intense, accountable care may become the new norm, or not, and we all expect to be paid less. Taken together, these changes promise to be the most significant to medical practice since the creation of Medicare, maybe since the early 1900s.
In this issue...
Nearly 100 members of our medical staff participated in the eighth annual physician reception on Monday, Sept. 16 at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Hall. The event enables physicians to welcome new colleagues.

Enhanced Clinical Support (ECS) is a great way for providers to maximize the benefits of our Epic Electronic Medical Record system after go-live.

UpToDate is now accessible from your mobile phone and by directly logging into UpToDate. For more information contact the Health Sciences Library at 203-384-3615.

Brian DeBroff, MD, ophthalmology, authored the recently published book, The Eye Black Study, about the effectiveness of anti-glare products used by athletes – testing eye black against stickers and nothing at all.

Revisions last January to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations now provide organizations like the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation with expanded categories of patient information that can be used to encourage philanthropic support from grateful patients.

Using just three numbers, The Final Check, a process that helps ensure safe lab specimen collection by confirming patient identification, can save lives. For details, visit www.thefinalcheck.org.

Joseph (Brad) O’Connell, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, was one of many hospital representatives and government officials who addressed the audience attending the hospital’s Grant Street Plaza ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Shea Gregg, MD, FACS, is Bridgeport Hospital’s new chief of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Surgery.

Bridgeport Hospital podiatry surgery residents in training finished fourth among 28 podiatric residency programs and first in the preliminary round of the annual Podiatric Residency Education Summit, held in August in Teaneck, NJ.

Lee Ann Riley Memorial Breast Symposium, Wednesday, October 23, 1-5 p.m

Making the Difference Physician of the Year Beata Skudlarska, MD, executive director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, and seven other hospital staff members receiving the hospital’s highest awards for service excellence, are being honored on posters in the main lobby, secondfloor lobby corridor and the third-floor hallway leading to the Emergency Department.

Mahfuz Hoq, MD, medical director, Care Coordination, notes the latest reference for excisional debridement is from Coding Clinic, First Quarter 2013, page15: Terms excisional or excised are required.

Medical Staff members are invited to join President and CEO Bill Jennings and a guest from Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) leadership monthly on Mondays, 7-9 a.m., in the Medical Staff Lounge for breakfast and discussion.

On Feb. 1, 2012, pediatric services at Bridgeport Hospital were integrated with those at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH), creating a second YNHCH campus in Bridgeport and enhancing the high-quality care it already provides.

Welcome to Emily Greenstein, MD (Pediatrics), Kristin Lynch Gregg, MD (Emergency Medicine), Sajid Khan, MD (Surgery), Harsha Naik, MD (Medicine), Michael Nathanson, MD (Medicine), Vidhya Rao, MD (Medicine)