July 2014
From the Medical Staff office
Feature Story
Medicine is an inherently risky business. We are often compared to the airline industry for our safety profile, but I am not overly fond of that analogy. The overwhelming majority of planes never crash, but all our patients eventually die. Pilots would not fly planes down three of four engines and with a faulty hydraulic system. And mechanics definitely wouldn’t try to fix that plane while it was flying.
In this issue...
Read about Patrick Schmincke, MaryEllen Kosturko, Stacy Vaeth, Mary Christoffersen, Gini Neglia, Marc Brunetti, Michael Tatta, Barry Barkinsky, Paul Possenti, Gina Calder and Dan Walsh.

As of April 1, Yale New Haven Health System hospitals are voluntarily participating in the Medicare initiative called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 2. YNHHS has chosen to participate in two major patient care areas of the initiative: Heart and Vascular, and Orthopedics. The initiative goal is to provide patient-centered, cost-effective care that improves patient outcomes.

Two PriMed executives were recently named to Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) leadership positions.

Brenda Renzulli, APRN, and Susan Storck, APRN, from Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Geriatrics, presented “Seamless Geriatric Care” at the April Connecticut APRN Conference in Woodbridge.

A record 750-plus participated in the 11th annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run May 25 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

PriMed, a large primary and specialty physician practice based primarily in Fairfield County with more than 100 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, and nearly 500 employees at 31 locations, officially became Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) practice locations June 1.

Tanya Srdanovic recently joined Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) as senior manager, HIM Operations, reporting to Cindy Zak, executive director.

YNHHS’s clinical redesign initiative involves a systematic and comprehensive approach to improving the value of care delivery and measurably improving quality while aiming to reduce expenses by more than $60 million a year.

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s June 13 Rose of Hope Luncheon in Fairfield drew a record 580-plus attendees. Proceeds, which topped $335,000 in 2013, were also expected to set a record. Funds support the center’s program for underserved women.

Two opportunities are available to recognize Bridgeport Hospital staff for outstanding performance.

The Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary annual spring gala on Thursday, May 22, at the Birchwood Country Club, Westport, honored recently retired Greg Hulcher, MD, Internal Medicine, and M. Clive Robinson, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery.

For the third time in four years, Bridgeport Hospital earned a Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures to treat stroke patients.