January 2015
From the Medical Staff office
Feature Story
This promises to be a very interesting year for health care. Many of us are concerned about the changes in Medicare and now it turns out the insurance companies are sprinting ahead of Medicare in the race to lower costs.
In this issue...
The Bridgeport Hospital Foundation received seven gifts totaling $1,300 in honor of Emergency Department staff.

In the wake of Tenet Healthcare’s decision to withdraw its applications to purchase five Connecticut hospitals, Yale New Haven Health System is exploring other ways to expand people’s access to quality care throughout the state.

Allen Hsiao, MD, was appointed chief medical information officer (CMIO) for Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) and Yale School of Medicine (YSM).

There is more to know about Epic than basic functionality, like its strong reporting capabilities.

SkyHealth, the new air ambulance service jointly run by YNHHS and North Shore-LIJ Health System, made its first official flight Nov. 14.

The Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute Electrophysiology team at Bridgeport Hospital performed its first Lariat procedure Nov. 25 to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Although transfusion is considered the primary treatment for anemia, it is also associated with increased complications, mortality and length of stay.

A presentation by Stacey Rotta, MD, Burn fellow, earned second prize in the fellow/resident competition of the Southern Region Burn Conference in Houston, TX, Nov. 15.

Bridgeport Hospital’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is hosting the traveling exhibit entitled Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons, Dec. 23 – Jan. 30, in the lobby mezzanine near the skybridge entrance from the Kaulbach Parking Pavilion.

More than 2,000 meals were served to employees and physicians over three shifts at Bridgeport Hospital’s annual holiday celebration, Dec. 18 – 19 in Fresh Inspirations Café.

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) at Bridgeport Hospital opened a pediatric sleep center Dec. 3, conducting its first sleep study.

Zane Saul, MD, chief of infectious diseases, along with one of his patients, was featured on the Nov. 20 national telecast of Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me.

Nearly 2,600 Bridgeport Hospital employees and contracted staff (96 percent) attended one of the 100 Safety Starts with Me High Reliability Organization (HRO) training sessions in the last six months. Nearly 120 others still need to take the class.