As a frontline healthcare provider, you play an essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our nation. In light of the recent presentation of an Ebola-positive patient in Texas, we wanted to remind all healthcare professionals that simple steps can be taken to prevent the spread of this disease. You can contribute to our country’s response by being ready to detect a potentially infected patient; protect yourself, your colleagues and other patients from exposure; and respond with appropriate patient care.


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The Florida State College of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is starting to come together.  One of the most important pieces to this program is the hiring of our new program coordinator, Lilly Lewis, who joined us in September. Thanks to the efforts of the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare administration and project manager, Kevin Kelsey, the physical space has been remodeled and the equipment essential to the activity of the program continues to be assembled.


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On October 1st, Tallahassee Memorial began facilitating telemedicine connections on a new technology platform through a partnership with Electronet, a local internet service provider.  The HIPAA compliant, secure videoconferencing software can be used on smart phones, tablets, iPads, laptops and desktop computers. This allows for providers, nurses and other clinicians to use the system on hardware that they are already using on a daily basis and to customize how they use it to meet their specific needs.


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Tallahassee Memorial is excited to welcome these new physicians to the medical staff.


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The journey to Interdisciplinary Shared Governance (ISG) officially started in October 2013 when all the ISG members completed the training and reviewed improvement topics for consideration submitted by colleagues.  To kick start this process, we created councils, voted for the Chair and Co-chair of each council and had the opportunity to dissect the content of the ISG by-laws.  Each council then worked on the improvement topics for consideration and made recommendations.


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Interdisciplinary Plan of Care (IPOC)

New module in Cerner for nursing and other support staff to document their plans of care, not for orders. “Plans of care” show under the orders tab in a new section called “Interdisciplinary.” Plans are “suggested” by the system based on clinical assessments and documentation, or chosen by the staff out of the IPOC catalogue.


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The Radiation Oncology department of Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center is very happy to provide State of the Art Radiation Therapy services to the community. The department sees patients from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our three TMH Physician Partner, Radiation Oncology Specialists physicians are supported by an excellent team of R.N., physics, dosimetry, radiation therapy, social work and administrative staff. 


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Tallahassee Memorial’s President and CEO Mark O’Bryant, with the full support of the TMH Board of Directors, has named Joseph M. Mazziotta, M.D., to be the new program director (in waiting) for the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Family Medicine Residency Program.  Dr. Mazziotta will assume the position on June 27, 2015, the day after graduation. This coincides with my retirement as director though I will continue as a faculty member.


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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is sufficient to expand coverage for cardiac rehabilitation services.


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Please save the date for the second annual Tallahassee Memorial Heart Symposium at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium from Friday, February 27 to Saturday, February 28. Beginning December 1, registration and additional information will be available at tmh.org/symposium.


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The Bixler Emergency Center completed three trials this summer to work on our internal flow plans in order to best treat our patients when the hospital is at capacity. Additionally, main lab and radiology continue to join us in developing back up plans for capacity occurrences.


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The Heart and Vascular Service Line of Tallahassee Memorial is acquiring the Cardiohelp System, a portable heart-lung support system that provides extracorporeal support to replace or support the patient’s circulation and respiration. This is commonly called cardiopulmonary support or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).


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