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St. Joseph Hoag Health Names Tarek A. Salaway as Chief Operating Officer of Mission Hospital

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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Email: nisha.morris@stjoe.org


 St. Joseph Hoag Health Names Tarek A. Salaway as Chief Operating Officer of Mission Hospital


MISSION VIEJO, CA, March 8, 2016 Mission Hospital, part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, today announced that Tarek A. Salaway, MHA, MPH, MA, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Mission Hospital, one of seven not-for-profit hospitals operated by the health system.

 

In his new position, Salaway will be responsible for maximizing the operational performance of Mission Hospital’s campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach as well as its off-site locations, including inpatient and outpatient centers and associated services. He will play a key role in developing the hospital’s strategic direction and optimizing the market presence of the hospital in the Orange County region. Salaway will oversee a wide range of clinical and ancillary programs that are core to Mission Hospital, and he will also be responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for growth.

 

The chief operating officer plays an extremely important executive role in the success of Mission Hospital. Having a proven leader like Tarek Salaway in that role fortifies our more than 40-year-old ministry and strengthens our ability to provide our communities with access to advanced, integrated care in the years to come,” said Richard Afable, MD, interim CEO of Mission Hospital and President and CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health, the Southern California region of St. Joseph Health. St. Joseph Hoag Health, of which Mission Hospital is a vital part, is committed to transforming the delivery of care through innovations that foster ever higher quality, access, and efficiency,Dr. Afable continued. Mr. Salaway provides Mission Hospital with senior-level experience and talent to implement its goals in all aspects of our operations.

 

I am truly honored for the opportunity to join the Mission Hospital leadership team, said Salaway. Mission Hospital, like many hospitals in Southern California, operates in a changing and intensely competitive market. I look forward to developing our clinical programs and mobilizing our stakeholders to be best positioned to respond to the market and deliver high quality results for patients and their families.


Salaway comes to Mission Hospital after serving as the chief operating officer at Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California (USC), which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. His experience in the health care clinical operations and business management spans more than 20 years and includes progressively responsible leadership positions at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Providence Health & Services.

 

Salaway completed his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree at the University of Washington. He earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, with an emphasis in epidemiology  and health services, and his Master of Arts in international relations, at the University of Washington. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French literature from the University of California, San Diego. Salaway, a native of Southern California, resides in Aliso Viejo.

 

About Mission Hospital

 

As a part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, Mission Hospital was founded in Mission Viejo in 1971 and has since grown to a two-campus facility with 552 beds and approximately 2,500 employees. Mission Hospital, a ministry of St. Joseph Health, has been serving the greater needs of the community for more than 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is an acute care, full- service facility providing advanced health care services and diagnostic care to south Orange County and is the only designated trauma center in South Orange County. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (MHLB) provides South Orange County coastal communities with 24-hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry services. Mission Hospital offers specialty care in cardiovascular, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics, women’s services, urology, behavioral health, head and neck and other key specialties. CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a 48-bed facility that is the area’s only dedicated pediatric hospital for more than two decades. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence, Mission Hospital has received numerous awards and recognition for its high quality of care. For more information, visit www.mission4health.com.



Allied Anesthesia Offers Surgery Survival Tips for Parents in the New Year

Contact: 
Paul Yost 714-619-5383
pyost@alliedanesthesia.com
http://www.alliedanesthesia.com/


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orange, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2015) –Many people see the New Year as a time to reflect, restore and revitalize.

But, for children who are scheduled to have surgery in the New Year, it’s a time for fear and anxiety.

Allied Anesthesia doctors, who provide anesthesia and pain management services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and other hospitals around the Southland, are committed to ensuring that every pediatric patient they encounter is as comfortable and unafraid as possible, no matter how difficult and dangerous the procedure. 

With that in mind, they have compiled some tips for parents to help make their child’s experience less mysterious and miserable and more positive and productive.

  1. Whether the child is undergoing a minor outpatient procedure or major surgery, it's important for parents to remain calm and reassuring. Children take their cues from their parents. If their parents are worried and anxious, they will be worried and anxious as well. 
  2. It’s best if children and parents have an idea what to expect. There are many age-appropriate books on the market featuring familiar characters such as “A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital” and “Curious George Goes to the Hospital.”  Sit down with your child and read it together.
  3. Many children are afraid of being alone either before or after the procedure. Hospitals are much more family friendly today than they were in the past.  Parents should assure their children that they will stay with them up until time for the operation and be there waiting for them when they move into recovery.  
  4. Younger children might enjoy playing “doctor” with a doll or stuffed animal.  Parents can purchase a kit with toy instruments and show them how to take the doll’s temperature or listen to its heartbeat. Older children might benefit from a pre-operative tour of the hospital where they will meet members of the hospital staff and become familiar with the rooms, equipment and procedures. 
  5. When talking about medical procedures, avoid using alarming language such as “the doctor will cut you open” or “you’ll be put to sleep,” which young children might equate to what happens when their pets get sick.
  6. Instead of focusing on what the doctor is going to do, focus on the outcome such as “after your knee surgery, you will be able to play baseball again.”

Above all, be honest and reassuring. 

About Allied Anesthesia: With over 100 highly qualified physician anesthesiologists on staff, Allied Anesthesia provides adult and pediatric anesthesia services to St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, CHOC Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, St. Mary’s Hospital in Apple Valley and many other Southern California health care facilities. In 2014, Allied Anesthesia joined with Fullerton Anesthesia Associates and Upland Anesthesia Medical Group to consolidate best practices in more than six hospitals and more than a dozen ambulatory surgery centers. The expanded medical practice is dedicated to offering the highest comprehensive quality of care and the most cost-effective procedures in all facilities they serve. All Allied physician anesthesiologists are board certified in Anesthesiology and they staff and manage the most efficient operating rooms in Southern California. Allied is a member of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Anesthesia Quality Institute.  

For more information, visit:  http://www.alliedanesthesia.com

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COMING THIS NOVEMBER TO A BALLOT NEAR YOU: ANOTHER FLAWED GOVERNMENT-RUN DATABASE MANDATE WITH NEW THREATS TO PERSONAL PRIVACY

Experts Agree MICRA Measure Mandate “Won’t Work” While Opening Floodgates to Personal Prescription Drug Records of Millions of Californians with No Additional Security Safeguards 

SACRAMENTO – A coalition of business, medical, labor and civil liberties organizations have come together to fight a misguided, deceptive initiative that would increase health costs, reduce health access, and rely on a government-run computer system that isn’t close to fully functional – all while putting the prescription drug histories of millions of California patients at privacy risk with no additional security protections.

The initiative, which qualified for the November ballot on May 15, 2014, is written and funded by trial attorneys and their allies.  In addition to increasing the overall number of medical lawsuits and the cost of health care across the board, it contains a number of unrelated provisions designed to mislead and deceive voters – including a little-discussed mandate relying on a massive expansion of a government-run prescription drug database, which third-party analysts say cannot be implemented as written and will leave personal medical information vulnerable to privacy breach.   
 
“We always knew this flawed measure was bad for the pocketbooks of everyday Californians, but the more they read the fine print, the more they realize it’s equally bad for their personal privacy,” said Jim DeBoo, campaign manager for the broad-based coalition of Californians formed to oppose the initiative.  “If this measure passes, it will mandate a database that isn’t properly working and open the privacy floodgates to the sensitive personal medical data of millions of Californians with no increased security safeguards or funding.  It’s a hacker’s dream – and a privacy nightmare.”

The so-called MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) initiative requires health care practitioners and pharmacists to consult a government-run prescription drug database (known as CURES) prior to prescribing or dispensing Schedule II or III controlled substances to patients.

The mandate relies on the uploading of personal prescription drug records of millions of California patients onto the database – accessible by hundreds of thousands of users.  But the initiative fails to add new funding for its expedited expansion or require any additional security standards or safeguards to prevent hacking, theft or improper access by non-medical personnel.

What’s more, experts say the CURES mandate will not work as required by the measure, will not be operational by the law’s effective date and will put doctors in the impossible position of choosing between violating their oath as health providers or violating the law.

“The CURES mandate on physicians cannot be implemented as written.  CURES needs to be updated and modernized and nothing in the initiative does that.” said Tim Gage, former California Finance Director and Principal at Blue Sky Consulting.  “Therefore, the initiative will put health providers in the untenable position of either violating the new law or withholding necessary treatment from patients unless the law is suspended.”

“The consequences of mandating the use of a government-run website that experts say won’t work when required before physicians are allowed to prescribe needed medication is nothing less than a recipe for disaster,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, M.D., President of the California Medical Association.    
 
The CURES database mandate problem comes at a time of widespread reports of illegal hacking, much of it involving digital medical records. Studies show that public fears about personal privacy are at an all-time high.  Last month, it was reported the FBI had taken the extraordinary step of warning that the entire health sector was particularly vulnerable to “attacks by hackers searching for Americans’ personal medical records” (Reuters, April 23, 2014). 
 
Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported 991 separate incidences of medical data breaches involving 500 people or more, affecting a total of 30 million patients.  While many states are moving to increase protections for online prescription drug data, this measure would have the opposite effect in California.

“The public and lawmakers are really starting to understand what kinds of threats to privacy come when you start centralizing great quantities of sensitive personal information in giant electronic databases,” said Nathan Wessler, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, last week to the Wall Street Journal (May 7, 2014).

As proposed, the CURES database maintains an accessible online record of every dispensed prescription of a Schedule II or III controlled substance, including highly sensitive and potentially stigmatizing details about a person’s health.  This prescription information could include medicines used to treat anxiety, insomnia, obesity, narcolepsy, drug detoxification, pain, epilepsy, conditions related to cancer and AIDS, asthma, chronic infection, and other sensitive medical conditions.

The MICRA lawsuit measure which qualified today is formally opposed by (partial list):   

  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ninth District
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 477
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California
  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD), AFSCME Local 206
  • California Medical Association
  • California Dental Association
  • California Hospital Association
  • California Pharmacists Association
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter
  • California Association of Physician Groups
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Community Clinics Association of Los Angeles County
  • La Clínica de La Raza
  • California Association of Rural Health Clinics
  • Central Valley Health Network
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Long Beach
  • American Civil Liberties Union of California 

To learn much more about the myriad hidden costs, consequences and flaws in the trial-lawyer-supported MICRA lawsuit initiative, visit the “Stop Higher Health Care Costs/Protect Access to Care” website at: www.StopHigherHealthCareCosts.com.

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Orange County Medical Association Selects Acentec, Inc. as Business Partner

National healthcare technology firm will extend special offers on HIPAA compliance to OCMA Physician Members

Irvine, Calif., May 20, 2014 - The Orange County Medical Association is pleased to announce another benefit of membership.  The OCMA has designated Acentec, Inc. as its Business Partner for physicians seeking cost effective and complete HIPAA compliance and IT management. 
 
Acentec has agreed to offer OCMA members discounts up to 20% for HIPAA compliance and IT management needs.
 
"We're pleased to offer OCMA members the security and protection of our  HIPAA compliance and healthcare IT services," said Jeff Mongelli, CEO of Acentec, Inc. "New HIPAA requirements and increased penalties make the proper care and handling of sensitive patient health information essential for every provider and medical organization. We share in the common goal of OCMA members of keeping private information secure so our community can benefit from the authorized access of those who need it."
 
The following Acentec services are included in our relationship with OCMA members: discounted HIPAA compliance services including annual risk assessments, documentation, and employee training; IT services including network and systems management and monitoring, HIPAA compliant remote back-up and hosting, secure email & messaging, business disaster recovery that eliminates or minimizes downtime and data loss, and 24/7 access to our support staff.
 
 Acentec's corporate offices are located in Irvine, CA and they have staff  located nationwide.
 
About Acentec, Inc.
Southern California-based Acentec, Inc. provides a full range of healthcare IT services to medical practices nationwide. Our services include medical billing, IT management and support, EMR software support, HIPAA compliance, and a certified patient portal. For more information, visit http://www.acentec.com.
 

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Award Created for OCMA Past President

The first Standiford Helm, M.D., award bestowed upon Dr. Helm last Saturday

Orange County – The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP) presented Standiford Helm, M.D., M.B.A., with an award that was also named in his honor on Saturday, September 21, 2013. 

The Standiford Helm, M.D., award will be presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding service in promoting and protecting the specialty of Interventional Pain Management. Recipients of the award will be chosen by the board of directors based on an exceptional record of commitment to advancing the field of Interventional Pain Management through scholarly activity and advocacy on behalf of the specialty. 

“I am both humbled and honored to have such an award named after me,” Dr. Helm said. “I have dedicated my career to ensuring that patients suffering from chronic pain conditions have access to safe, quality care that allows them to live as fully as possible. CASIPP’s creation of an award recognizing that work will hopefully encourage other physicians in the specialty to keep working toward better solutions for patients.” 

Dr. Helm is a past president of CASIPP, the Immediate Past President of the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association (CMA), representing over 37,000 physicians statewide. He was named one of the “Top Docs” by US News & World Report in 2012.

“We are lucky to have physicians like Dr. Helm as part of CMA and in the workforce treating patients,” said Paul R. Phinney, M.D., CMA president. "The management of chronic pain is complex but vitally important for affected patients and their families, all of whom stand to benefit greatly by Dr. Helm's tireless commitment."   

Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982 and both works and lives in Orange County. He is the Medical Director at The Helm Center for Pain Management. The presentation of this first Standiford Helm, M.D., Award took place during the Annual Meeting of CASIPP at the Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes. 

Physician Killed by Patient at Hoag Health Center

A recent shooting at Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach has resulted in the death of Ronald Franklin Gilbert, MD. A troubled patient shot the physician in an exam room, however it has not been confirmed if the patient was under the care of Dr. Gilbert. In response to the terrible event, Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) President Standiford Helm II, MD, issued the following statement:

"It is with deep remorse that my colleagues at OCMA and I recognize the tragic incidence that occurred on Monday, January 28 at the Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach. We extend our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family members, friends, patients and colleagues of Dr. Gilbert.

"This devastating occurrence has shocked and confused many of us and although we will never fully understand the chain of events, we can only hope for better awareness and preparation to avoid such circumstance in the future.

"Physician groups in California, including the California Medical Association (CMA) and OCMA, have a long history of carefully evaluating issues related to gun control and safety, and have thoroughly debated policy for decades. We believe that open communication and education about firearm safety should be available for physicians and their patients, and that public health officials and physicians work together on these tough issues.

"In light of recent events, OCMA is taking a proactive approach and has partnered with ARIXMAR, a firm that is owned and operated by former FBI Special Agents, to provide Orange County physicians with a seminar series on "Work Place Violence Prevention & Response."

"Dr. Gilbert will be greatly missed by his loved ones, his friends, his many patients and the entire Orange County medical community."

Orange County Medical Association Selects Farmers & Merchants Bank as Preferred Business Partner

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 -  Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) has been selected by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) as a Preferred Business Partner for physicians seeking personal and professional banking products and services.

 

"F&M is dedicated to delivering tailored products and services for the medical community," said Daniel K. Walker, F&M's Chairman and CEO. "We have served the community for more than a century and have worked with medical professionals in our Memorial Hospital branch for more than 30 years. This rich history and depth of experience allows us to ensure physicians' banking needs are met with the utmost efficiency and convenience."

 

F&M's Physician Banking Suite of Services provides attentive service and specialized products to the medical community, including concierge services, account analysis, business credit cards, remote deposit capture, lockbox service, online business banking, merchant services and lines of credit and loans. OCMA members will receive a 15 percent credit toward their analysis fees as part of the partnership.

 

F&M and OCMA also will join forces to provide educational seminars and resources geared toward effective financial planning and practice management and will feature insights from some of the region's leading medical and financial professionals.

 

The strategic business partnership with F&M Bank reinforces OCMA's commitment to bring added value to its members by aligning with companies who offer specialized services for physicians, allowing physicians to focus their attention on patient care.

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About Farmers & Merchants Bank


Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank has 21 branches in L.A. and Orange counties. The Bank specializes in commercial and small business banking along with business loan programs. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach is a California state chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about F&M, please visit the website at www.fmb.com or contact Brian Nakamura, Vice President/Physician's Banking Suite Coordinator  at: 

(714) 472-6611 or brian.nakamura@fmb.com.



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