Grand Rounds December

Frist Announces Intention to Step Down from HCA Board

Tommy Frist, Jr. recently announced his intention to step down from the Board of Directors for HCA … the company he co-founded. Billy Frist, Tommy's son, will fill the vacant seat on the board at the beginning of 2009. His decision follows close on the heels of Jack Bovender's announcement that he will retire as CEO of HCA. The company has named Richard Bracken, the current COO, as his replacement.

Baptist To Name Renovated NICU After Beaman Family

Baptist Hospital's renovated NICU will be named the Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, honoring the lead gift by Lee and Kelley Beaman and the Alvin and Sally Beaman Foundation. "The Campaign for Thursday's Baby... and Every Baby" is Baptist Hospital Foundation's $5 million fundraising campaign to help raise capital for Baptist Hospital's obstetrics expansion projects. The majority of funds from the campaign are being utilized to expand the hospital's Level III NICU, which is being expanded from 27 to 52 beds. The estimated project cost is $9.6 million. The new Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will occupy 20,126 square feet of space and help meet increased patient volumes and long-term community needs.

SCRI Investigators Present Research Findings

In late October, two key researchers at Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) presented findings during the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on "Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics" in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jeffrey R. Infante, MD, presented the findings of a Phase I trial of the drug MLN8237, which inhibits Aurora A kinase, a protein that coordinates cell division and is found in excess in many tumor types, including breast, colon, pancreatic and bladder cancers. Infante worked with a team of investigators from SCRI, Fox Chase Cancer Center, University of North Carolina and Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company who administered different drug doses in 23 patients with advanced solid tumors. The researchers found preliminary evidence of tumor shrinkage in one patient with ovarian cancer.

Infante and Howard Burris, MD, SCRI's chief medical officer, are co-authors of four other abstracts that were presented at the conference. Those abstracts focused on recommended doses of other Aurora A and B kinase inhibitors; carfilzomib, a drug that blocks the action of proteasomes, or cellular complexes that break down proteins; and TH-302, a drug that attacks cells deprived of oxygen, a common trait of tumor cells.

Burris also delivered the main address at the Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York City on November 6. Burris gave the Ezra M. Greenspan Memorial Lecture, named for the medical oncology pioneer.

STHS Launches Center for Pelvic Health

Saint Thomas Health Services has launched a Center for Pelvic Health to help meet the needs of women suffering from pelvic health problems.

Joining STHS and anchoring the Center for Pelvic Health are Barry Jarnagin, MD, Jennifer Tatalovich, MD, and nurse practitioner Vanessa Hardy. Their practice, which is now affiliated with STHS, will be based in Williamson County near Cool Springs at the Center for Pelvic Health on Carothers Parkway.

Jarnagin earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Naval Hospital in San Diego followed by a fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Tatalovich was fellowship-trained in minimally invasive gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her residency and earned her medical degree at the University of Southern California.

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Awards, Honors, Recognitions

Nashvillians' hearts are in good hands. In the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success, which appeared last month in Modern Healthcare, both Saint Thomas Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center made the prestigious list. The 10th annual study examined the performance of 970 hospitals in the United States. This is the 7th time Saint Thomas Heart has received the recognition and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute's first appearance. In addition to the two Nashville institutions, Erlanger Health Services in Chattanooga was the only other Tennessee facility to be recognized.

Saint Thomas Hospital was also recently awarded the Medal of Honor from the Department of Health and Human Services for its life-saving organ donation rates. The award is presented to hospitals for donation rates of 75 percent or more for a sustained 12-month period. Saint Thomas is one of only 412 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Nashville to meet the 75 percent conversion rate for organ donations. This is the third consecutive year the hospital has received the HHS Medal of Honor.

Siloam Family Health Center has received $200,000 in unrestricted funding through Neighborhood Excellence Initiative® Awards from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Siloam and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee both received the prestigious Neighborhood Builders award.

Wal-Mart has also recently handed out a total of $400,000 in grants to six Middle Tennessee organizations including Hospital Hospitality House. Other recipients were Community Resource Center, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Oasis Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Special Olympics Tennessee.

Last month, NorthCrest Medical Center announced its laboratory has been recognized as an Advanced Sentinel Laboratory in the Laboratory Response Network (LRN). In 1999, the CDC established the LRN to create a network of labs that can respond to biological and chemical terrorism and other public health emergencies.

Sumner Regional Closes School Sports Medicine Program

Last month, Sumner Regional Health Systems announced it will no longer offer its sports medicine program at 12 schools in the health systems' service area as another step in its performance improvement plan. The program services will cease following the conclusion of high school football season on December 7, 2008.

Colvin Joins New Day as Director of Administrative Services

Veteran healthcare professional Debbie Colvin has joined New Day Pharmacy in Nashville as director of administrative services. Colvin has worked in the healthcare industry for 25 years, most recently as director of materials management for AmSurg Corp. She has extensive experience overseeing the materials management and purchasing process, as well as developing informational databases for acute care hospitals, homecare businesses and ambulatory surgery centers. In her new role, she will coordinate New Day Pharmacy's customer implementation, purchasing, marketing, licensure, and software systems.

Hung Joins Saint Thomas Heart, Bases Practice at Baptist

Heart failure expert Rebecca Rae Hung, MD, has joined Saint Thomas Heart, the largest, private cardiology practice in Tennessee. Most recently, Hung was affiliated with Vanderbilt Heart Institute and served as assistant professor for the heart failure and cardiac transplantation program and co-director of the Center for Inherited Heart Disease for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Hung, who will base her practice at the Baptist Hospital location in the Heritage Medical Building, earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a doctorate from Harvard University. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a cardiology fellowship with advanced training in heart failure and transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

TOA Murfreesboro Welcomes New Physicians

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance recently welcomed Matthew Barrett, MD, and Shawn Brown, MD, to the Murfreesboro clinic on Medical Center Parkway.

Barrett earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedics at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital where he became the chief resident physician. Barrett had a fellowship in Joint Replacement at The Anderson Clinic in Alexandria, Va.

Brown earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship.

Falterman Joins Saint Thomas Heart at MTMC

Saint Thomas Heart recently announced the addition of Interventional cardiologist Chester J. Falterman, MD, FACC. Falterman will join his former partner from New Orleans, G. Britton Mioton, MD, in Murfreesboro and will care for patients at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

Falterman completed his bachelor's degree in pre-med from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. and received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile and received his fellowship in cardiology from Ochsner Foundation Clinic and Hospital in New Orleans. Falterman received multiple accolades during his tenure in New Orleans.

Pain Specialist Joins Skyline Medical Center

Hemal V. Mehta, MD, who specializes in physical rehabilitation and pain management, has joined the medical staff at Skyline Medical Center.

Mehta is board certified in pain medicine and received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine-Portsmith, Dominica. He completed his residency and internship at Pitt County Memorial Hospital at East Carolina University School of Medicine.

Baptist Sports Medicine Acquires Bioness Foot Drop System

Baptist Sports Medicine has recently added the state-of-the-art NESS L300 Foot Drop System to their Downtown Plaza clinic. The device, which received the prestigious Gold 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award, will be used as a part of a comprehensive neurological rehabilitation program in an effort to help patients regain mobility. The NESS L300 Foot Drop System is a non-invasive, advanced neuroprosthesis indicated for treatment of foot drop, which often occurs in patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury.

Funding for the device was made possible with a grant from the Saint Thomas Health Services' Verne Allen Neurosciences Fund.

Skyline Medical Center Names New Board Trustee

Barrett Conner, MD, has been named to the Skyline Medical Center Board of Trustees. Conner is a board certified pulmonologist and will begin his new board leadership role in January. "It is an honor to welcome Dr. Conner to our board. His expertise will be invaluable as we chart the future path of hospital," said Mike Garfield, Skyline COO.

TAFP Installs Officers

Lee Carter, MD, of Huntingdon has been installed as 2009 President of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians at the organization's 60th Annual Scientific Assembly held in Gatlinburg. Other elected officers include: T. Scott Holder, MD, president-elect (Winchester); R. Wesley, MD, vice president (Powell); Gregg Mitchell, MD, secretary-treasurer (Jackson); B. Alan Wallstedt, MD, speaker (Brentwood); and Lang Smith, MD, vice speaker (Columbia).

NorthCrest Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield recently announced Adele Dorris has been named executive director of the NorthCrest Foundation. She most recently served as the director of development and outreach for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation in Nashville.

Mollo Named Advisor to LifeSharers

Thomas Mollo, executive director of the National Kidney Registry, has agreed to serve as an advisor to LifeSharers, a non-profit network of organ donors launched in 2002 that gives registered organ donors preferred access to transplantable organs.

LifeSharers members agree to donate their organs when they die. They also direct that their organs be offered first to other LifeSharers members, if any member who needs them is a suitable match, before offering them to non-members.

Hirsch Named CNO for Baptist Hospital

Kathleen Hirsch has been named chief nursing officer for Baptist Hospital, after serving in an interim capacity since February 2008. She officially assumes CNO duties on Dec. 31. Hirsch, who is a certified emergency nurse, has more than 10 years of experience in hospital leadership and nearly 30 years of clinical experience.