Pen Bay Healthcare announces new projects in clinical excellence
Pen Bay Healthcare’s Projects in Clinical Excellence announces the creation of a Physician Excellence Fund.
This fund was initiated through a generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cawley, who are grateful for the care they have received from Pen Bay’s outstanding physicians over the years. The intent of this investment is to initiate teaching, research and physician-led initiatives at Pen Bay that would typically be available only at major academic centers, as well as advance community care options for our Midcoast community.
The Projects in Clinical Excellence are a part of Pen Bay Healthcare’s Partnership Care Initiative. Partnership care focuses on improving patient safety, satisfaction and health by creating and sustaining a patient-centered culture of caring. Patient-centered care, our personal health and the health of our community all rely on having a deep bench of physician talent today and into the future.
The four inaugural Physician Excellence initiatives are: Multiple Sclerosis rehabilitation, early screening for lead toxicity, high cholesterol and anemia in children, second stroke prevention, and the development of Pen Bay Medical Center as a teaching site for Tufts University medical students
Multiple sclerosis rehabilitation — Dr. Alexandra Degenhardt will develop a team of six MS rehabilitation specialists and provide training at the highest national standards to provide MS rehabilitation care to patients of the Pen Bay Healthcare system.
Dr. Degenhardt, neurologist and MS specialist, has been at Pen Bay Medical Center since 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in neurobiology and psychology from Cornell University, received her medical degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in clinical research from MIT/Harvard Medical School and completed her neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Early screening for lead toxicity, high cholesterol and anemia in children — Dr. William Stephenson’s project, Good to the Last Drop, will make available recommended pediatric screening tests right in the office during child wellness visits. The purpose is to screen early and hopefully reduce costly and separate hospital visits to draw blood. The nearly painless procedure to screen for these issues in the doctor’s office requires only a fingerstick. The Clinical Excellence funds will provide for necessary equipment and staff training.
Dr. William Stephenson, pediatrician, has been at Pen Bay since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. and medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. Dr. Stephenson completed his residency at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania.
Secondary stroke prevention — Dr. Robert Stein will research the incidence and outcome of stroke within the Pen Bay Healthcare service area to develop an effective and patient-centered approach to secondary stroke prevention to reduce the rates of stroke recurrence, disability and death from vascular events. Since 2007, Pen Bay Medical Center has achieved Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.
Dr. Robert Stein, neurologist, has been at Pen Bay Medical Center since 1985. He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, Mass., medical degree from Rush Medical College and neurology residency at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. Dr. Stein is chief of Neurology Services, medical director of Anticoagulation Services, Clinical Research and the Stroke Center at Pen Bay Medical Center.
The development of Pen Bay Medical Center as a teaching site for Tufts University — Dr. Kirsten Staples will lead the development of Pen Bay Medical Center as teaching site for two third-year year medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine to learn clinical medicine in a community setting.
Dr. Kirsten Staples, internist, has been at Pen Bay Medical Center since 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from Williams College, her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. She trained in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY and completed her internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.
Investments in projects like these will make employment at Pen Bay unique and valued, giving Pen Bay Healthcare a powerful platform for retention and recruitment of physicians. Mr. and Mrs. Cawley state, “We are proud to assist Pen Bay in their efforts to recruit and retain outstanding physicians for the Midcoast region. We will all benefit from this initiative." Future investors in this new fund will support and expand the talent within Pen Bay Healthcare's physician community and join in the legacy of Clinical Excellence that Mr. and Mrs. Cawley helped begin.
Look for more information about Projects in Clinical Excellence by signing up for our community e-newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are four additional 2013 projects for which the physicians on the Clinical Excellence Committee are seeking funds. On behalf of the Pen Bay Healthcare Executive Team we greatly appreciate this unique opportunity to engage our physicians in projects that honor their pursuit of excellence, provide measurable benefits to our patients and ultimately help ensure our community healthcare system is staffed with top flight physicians. For questions about the Projects in Clinical Excellence, please call Dr. David T. Bachman at 596-8315 or Nicole den Ouden at 594-6710.
David T. Bachman is chief medical director at Pen Bay Healthcare.