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News – May 2013

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Dr. Toni Ganzel named dean of UofL School of Medicine

LOUISVILLE Toni M. Ganzel, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her appointment is effective on or before June 1 and is subject to approval by the UofL Board of Trustees.

Ganzel has served as interim dean since March 2012, replacing Edward Halperin, MD, who stepped down as dean in early 2012.

“Dr. Ganzel was a key member of the team that helped develop the partnership between the University of Louisville and KentuckyOne Health,” said David L. Dunn, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health affairs. “She is critical to the implementation of our strategic initiatives as it relates to attacking many of the health issues we face within Kentucky. Additionally, she led the School of Medicine through the arduous self study and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) site visit, the national accrediting body for schools of medicine. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that our school continues to meet the needs of our faculty, staff and students and that we work to fulfill our mission for the UofL becoming a premier metropolitan research university.

Ganzel joined UofL in 1983 as an assistant professor in otolaryngology. She served as chief of otolaryngology at Kosair Children’s Hospital from 1989 to 2002 and director of the division of otolaryngology at UofL from 1993 to 2001, when she was named associate dean of student affairs for the School of Medicine. In 2003 she was named senior associate dean for students and academic affairs in the school.

A native of New Mexico, Ganzel earned her bachelor of science and medical degrees from the University of Nebraska. She earned a master’s degree in business administration/medical group management from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She completed her residency in otolaryngology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center before joining the faculty at the Creighton University School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. ELAM is the nation’s only in-depth program that develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

Pagni Joins Baptist Surgical Associates

LOUISVILLE Sebastian Pagni, MD, cardiothoracic surgery, has joined Baptist Cardiac Surgery, part of Baptist Surgical Associates.

Pagni is a 1989 graduate of the National University of La Plata School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery internship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1992, and his residency there in 1996, serving as chief resident his final year. He completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Hospital Espańol de Buenos Aires, and a thoracic and cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Louisville, both in 2001. Pagni is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.

Cyrus joins Baptist Medical associates

LOUISVILLE Jahangir Cyrus, MD, endocrinology, has joined Baptist Medical Associates at 4003 Kresge Way, Ste. 400.

Cyrus is a 1969 graduate of the Tehran University School of Medicine in Tehran, Persia. He completed his internal medicine internship at MacNeil Memorial Hospital in Derwin, Ill., in 1970; and his internal medicine residency at Veterans Administration Hospital in Dayton, Ohio in 1973. Cyrus completed an endocrinology fellowship at George Washington University Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 1975. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Williams joins Baptist Medical Associates

LOUISVILLE Lisa Williams, APRN, MSN, CDE, has joined Baptist Medical Associates at 4003 Kresge Way, Ste. 400.

Williams is a 2007 graduate of the Northern Kentucky University adult to family nurse practitioner program. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spalding University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisville. She is a certified diabetes educator.

Hoven Selected One of the ‘Top 25 Women in Healthcare’

LEXINGTON Dr. Ardis Hoven, internal medicine and infectious disease specialist at the University of Kentucky and president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), has been selected one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

The selection, made by the editors of Modern Healthcare magazine, honors executives in all fields of health care “for making a positive difference in the industry.”

Hoven, who received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and then her medical degree from UK, will begin her term as American Medical Association president in June, making her the third woman to hold that position.

Hoven, 68, previously served as president of the Kentucky Medical Association, where she first got involved in the 1980s to advocate on behalf of patients with HIV/ AIDS. She has been on the AMA board of trustees since 2005, serving as chair from 2010 to 2011.

Lee Named Medical Director of Stroke Care

LEXINGTON Dr. Jessica D. Lee has been named UK HealthCare Medical Director of Stroke Care. Lee assumes the responsibilities formerly held by Dr. Michael Dobbs.

In her new role, Lee will work with members of the enterprise stroke leadership team on maintaining compliance with stroke core measures, stroke center certification, and other quality initiatives in stroke care.

Over the last three years, the stroke program has excelled in core measure compliance to receive the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award three times for quality of care, underwent a successful Primary Stroke Center recertification with The Joint Commission, and has improved to be a national leader in stroke survival, length of stay, and readmission.

Lee attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist with a strong background in patient safety. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in the American Academy of Neurology’s Patient Safety and Education Committees. She has spoken regionally and nationally on “Patient Safety 101 for Neurologists” and has worked to develop curricula for neurology residency training programs.

Since coming to UK in 2012, Lee has been leading development of a vascular neurology fellowship training program, as well as a telehealth stroke care clinic within the Stroke Care Network.

Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC Joins Lexington Clinic

LEXINGTON Lexington Clinic, Central Kentucky’s oldest and largest multi-specialty medical group, announced today the association of Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC as part of a strategic alliance to further enhance healthcare service delivery to patients.

Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC has offered personalized, comprehensive care to central Kentucky since 2007. “We are pleased to associate with Lexington Clinic,” said Daniel J. Beiting, MD, Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC, “because this alliance will enhance our patient care.”

“Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC is a welcome addition to Lexington Clinic, and we look forward to the patient care opportunities made possible by this association,” said Andrew Henderson, MD, Lexington Clinic CEO.

This association is expected to take effect on June 1, 2013, at which time Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC will become a member of Lexington Clinic’s Associate Physician Network. Lexington Clinic and Bluegrass Internal Medicine Group, PLLC are striving to ensure minimal patient impact during this transition.

Lexington Clinic expands outpatient surgical center services

LEXINGTON Lexington Clinic has opened the new Endoscopy and Surgical Center (ESC) of Lexington Clinic to expand procedural and surgical outpatient services for patients.

The Endoscopy and Surgical Center, located on the second floor of Lexington Clinic’s existing Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), adds five procedure rooms and one operating room to the facility, and is the first phase of a multi-faceted renovation project at 1225 South Broadway in Lexington. The new center will offer endoscopic and surgical services in more than eight specialties and provide 9,700 square feet of procedural, surgical and office space.

The Endoscopy and Surgical Center’s 20 physicians and 38 staff members will provide gastroenterology, pain medicine, pulmonary, vascular, radiologic, breast surgery, podiatric and general surgeries and procedures. “Patient satisfaction is the hallmark of the ambulatory surgery industry,” says Ashley Karathanasis, MBA, CASC, Lexington Clinic ASC administrator. “The ASC and ESC are service oriented and patient focused and now more accessible to our patients.”

The existing ASC, which occupies the first floor of the facility, offers six operating suites and four procedure rooms, providing surgical services in over 15 different specialties. Lexington Clinic is planning a second phase renovation which will expand the current first floor facility, adding additional operating room space.

The Lexington Clinic Board of Directors approved the renovation plan in response to significant growth and increased demand.

“Choosing the provider and location that is right for you is an important decision,” says Andrew H. Henderson, MD, Chief Executive Officer at Lexington Clinic. “The demand for outpatient services, which offer advantages like flexibility, cost-savings, convenience and faster recovery, is growing. This new center will allow us to meet those increasing demands and better serve our patients.”

Dr. David A Dageforde Honored on Doctors’ Day

On March 22, 2013 the GLMS Alliance recognized Dr. David A. Dageforde’s years of service to the medical community by honoring him as physician, leader, educator, missionary and family man.

Dr. Dageforde attended medical school at Indiana University, went to Houston, Texas for a residency in the specialty of Internal Medicine. He then moved to Washington, D.C. for fellowship training Cardiology. Dr Dageforde is certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

From 1979 until 2012, he worked at CardioVascular Associates. He was president of the medical staff at Audubon Hospital, and continues as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

In service to his community, Dr Dageforde has been a researcher, lecturer, author, and leader. He has been on the Board of Directors for the WHAS Crusade for Children, Founder and President of Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, and a deacon at Southeast Christian Church.

Since 1994 he has made over twenty medical mission trips overseas to places like Ethiopia, India, China, Zambia, Romania, Gabon, Thailand, Guatemala, and Afghanistan. Included in his list of overseas mission work is his service on the board for MedSend and SOZO International, and he is the founder of the Global Missions Health Conference at Southeast Christian Church.

In 1999, Dr Dageforde was honored with the Community Service Award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and in 2004 he received the President’s Heritage Award from the National Christian Medical-Dental Association

BMT Program Earns Renewal for Prestigious FACT Accreditation

LEXINGTON The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program was recently granted re-accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

The BMT Program was accredited for adult allogenieic and autologous, hemtaopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, marrow and peripheral blood cellular therapy product collection, and cellular therapy product processing. The accreditation runs through 2015.

“Achieving FACT accreditation requires the hard work and dedication of all members of the BMT team, including the outpatient clinic, chemo infusion, apheresis, central ambulatory surgery, stem cell processing laboratory, ICU, radiation oncology, and Markey BMT inpatient providers,” said Dr. Dianna Howard, hematologist for the UK Markey Cancer Center. “The expert contributions of each member of the team on a daily basis establishes the high quality of care required to maintain this prestigious accreditation.”

FACT is the only accrediting organization that addresses all quality aspects of cellular therapy treatments: clinical care, donor management, cell collection, cell processing, cell storage and banking, cell transportation, cell administration, cell selection, and cell release. FACT accreditation is also a factor in the ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals,” published by U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in the state of Kentucky and earned a ‘high performing’ designation in 10 speciality areas, including cancer treatment.

Hospitals Recognized for Stroke Care

LEXINGTON UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) Stroke Program has once again received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This marks the third year the program has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Baptist Health Lexington has also received the Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This marks the fifth year that Baptist Health Lexington has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

The award recognizes the programs’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

To receive the award, a hospital must achieve at least 85 percent adherence to all “Get With The Guidelines” stroke quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with at least six of 10 stroke quality measures. These measures include appropriate use of life-saving medications and lifestyle/ behavior modifications, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

KentuckyOne Health and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement kick-off Walk With a Doc events

KentuckyOne Health and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement are teaming up this summer to get Louisville area residents to Walk With a Doc. On Saturday, May 18, KentuckyOne kicked off monthly Walk With a Doc events at Iroquois Park with Mayor Greg Fischer and LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, Louisville Metro director of Public Health and Wellness.

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide program that works to empower patients to improve their health through physical activity, exercising side-by-side with their healthcare providers. Walkers have the opportunity to learn about important health topics, ask medical questions in an informal manner and receive free blood pressure screenings, refreshments and giveaways. To help make walking a habit, people who participate in at least three walk events receive a Walk With a Doc t-shirt.

Walk With a Doc events will take place at 10 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the Egg Lawn in Beckley Creek Park at The Parklands; every third Saturday of the month at Iroquois Park at the shelter near the Amphitheater; and every fourth Saturday of the month at Shawnee Park at the Southwestern Parkway entrance parking lot.