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Best of Health Care 2017

by Michelle Boyles

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of medical care is no easy task, especially in the face of changing government regulations. But our annual Best of Health Care honorees take each step in stride. Knowing that they will be faced with new challenges every day, these providers continue to push the scope of care for local residents forward and ensure Philadelphia maintains a competitive edge in the world of modern medicine.

Margaret McGoldrick

Prior to being appointed president in May 2015, McGoldrick served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for more than a decade. She is the current chair of the board of Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence the Tri-State Baldrige organization for Pa., N.J. and Del. McGoldrick serves as a board member of the Gift of Life Foundation, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the Health Care Improvement Foundation and the Montgomery County EMS Council. In addition, she serves on the Dean’s Council of the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Jay S. Feldstein, DO

Since being named the eighth president and CEO at PCOM, Feldstein has embarked on the creation of the college’s strategic vi- sion and has guided work on an integrated branding campaign for the institution. From 2010 to 2014, Feldstein served as president, Northern Division, Pennsylvania Managed Care Plans, at AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. He also has held several executive positions at Aetna; Occupational Health Resources, Inc.; and founded Spectracare Occupational Health Services. In addition, he has served as physician and board member at Doctors for Emergency Services.

Kathleen Kinslow

A Philadelphia native with more than 35 years of experience in health care, Kinslow began her career in nursing. In addition to serving as Aria’s CEO, Kinslow was also appointed executive vice president and chief integration officer of Jefferson Health in July 2016. In the same year, she was appointed chair of the board of directors for The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has also been honored as one of the Top 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania (2009) and is active in a variety of health care and nursing societies and organizations.

Ruth Lefton

In her role as COO, Lefton is responsible for the day-to-day operations of not only Einstein’s main campus, the largest independent academic medical center in the Philadelphia region, but also Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab and Willowcrest, a short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation and nursing facility, where she had previously served as COO for 14 years. For Lefton, the part of her job she enjoys the most is bringing people together to explore opportunities and solve challenges. She sees health care administration as a “team sport,” and feels fortunate to work with truly gifted professionals.

Dr. Janice Nevin

Nevin is nationally recognized for innovation in value-based care to ensure optimal health outcomes and an exceptional health care experience. Appointed in 2014, she is dedicated to advancing The Christiana Care Way, the health system’s promise to serve its community with ex- pert, respectful care in partnership with patients and their families in ways they value and can afford. She has established a clinical service line structure to support the consistent delivery of safe, affordable, high-quality, high-value care across the continuum. Under her leadership, Christiana Care is the only major teaching hospital to earn Truven’s Everest Award consecutively in 2015 and 2016, recognizing the greatest rate of improvement over five years.

Lankenau Medical Center

Main Line Health’s Lankenau Medical Center has embarked on an Emergency Department expansion project to be completed by early 2019. The current emergency department was constructed to accommodate 35,000 visits per year, but currently treats 54,000 patients each year and projections estimate that number will increase to 73,000 by 2025. The $52.8 million project will more than double size of the department, adding another 32,200-square-feet of space and include room for radiology, dedicated trauma treatment zones, an expanded triage area and a parking garage.

The Wistar Institute/ Philadelphia Research Consortium

Several regional academic institutions driving life sciences discoveries have collaborated to launch the Philadelphia Research Consortium—a preclinical research network for facilitating easy access to our region’s robust research enterprise. Spearheading the launch is Heather A. Steinman, Ph.D., MBA, The Wistar Institute’s vice president for business development and executive director of technology transfer. This special opportunity for startups with preclinical research interests that are just getting off the ground allows them to speak directly with tech transfer heads and plugs them into the Philadelphia region’s life sciences fabric. Currently, representatives from the following organizations have joined the Consortium: Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s National Health System, Drexel University, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (part of Main Line Health), Lehigh University, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Penn State, Penn State College of Medicine, Temple University, The Wistar Institute, Thomas Jefferson University and University of the Sciences.

CHOP partnerships with Einstein and Virtua
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has formed alliances with several health care organizations, including Virtua and Einstein Healthcare Network, to bring the latest breakthroughs in care to children in their own communities. CHOP provides in-patient and emergency care for infants and children at Virtua Memorial and Virtua Voorhees and is now offering neonatal care at Einstein Montgomery, with additional services to come in the near future.

Crozer-Keystone Health System

The First Steps Treatment Center provides both short-term detoxification and long-term inpatient rehabilitative services to those suffering from substance abuse disorders. Patients benefit from comprehensive, 24-hour medical services and access to extensive resources within Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County’s largest hospital, and the entire Crozer-Keystone Health System. The 52-bed center is located in the medical center’s east wing and features renovated patient rooms as well as a range of patient-centered amenities. In 2016, the health system was designated a Center of Excellence for opioid abuse treatment by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Tandigm Health

Tandigm Health and Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University have worked hand-in-hand to develop and execute the Population Health Champions program, a progressive new training program focused on empowering primary care physicians to embrace and champion population health. Launched in January 2017, this innovative venture was designed to engage the next generation of population health leaders by providing them with the tools and resources to help them foster the adoption of value-based care from within their practices, with a goal of improving health care quality for patients across the Philadelphia region.

Hahnemann University Hospital

Hahnemann University Hospital now offers Genius 3D mammography exams, developed by Hologic Inc., which are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously de- creasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities and allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and lo- cation of abnormalities, which leads to better detection and greater peace of mind.

Penn Medicine
Under the leadership of Raina Merchant, M.D., MSHP, researchers and physicians in Penn Medicine’s new Center for Digital Health are mining social media clues to find what ails users—and how to fix it. Merchant describes her team’s research as probing “the social mediome”—a way of collectively describing people or groups based on their digital data merged with their health record data. So far, their work has demonstrated the value of mining Yelp reviews for information about patients’ experiences in hospitals and mapped ways in which social media may be harnessed for emergency preparedness and response. New areas of research include identification of factors linked to depression and obesity and studying social media to trace language changes that may be associated with Alzheimer’s or other types of cognitive decline.

Mercy Health System
All three of Mercy Health System’s hospitals—Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital and Nazareth Hospital—earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star certification for performing within the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide, as well as meeting EPA energy efficiency performance standards. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Mercy improved its energy performance by strategically managing its energy use across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

University of the Sciences
The new bachelor of science in neuroscience offered at University of the Sciences highlights the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience beginning in 2017-18. Students will study the nervous system across a variety of contexts, taking courses with emphasis on the biological, behavioral, theoretical and clinical aspects of neuroscience. Combined with the breadth of faculty expertise at USciences in behavioral and biological sciences; math, physics, and statistics; pharmaceutical sciences and professional clinical programs, this is a unique program. Early and frequent research experience and the diversity of program electives gives students an edge in this competitive and growing field.

Published (and copyrighted) in Philly Biz, Volume 2, Issue 3 (March, 2017).
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