Disaster team wants volunteers
The GA-3 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) is looking for medical professionals such as nurses, midlevel providers, physicians, paramedics, pharmacists and others to serve as volunteers with the unit.
The GA-3 DMAT, which is based in Atlanta, responds when natural or manmade disasters overwhelm health care systems anywhere in the United States or its territories, and people need medical care. When called upon, volunteers deploy for up to two weeks and become temporary employees of the federal government.
“More importantly, they’ll discover the satisfaction and personal pride in being able to make a difference,” said Wendy Nesheim, deputy commander, GA-3 DMAT.
For information, go to www.ga3-dmat.org or contact administrative officer Karen Watkins at Karen.Watkins@HHS.gov.
• Multiple awards: For the first time in its history, Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Gamma Psi chapter was recognized as the top collegiate chapter in the nation at the recent Kappa Psi National Pharmacy Fraternity Grant Council convention in Orlando, Fla. The chapter also was named the top chapter in Province IV for the second year in a row.
Chapter advisor Chad Vandenberg, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Clinical Research at Mercer, was named a Top 10 2008 Grand Council Deputy. Andrew Crowe, a 2007 doctor of pharmacy graduate, received the same award for 2009. Purvish Patel, a fourth-year doctor of pharmacy student was honored with a 12 Kappa Psi Foundation Scholarship.
• New VP: WellStar Health System’s Kennestone Hospital in Marietta has named Patricia Mayne vice president of emergency services. She will work with Dr. Tommy Redwood, medical director of emergency services at Kennestone Hospital, on all emergency initiatives.
Mayne has more than 25 years emergency nursing experience and is board certified in emergency nursing. She most recently was administrative director of emergency services for St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
• Presidential pharmacist: MCGHealth pharmacist Patricia Knowles, R.Ph., has been named president-elect of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a professional society of pharmacists practicing in organized health care settings.
Knowles is a clinical pharmacist in the central pharmacy at the MCGHealth Medical Center in Augusta and a preceptor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.
Knowles received the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Outstanding District Director Award in 2003; the Community Service Award in 2005; and the Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year Award in 2007.
• National model: The Picker Institute recently named MCGHealth in Augusta one of six models nationwide that exemplify central features and processes of patient family-centered care.
The model centers were chosen based on site visits, quality of performance as measured by patient satisfaction metrics and other criteria.
• Grant for nursing scholarships: For a second year, the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing has received funding to award 10 nursing scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program.
The school will use the $10,000 scholarships to increase the number and diversity of students enrolled in its clinical nurse leader accelerated nursing program. The program has developed recruiting partnerships with Paine College in Augusta and Morehouse and Spelman colleges in Atlanta to increase the number of African-American clinical nurse leader applicants.
• Honor roll: DeKalb Medical at North Decatur has been named to the Presidential level of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality Honor Roll. The designation places the hospital among the top hospitals in Georgia for providing the most effective methods of treatment for cardiac patients and patients diagnosed with pneumonia.
The “Right Care Every Time” Honor Roll recognition is based on clinical data provided by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.
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