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Phoebe considering applicants

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

ALBANY — The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee’s ultimate function is to discuss the appointment and re-appointment of physicians.

The panel met Monday afternoon for that purpose.

A report from the credentials and bylaws committee meeting on Aug. 27 and the medical executive committee on Sept. 11 presented to the professional affairs committee on Monday yielded six medical staff applicants. They are Dr. Devina Bhasin, a gastroenterologist; Dr. Ozita Cooper, emergency medicine; Dr. Andrea Hobson, a pediatrician; Dr. Loretta Fahie, a hospitalist; Dr. Alison Robinette, a radiologist, and Dr. Johnathan Williams, emergency medicine.

Hobson was listed as locum tenens, which means she is expected to stand in temporarily for someone else.

The report also showed a listing of affiliate staff applicants, resignations and a nonrewal of privileges due to failure to renew. It was recommended for full board approval.

The medical staff at Phoebe primarily takes on the role of overlooking a person’s qualifications.

From there, recommendations are made to the professional affairs committee before the hospital’s full board votes on who to recruit.

As was also mentioned at the meeting Monday, the medical staff participates in an ongoing peer review process — which the hospital now does for its doctors every eight months.

“We had been doing it more frequently, but we decided it would be more efficient to do it on a eight-month cycle,” said Dr. Doug Patten, senior vice president of medical affairs at Phoebe.

The Joint Commission requires this be done after a period of no longer than eight months, Patten said. In the meantime, physicians meet monthly to perform internal reviews.

“As that is assembled, the roll-up occurs on an eight-month cycle,” Patten explained.

It is an interactive process that crosses multiple disciplines. A specific example Patten cited was a surgical peer review for which — while fellow surgeons play a major part in that process — there are physicians from other specialties at the table to provide prospective.

“This is a process designed to protect patients,” Patten said.