A number of physician re-appointments at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital were considered for full board approval Monday at its Professional Affairs Committee meeting (Albany Herald file photo)
ALBANY — A significant number of re-appointments that were to be considered before the end of the year by a committee at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will now make their way to the hospital’s full board for approval.
The Phoebe Professional Affairs Committee reviewed on Monday the credentialing report that had been seen by the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on Nov. 25 and the Medical Executive Committee on Dec. 3. On that report included four physicians who were applying to be a member of the staff, as well as physicians representing 18 specialties who were up for re-appointment.
The new applicants were obstetrician Dr. Timothy Boley, radiologist Dr. Edward Callaway, neurologist Dr. Albert Cook and emergency medicine physician Dr. Todd Smith. Cook and Boley were listed on the report as locum tenens, indicating they are being brought in on a temporarily basis fill in for someone else.
At the same time, there were dozens of physicians in specialties including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, radiology, family medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, urology, among others, who were completing their re-appointment cycle — which is done every two years — at Phoebe.
Dr. Doug Patten, chief medical officer at the hospital, said that those currently being considered for re-appointment were started on the process in August for them to be brought to the committee for approval at the end of the year. They were cycled this way intentionally so that the re-appointments are not as scattered throughout the year, he said.
The medical staff at Phoebe primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicants’ qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the Professional Affairs Committee before the hospital’s full board makes a final decision.
The committee is set to met again on Jan. 27. The full board will be meeting after the start of the new year.