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Phoebe considers applicants, delineation of privileges

ALBANY, Ga. -- While considering a new set of medical staff applicants, a committee at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital also gave consideration to the delineation of privileges for telemedicine practitioners in critical care.

In a credentials report presented to the hospital's professional affairs committee on Monday, there were five physicians listed as new applicants. They were Drs. Erin Cannington, an immunologist; Charles Kemp, an internist; Nicholas Misulia, an anesthesiologist; Raja Sappati Biyyani, a gastroenterologist and Curtis Quinn, a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The medical staff at Phoebe primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicant's qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the professional affairs committee before that body sends the credentials report for a final decision to be made by the full board.

The report also shows a listing of staff sponsor changes, leave of absence requests and resignations and retirements.

It further shows that a delineation of privileges is being considered for telemedicine practitioners in critical care medicine.

Dr. Doug Patten, senior vice president of medical affairs at Phoebe, said that this process would essentially involve taking certain elements of radiology and applying them to other areas -- and allow for the easier passing of images between physicians both inside and outside of the hospital, thereby making patient care more efficient overall.

"It will raise the standard of care in the intensive care unit," Patten said.

The rollout for this is expected to take place in September, officials say.