Phoebe considering staff, privileges

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

ALBANY, Ga. -- A report presented to the professional affairs committee of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Monday showed there were several physicians looking to join the staff of the hospital, as well as a few others seeking additional privileges.

Dr. Michael Kelley, a family medicine physician, Dr. Stephen Weiss, a wound care and hyberbarics specialist, Dr. Jonathan Gaskins, an emergency medicine physician, and Dr. Deborah Marks-Jones, a pathologist, are the applicants being considered for employment, the credentialing report showed.

Weiss and Marks-Jones are labeled as "locum tenens" on the report, indicating that they are temporarily replacing someone.

Officials at the hospital have explained that the medical staff at Phoebe primarily takes on the role of overlooking a person's qualifications, in turn making recommendations to the professional affairs committee before the full board votes on who to recruit.

The report further shows that there are five physicians requesting additional privileges. Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Andrew Michas has requested privileges to utilize the daVinci surgical robotics system, with temporary privileges granted on Feb. 21.

Meanwhile, Drs. Jyotir Mehta, Ramano Rao, James Palazzolo and Thomas Ungarino have requested bronchial thermoplasty privileges.

Action taken at the committee's Feb. 25 meeting allowed for privileging criteria for the bronchial thermoplasty procedure -- a method designed to dilate the muscles of the airway if respiratory problems reach a certain stage -- and the physicians wishing to use it be created as a means of ensuring staff would be properly trained on how to use it.

The daVinci Surgical System was approved for purchase by the hospital's board of directors for $1.7 million in April 2010 and installed shortly afterward. Using a minimally invasive approach, it's a robotics assisted surgery system that utilizes a computer console to control surgical instruments on robotic arms as a means to scale, filter and translate a surgeon's hand movements.

The report was from a Feb. 25 meeting of the credentials and bylaws committee and in turn presented to the medical executive committee on March 5. The professional affairs committee voted to recommend it for approval on Monday.

From here, it will go before the full board for final approval.


GeeGee 2 years, 6 months ago

Once a doctor joins Phoebe, you may as well find another doctor. You will not be able to afford to go to them unless you are loaded with great insurance and I do not mean just medicare. Your co-pay will be in the hundred of dollars. I am going to go out of town for my next visit for my GP charges $180 for a visit for a cold. Medicare only pays $77 of the bill. Of course he has no patients any longer either.


Gollygee 2 years, 6 months ago

Why are you going to the Dr. for a cold? This is the reason why insurance premiums are going up. Grab some OTC medicine and hang out on the couch for a couple of days. You'll get better and save that co-pay. Going out of town to treat a cold is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Waste gas, time, money, etc.


southwestga 2 years, 6 months ago

Patients considering a DaVinci procedure should research it first. It's not all its cracked up to be. Look at the article in The New York Times today. The procedure isn't any better than a regular surgery for hysterectomies, but of course it's more expensive.


RedEric 2 years, 6 months ago

I am Doctor Red and I have developed a medical Avatar and I would like major privileges with the Grand Cayman bank accounts.


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