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Phoebe committee reviews medical staff applicants

ALBANY, Ga. -- Judging from the most recent credentials report from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, there are at least three medical staff applicants hoping to join the hospital's ranks.

Drs. Elaine Khatod, Johnathan Walter and Yong Park are three candidates the medical executive committee has recommended to Phoebe's Professional Affairs Committee for appointment, a report presented to the committee on Monday shows.

Khatod and Walter are looking to go into the teleradiology, while Park is going into pediatrics/neurology, the report indicates.

The report further shows that two Phoebe physicians have requested a change in status. Dr. Deborah Marks-Jones, a pathologist, is requesting a change from locum tenens to active staff, while Dr. Desiree Catalan, a pediatrician, wishes to transition from active to consulting staff.

A status of "locum tenens" indicates that a staff member is temporarily standing in for someone else.

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 a final decision is made by the full board -- which generally meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

The report that came to the committee Monday was recommended for board approval.

In other business, the committee reviewed a technical revision to the hospital bylaws regarding the process in which physicians request a change in status to clarify that such a request ought to be submitted to the medical staff rather than the CEO, which is what was initially suggested in the bylaws.

"That has never been the point of initiation," said Dr. Doug Patten, the senior vice president of medical affairs at Phoebe. "(The bylaws have been) changed to reflect what it has historically been."