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Phoebe committee recommends applicants for consideration before full board

Committee approves six physician appointments and three nurse practitioners

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee members Dr. D.W. Patten and Dawn Benson chat at the conclusion of Monday’s meeting. The Committee voted to send six physician applications and three mid-level applicants before the hospital’s full board for approval. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee members Dr. D.W. Patten and Dawn Benson chat at the conclusion of Monday’s meeting. The Committee voted to send six physician applications and three mid-level applicants before the hospital’s full board for approval. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee met Monday in the latest round of physician and mid-level practitioner applicants being considered for employment with the hospital.

The committee voted to send six physician appointments and three nurse practitioners before the full board for approval, in addition to 93 staff reappointments.

The physician applicants are Drs. Celine Buckley, Barbara Newman, Ashwin Mani, Vijil Rahulan, Nagarajan Ramakrishnan and Ramesh Venkataraman.

Buckley and Newman are tele-radiologists while Mani, Rahilan, Ramakrishnan and Venkataraman will work in the critical care department.

The three mid-levels are nurse practitioners Cheryl Gervin-Clark, Heather Howard and Suzanny Bohnker. The mid-levels require sponsorships by physicians. Gervin-Clark, who will work in nephrology, is sponsored by Dr. Jeff Bell; Howard, who will work in pediatrics, is sponsored by Dr. Cheryl Tolliver; and Bohnker, who will work in critical care telemedicine, is sponsored by Dr. Jayashree Raikhelkar.

Mid-level practitioners are health care providers who generally have received less training and a more narrow scope of practice than physicians and other health professionals, but do have a formal certificate and accreditation to work in the health care field.

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 also recommended the reappointment of 93 current staff members.

The full board will consider approval of the appointments and reappointments at its next meeting on Dec. 4.