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Phoebe professional affairs committee approves applicants

Five physicians and four mid-level candidates will be considered by the Phoebe Putney Hospital board

Joe Austin, chief operating officer of Phoebe Putney Health System, gives a management report at a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee meeting as Mary Helen Dykes, chair of the committee, listens. Five physician applicants were given the green light for full board approval at the committee’s meeting on Monday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

Joe Austin, chief operating officer of Phoebe Putney Health System, gives a management report at a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee meeting as Mary Helen Dykes, chair of the committee, listens. Five physician applicants were given the green light for full board approval at the committee’s meeting on Monday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

ALBANY — The latest round of physician and mid-level practitioner applicants being considered for employment at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital were sent to the full hospital board for final approval by the Phoebe Professional Affairs Committee on Monday.

A credentialing report that appeared before the committee on Monday had also been reviewed by the Credentials/Bylaws Committee on Sept. 23 and the Medical Executive Committee meeting on Oct. 1. There are five physician and four mid-level applicants listed on the report.

The physician applicants are Drs. E. Leila Clay, Winston Connell, Gregory Cumberbatch, Semir Patel and Myung Yoo. Clay is serving on the consulting staff for Georgia Regents University, Connell and Patel will be working in Phoebe’s emergency department, Cumberbatch will be in neurosurgery and Yoo will be in physiatry, the report said.

Cumberbatch and Yoo are listed as locum tenens, meaning they are temporarily filling in for someone else. Cumberbatch is filling in for Dr. Kim Brown at Phoebe Neurological Associates and Yoo is covering for Dr. Ashli Alexander at Phoebe Palliative Care, the report said.

The four mid-levels include physician assistants Michael Heyer and Paul Hagood, nurse practitioner Michelle Powell and physician access associate Jason Allen. Allen is working in anesthesiology, while the other three are working in emergency medicine.

The mid-levels require a sponsorship from a physician. Allen is being sponsored by Dr. John Newton from Phoebe Anesthesia Associates, while Heyer, Powell and Hagood are being sponsored by Dr. James Black, the medical director at Phoebe’s emergency department, the report said.

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 full board is set to meet on Nov. 6 in the hospital’s Willson Board Room.