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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviewing medical staff applicants

Several physicians, mid-level applicants look to join staff at Albany hospital

Joe Austin, chief operating officer for Phoebe Putney Health System, sits next to Mary Helen Dykes, chair of the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee, at the committee’s most recent meeting on Monday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

Joe Austin, chief operating officer for Phoebe Putney Health System, sits next to Mary Helen Dykes, chair of the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Professional Affairs Committee, at the committee’s most recent meeting on Monday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

ALBANY — Three doctors and several mid-level practitioners are looking for a place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a recent credentialing report shows.

A report that came to the hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee on Monday, having been viewed also by the Credentials/Bylaws Committee on Jan. 27 and the Medical Executive Committee on Feb. 4, shows there are three physicians and four mid-level practitioners looking to seek privileges at Phoebe.

The physicians are pediatric cardiologist Dr. Zahid Amin, pediatrician Dr. Anuradh Pavuluri and family medicine specialist Dr. Grady Thompson. Amin and Pavuluri are connected to Georgia Regents University, with Amin listed in consulting status and Pavuluri listed as locum tenens — implying the pediatrician is temporarily standing in for someone else.

The mid-levels looking to come on board with the required sponsorship from a physician are Geraldine Anderson and Olasumbo Dada, both nurse practitioners, and Robert Geer and Allison Jones, both certified registered nurse anesthetists. Anderson is looking to practice in emergency medicine while Dada is looking to practice in gastroenterology, with Drs. James Black and Matthew Grundfast listed as their sponsors, respectively.

The sponsor listed for Geer and Jones is Dr. John Newton.

The committee passed the report on to the full hospital board for final approval. The full board is expected to meet again on March 5.

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.