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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital presents new vice presidents, core measures

Albany health system adds to two new vice presidents over the course of a month

Michele Dekelbaum, vice president of performance excellence, and Victor Garcia, vice president of emergency services, are two individuals to join Phoebe Putney Health System in recent weeks. They were formally introduced to the board of directors at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

Michele Dekelbaum, vice president of performance excellence, and Victor Garcia, vice president of emergency services, are two individuals to join Phoebe Putney Health System in recent weeks. They were formally introduced to the board of directors at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

ALBANY — While formal introductions were made on two new vice presidents who recently came on board at Phoebe Putney Health System, attention was also paid Wednesday to some of the improvements Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has made in recent years.

The board of directors at the hospital were formally introduced to Victor Garcia, vice president of emergency services, and Michele Dekelbaum, vice president of performance excellence.

With more than a decade of management experience, Garcia comes to Albany from Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville, Ind., where he was the director for critical care services. Before that, he was the director of critical care at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, Calif. He had previously held the same position at Mercy Gilbert in Gilbert, Ariz., and at Phoenix Memorial in Phoenix.

Garcia received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University in Gary, Ind., and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children.

Garcia came to Albany last month, while Dekelbaum started at Phoebe earlier this week. A biography on Dekelbaum was not available by press time on Wednesday.

Dr. Doug Patten, chief medical officer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, gave a report to the board on quality measures current for the hospital from Fiscal Year 2006 through the end of October 2013. The measurements given involved heart attack care, congestive heart failure care, pneumonia care and surgical care.

In heart attack care, Phoebe scored 94.45 percent for October with a ranking of 95.94 percent for Fiscal Year 2013. In Fiscal Year 2006, that measurement was at 82.23 percent. For congestive heart failure, the score was 93.33 percent in October with a measure of 88.24 for Fiscal Year 2013 — compared to 70.19 percent in Fiscal Year 2006, the report showed.

Also during October, the pneumonia care ranking was 100, and 92.74 percent in Fiscal Year 2013. The ranking was 67.26 percent in Fiscal Year 2006. For surgical care, the score was 99.55 percent in October — a measure that was at 97.82 in Fiscal Year 2013 and 48.72 percent in Fiscal Year 2006.

An overall core measure index showed Phoebe to be at 96.83 percent in October, the report Patten presented showed.

“There is fluctuations in the numbers, but the goal is to do it right for every patient, every time,” he said.