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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital committee reviews staff changes, gets updated on accreditation survey

Site visits were conducted last week for DNV accreditation

The professional affairs committee at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviewed staff changes and received an accreditation update on Monday. (Albany Herald file photo)

The professional affairs committee at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviewed staff changes and received an accreditation update on Monday. (Albany Herald file photo)

ALBANY — While reviewing the most recent credentials report from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, one of its committees was also given an update on the most recent accreditation survey Phoebe Putney Health System has undergone.

The hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee was presented Monday with the most recent credentials report, which had been seen by the Credentials/Bylaws Committee on Dec. 23 and the Medical Executive Committee on Jan. 7. In the report were three new medical staff applicants, as well as a number of re-appointments.

The new medical staff includes Dr. Antonio Lourenco, a psychiatrist; Dr. Michael Ruppenthal, a physiatrist, and Dr. Adrian Smith, a neurosurgeon. Lourenco and Ruppenthal are coming in locum tenens, indicating they are filling in temporarily for someone else, the report said.

The re-appointments included in the report showed there were a number of physicians in several specialties, including emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery and orthopedics, completing their two-year re-credentialing cycle.

The committee recommended the report for approval by the full board.

The committee also was brought up to speed on Phoebe’s accreditation site visits from DNV Healthcare last week.

Phoebe Health System switched to DNV from the Joint Commission last year, officials said, in favor of surveys done on an annual basis rather than every three years.

“(With annual inspections), we get a closer look more frequently,” said Dr. Doug Patten, senior vice president of medical affairs at the hospital.

Patten said the site visits conducted this year concluded systemwide on Friday. Last year, there were 21 non-conformities found. This year, there were six non-conformities found, all considered “relatively minor,” he said.

“We closed out all of our non-conformities from last year,” Patten said. “These are all new non-conformities.”

Patten said Phoebe officials were given a preliminary checkout report. A final report is expected in the next couple of weeks, after which Phoebe will have 10 calendar days to send a reply outlining how it plans to address DNV’s findings.