General Staff Meetings

JSUMC Medical & Dental Staff General Staff Meeting Summary: June 18, 2019

The following items were discussed. Further information is available from the Medical Staff Office, 732-776-3877.

  • There are now 1,557 members of the medical and dental staff, including 364 allied health professionals.
  • A new Department of Neurosurgery was recently formed; department rules and regulations, and the recruitment of a chair are pending.
  • JSUMC has achieved “grade A” status for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.
  • Medical Council is an HMH network committee consisting of all medical staff presidents, administrators, and board members. They approve network policies, which can be viewed on the Extranet. The MEC and Medical Council are seeking other ways to communicate these policies to the medical staff.
  • All physicians are encouraged to download the Maestro app, a HIPAA-compliant communication tool to share patient information, text messages, view CME calendars and call schedules.
  • Dr. Erler is here every day and is easily accessible to listen to your suggestions and concerns.
  • The third installment of $200,000 will be made to the JSUMC Foundation in September; our total pledge is $1 million for the HOPE Tower conference center.
  • The HOPE Tower is fully operational, including outpatient services, infusion center, and a simulation lab.
  • LVAD is a new service offered here at JSUMC; 10 procedures were done since November.
  • JSUMC is the first NJ hospital to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for HPB cancer certification.
  • The Joint Commission was here today for sepsis certification, preliminary review was favorable.
  • Dr. Harpreet Pall will be the new chair of pediatrics. We are awaiting a signed contract from new chair of obstetrics and gynecology. A search committee will be formed for anesthesiology, Dr. Michael Entrup is the interim chair and is currently the only candidate.
  • Sixty students are finishing their first year at the HMH School of Medicine. The class starting in July will have 93 students, 120 in 2020, and 150 in 2021.
  • We are spending a lot of time on accreditation of the medical school, to be independent of Seton Hall.
  • Hospital clerkships will begin in December. Dr. Morreale and Dr. Topsis are clerkship directors.
  • The following JSUMC physicians are chairs at the medical school: Dr. Gibbs (interim), Dr. Kairys, Dr. Martens, Dr. Solhkhah, and Dr. Sweeney.
  • Robert Wood Johnson students have been transitioned out of JSUMC; the last ones leave on June 30.
  • The school welcomes new faculty. Reach out to Dr. Kountz or your department chair for teaching opportunities.

 Members of the Epic Team gave an update on what physicians need to know before go-live on September 30. The PowerPoint presentation is attached, but highlights are listed below:

  • Wave 3 go-live includes JSUMC, OMC, and SOMC.
  • Training registration is open. Providers should register early for the best class availability.
  • Training is mandatory, and users must pass a proficiency test before given access to Epic. First session is a 5-hour class, second is a 3-hour personalization lab.
  • If you have used Epic for outpatient services, you will need to complete this training for inpatients.
  • Super users are needed from each department, to provide support to other users. Some additional training is required. So far, 65 super users have volunteered, our goal is to get 150.
  • Some benefits of Epic for patients: one patient/one chart, CPOE/no paper orders, MyChart patient portal.
  • Some benefits for physicians: access via remote desktop or app (Haiku for smart phone, Canto for iPad), In-Basket to communicate with other providers, Epic Care Link for billing.
  • Wave 3 Epic (PowerPoint)


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