LANCASTER, Ohio (April 4, 2013) – At the annual Fairfield Medical Center State of the Center on April 3, Mina Ubbing, president and chief executive officer, announced a new partnership between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and FMC. Gil Peri, vice president of regional development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, announced the new endeavor, stating, “Our goal is to keep care local by bringing additional resources to local pediatric and neonatal patients."
Ubbing gave an update on the hospital’s new $35 million facility expansion plan that began this year. “Construction will be completed before the FMC’s centennial in 2016,” she said. “It will have 11 operating rooms and 36 patient rooms with the goal of making every room in the hospital private.” The new surgery wing will allow FMC to have expanded operating rooms; 100 percent private patient rooms; advanced technology, such as robotic equipment; and improved family waiting areas.
More than 100 people attended the event. Carol Seubert Marx, chair of the board of directors, gave an update on FMC’s recent awards, which included:
- Amerinet Awards - Community Impact/Innovation and Financial/Operational Improvement
- The Leapfrog Group - Grade A for Patient Safety
- The ACTION Registry - Get with the Guidelines Award for excellent heart care
- Silver Performance Achievement for Heart Attack Care
- Lifeline of Ohio 2012 Nurse of the Year - ICU Nurse Monica Householder
- Sunny 95 Radio Hometown Hero Award - FMC fitTOGETHER initiative
- American Heart Association - Fit-Friendly Company Community Innovation Award
Dr. Gordon B. Snider presented a special award in honor of Jeff Eversole, Alex Fowler, Jake Ferris and Aaron Kocher from the Snider Community Heart Watch for saving Andrew Vaughan’s life after having a seizure on Oct. 2. “They are our local heroes and we are very proud of them for their quick response,” Dr. Snider said. “They remembered their CPR training and because of them Andrew is alive today.”
Dr. José Norberto, open heart surgeon and medical director of cardiac surgery, presented on a new minimally invasive heart valve surgery now offered at FMC. “It is important for Fairfield Medical Center to offer this program because the reality is that patients want a less invasive approve so they can get back to work faster,” Dr. Norberto explained. The procedure allows surgery to be performed through a 2.5-inch opening.
Dr. Elizabeth Walz, neurologist and chair of Fairfield Healthcare Professionals, talked about the expansion of FMC’s neurology services by announcing the addition of Dr. Carolyn Neltner, neurosurgeon, in summer of 2013. She also touched on a partnership FMC has with The Ohio State University Medical Center to treat stroke patients and the acute care available for stroke patients locally through telemedicine technology.
A new bariatric surgery program offered at FMC was discussed by Dr. Timothy Custer, general surgeon and bariatric specialist. He noted that obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. “No other medical or surgical intervention simultaneously treats as many disease processes as bariatric surgery does,” he said.
Dr. Christian Tencza, critical care pulmonologist, spoke of the Lung Nodule Clinic, which provides access to a team of specially trained physicians who work closely together to ensure excellent care of each patient. “We devised a process for primary care doctors on the front of the line of patient care to get their patients with concerning findings to a group of specialists without delay,” he said. He also explained that when an abnormality is found in the lungs, early detection, accurate diagnosis and rapid intervention are crucial for a favorable outcome.
Dr. P. Aryeh Cohen, thoracic surgeon and medical director of thoracic services, discussed minimally invasive thoracic surgery at FMC. “Over the last six years, 45 percent of the lung surgery at FMC has been done using this minimally invasive approach,” he said.
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