April 2014 Newsletter

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Volume 3  Number 4

April 1, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Michael Hunt, CMO/CMIO for being named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the  “100 Hospital and Health Systems CMOs to Know in 2014.”  The list includes CMOs, CMIOs, physicians-in-chief and other CMO equivalents that “have demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality and have contributed to excellence at their respective institutions” according to Becker’s.

Dr. Hunt graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (now Des Moines University) in 1991. He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, in 1994. During his military service, Dr. Hunt attended the flight surgeon course and held several leadership positions while at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Hunt entered civilian pediatric practice treating patients in South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He served as Chief Medical Information Officer at Mercy, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.  While there, he helped the organization transition to an electronic medical record system-wide, as well as supporting the development of chronic disease registries, clinical quality reporting, dashboard and reporting, and technology and workflow to support changes in care delivery. (Patient Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organization, telehealth).

In April 2013, Dr. Hunt was appointed CMO/CMIO for St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. Dr. Hunt provides physician leadership and direction for the planning, design and implementation of clinical information systems and oversees quality and utilization for its provider network.

Under the leadership of Dr. Hunt, SVHP was the first organization in the country to become accredited by URAC as a Clinically Integrated Network. The URAC Clinical Integration Accreditation process demonstrates St. Vincent’s Health Partners’ commitment to cost-effective quality medical services and management, and serves as a framework to achieve transparency through benchmarking the network against nationally recognized standards to validate best practices for patients and network members.

Dr. Hunt has helped lead practice transformation by assisting network primary care providers to achieve Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. Dr. Hunt remains active clinically seeing patients. He participates with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as an item writer and active in the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (Electronic Journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and educational events). He remains active with HIMSS, AMDIS, and recent president-elect of the Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS.  Dr. Hunt is Assistant Professor at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Congratulations to Dr. Hunt!

Provider Engagement and Transitions of Care Educational Series

Health reform is happening at a rapid pace. To aid the membership in keeping up with the latest regulations and information on health reform, St. Vincent’s Health Partners, in partnership with Fairfield County Medical Association, offers educational programs with CMEs available.

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St. Vincent’s Health Partners

Together with

Fairfield County Medical Association

Invites you to Attend

“The Doctor Is  In Online”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Hawley 2

2800 Main Street

Bridgeport, CT 06606

Dr. John Stively, Assistant Chief Medical Officer with American Doctors Online and PhoneDOCTORx will present on the future of Telemedicine in the healthcare delivery system.

CMEs will be earned. Buffet Dinner will be provided. To register, please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations, at (203) 275-0205 or by email karenodriscoll@stvincentshealthpartners.org.


Care Coordination and Clinical Integration in the Community

Integrating Specialist and Primary Care Expertise in the SVHP Neighborhood- Part 1: A work in progress!

There are more than 40 specialties represented in the SVHP neighborhood. Thousands of referrals and consults are done each year across the neighborhood. As a patient or as a provider, what is your experience in that process? What do you wish would be smoother?

Let’s first establish clarity about definitions. ‘Referral’ is the transfer of care from one provider in the neighborhood to another. ‘Consultation’ is a one time or limited time period. ‘Collaboration’ is on-going co-management of the patient’s plan of care.

The ‘old’ way in the SVHP neighborhood looked like this:

Frustration about getting timely consultation

Patients arriving for consultation with inadequate background information

Variation in getting timely information back to the PCPs by the specialists

Specialists assume co-management responsibilities without PCP approval

The ‘new’ way in the SVHP neighborhood looks more like this:

Specialist office systems accommodate all consultation requests, even emergent/urgent

Full background information available before patient is seen by consultant

Timely return of information from specialist back to PCP (within 24hrs)

Clear communication about shared co- management responsibilities between PCPs and specialists

Two of the SVHP specialist practices have asked what they can do to improve their consult and feedback loop, after learning from other ‘neighbors’ that the process of setting up a consult can be difficult or that no information comes back after the consultation. In future newsletters, their experience of change will be described.

(SVHP Playbook References: Maine Health; Improving Chronic Illness Care)

Provider Discount Program

Welcome a few new vendors!!! WB Mason Office Supplies and The Bananaland Web Design, Marketing, Digital and Social Media.


WB Mason is very excited to be the Preferred Vendor for all St Vincent’s Health Partners.  Service, pricing, and the many categories of business are second to none.  Here is a list and brief description of the categories of business:

Office Supplies- paper, toner, folders, pens, calendars, etc

Stamps and Nameplates- custom as well as stock Printing- Free quotes on company stationary, business cards, flyers, binding, booklets, etc

Ad Specialty- Company Logos on mats, t-shirts, hats, pens, portable chargers, etc

Furniture– Over 600 vendors such as Hon, Allsteel, Paoli, National. WB Mason also has “Whatta Bargain” stores in each branch featuring overstock and used furniture

Janitorial Supplies- An entire catalog of all cleaning supplies including toilet tissue, towels, dispensers, Purell, soap, vacuum cleaners, etc

Break Room Supplies- Coffee (Kuerig machines and K-cups), soda, juices, nutrition bars, water (bottled and 5-gallon jugs), water coolers, paper plates, cutlery, etc

Health Care Supplies- Equipment as well as gloves, gowns, stethoscopes, etc.   Please note Health Care Supplies are competitively priced but more of a convenience.

There is no charge for delivery and no minimum orders. Just about everything purchased is next day delivery except furniture.  WB Mason looks forward to working with St. Vincent’s Health Partners! Please contact Bob Manowitz at (203)

767-8138 for more information.



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Contact Information


Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, CEO/President, (203) 275-0202; thomas.raskauskas@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Information Officer, (203) 275-0203; michael.hunt@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Anthony Brockman, Director of Information Technology, (203) 275-0206; anthony.brockman@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL, Director for Care Coordination and Integration, (203) 275-0209; colleen.swedberg@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations, (203) 275-0205; karenodriscoll@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Alvino Williams, Jr., IT Analyst/Clinical Integration, (203) 275-0207; alvino.williams@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Christina Cano, RN, BSN Care Coordinator Associate, (203) 275-0212; christina.cano@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Gretchen Cavaliere, Administrative Assistant, (203)275-0201; Gretchen.cavaliere@stvincentshealthpartners.org