1 Evolution of Education In line with the Emory findings, such as pneumothorax University move to integrated and intracranial bleeding, so that learning, the Radiology course: important diagnoses are not MEDI 725, taught to the missed or delayed. medical students, will be woven into the seven other clerkships When the integration was initially introduced, Dr. Mark This MEDI 725 integration is of specialty training. being led by Dr. Stefan Tigges Mullins,Vice Chair for Education and Director of Radiology (left) and supported by Three years ago, Emory Medical Student Education, Dr. Mark Mullins (right). University School of Medicine (SOM) redesigned the first successfully arranged for in the other clerkships. Dr. two years of medical school, Radiology to maintain its status Tigges described the experience integrating what had previously as a separate course with a of working with the clerkship been multiple separate courses. letter grade and credit hours. directors as being very pleasant In the new curriculum, students When the students complete an and productive with open learn organ system anatomy, existing clerkship (Ambulatory communication, as all players pathology, histology etc. Care, Internal Medicine, work to produce the highest level Rad Report simultaneously to enable them Neurology, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, learning experience. Dr. Tigges would like to extend his thanks 3rd Year to more easily connect these Psychiatry and Surgery) they previously disparate disciplines. will be tested separately on the to all who have volunteered their Anniversary This year, the SOM will better radiology that they learned as time to ensure that this new integrate the curriculum of the part of the “virtual course”. platform is a success.Use your 2009 clinical years, starting March 1.Rad Report The previously freestanding, Dr. Stefan Tigges, a member While the free standing radiologyknowledge to win a required Radiology course will of Cardiothoracic Imaging clerkship has been integratedprize by completing be element of all seven specialty and Director of the required into the other clerkships, manythe Crossword clerkships. radiology course, has worked of the improvements made toPuzzle on Page 5. with clerkship directors to the course by Dr. Mullins will This change presents an secure time for radiology be retained. Dr. Tigges would- First 30 entries opportunity for radiologists teaching during the clinical like to “compliment Dr. Mullins will win a prize to better teach students in rotations. The Radiology for all the innovative things that- All answers must the context of the patients Department response has been he has done” and he intends to be correct whom they will see during their overwhelming on at all levels, incorporate such elements as the clinical care rotations. Another including faculty and residents. small group sessions and projects- Entries must be advantage is that Radiology The collaborative efforts have in the new format. The interactive received by will have a constant presence both helped to develop the nature of these sessions will Feb. 19 during the clinical training of segments that will be led by ensure a more effective and more- Include your the various clerkships. Students Radiology, and influenced the enjoyable experience for both contact will learn about many topics radiology content to be included teachers and students. information on including the basics of how to - Monica Salama, Communications Manager your entry interpret commonly ordered imaging studies such as chest- Answers will radiographs and head CTs. The Launch of Our New GE PACS be posted on the In addition, they will learn This is an exciting time for the Emory Radiology Department website on Feb. 22 about the American College as we move to the new GE PACS. While there will be growing www.radiology.emory.edu of Radiology Appropriateness pains as we explore the opportunities to take full advantage Submit your Criteria so that they know of this system, we want to keep everyone informed of ourcompleted crossword when, or even if, an imaging progress. Each month updates will appear in the Rad Report to EUH-CG20 or study is indicated. Finally, and department-wide e-mails will be sent to keep on top of new Fax to students will be required to processes and schedule updates. Find out who will be the first 404-712-4730 learn 22 “don’t miss” imaging to work with the GE PACS on page 8, in Updates from IAS.
2LETTER FROM THE CHAIRDear Colleagues,You will be hearing more and entire interventional team. procedure. This means thatmore about Patient Satisfaction We have all been patients at what we do to impact patientas the year progresses. While one time or another and we quality, safety and satisfactionwe continue to hone our focus can recognize the difference will have a great ability toon the Quality of our Radiology between a seamless, caring influence whether they chooseservices, a cornerstone of our experience versus one when to return.quality program will be finding everything did not go as bestways to partner more closely as it could have. Yet, when we One issue that has beenwith patients on their care.The on patients’ and clinicians’ are not in the patient role, it canfirst step in this journey is listening be quite challenging to try to minds equally lately has been Duong). This is an arena we willto what our patients are telling see things through the eyes of concerns over radiation continue to closely monitor andus about how we may enhance those we care for. That is why exposure associated with CT. communicate with patients andtheir health care experience. Emory Healthcare, and now Beginning in October, the FDA clinicians openly over our ownEach of us in the department, our department, have engaged launched an investigation into website, the EHC website, andregardless of job description or patient advisors to help us to the safety of more than 200 through open letters.title, is a stakeholder in this goal refine our processes to better reported cases of radiationand together we can achieve overexposure during perfusion Stay tuned to Dr. Applegate’s Rad accommodate patient and Report Quality Corner for updatessuccess. Indeed, we have started family needs and input. CT imaging. We have beento see substantial gains in our proactive in self-auditing doses on patient- and family-centeredPress-Ganey Patient Satisfaction The majority of patients who associated with our own radiology and the Emory Carescores in some areas, particularly are cared for within the Emory studies, reviewing and revising Transformation Model.Interventional Radiology. Kudos Healthcare system pass through protocols, and establishinggo to Linda Gunsby’s Service our department to undergo a a CT Quality and Safety Best to all,Excellence Committee and the diagnostic and/or therapeutic Committee (chaired by Dr. Anh Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR Chair of RadiologyMESSAGE FROM THE VICE CHAIR FOR RESEARCHLessons from the Indianapolis ColtsPrior to 1997, the Indianapolis Colts role players and home grown talent. When of their career. I am looking for five facultyperennially missed the playoffs. In the first the Colts won Super Bowl XLI, the whole members who have not previously writtendecade of the 21st century, the Colts won organization – and the fans – were made to a major grant. Those who qualify should bemore games than any other team. The value feel part of the winning effort. excited about the prospect of making newof the team has risen from $16M, when measurements, and learning and discoveringRobert Irsay bought it, to over $1B today. Within our department, we have superstars new insights about their field. The curiousWhat happened? Jim Irsay took ownership and role players. As I’ve said before, any lot should apply – I care much less about pastof the team from his father in 1997 and success we have is a tribute to our whole research experience. Individual programscompletely changed the culture of the team. Two events in the past month speak will be tailored to the conditions; for someorganization. This amazing transformation to our efforts to develop talent. First, our it might last six months, for others it mayinspires me to look at the Colts as a model junior faculty development and mentoring be several years. I want to increase ourof success and a source of ideas for making program, led by Dr. James Provenzale, had department research portfolio while helpingour department successful. What were the its second year kick-off event on January 26. you advance your career. Let me know if youchanges and how can we learn from them? The concept of this program is to mentor are interested. and cultivate growth of our junior facultyRobert Irsay, the father, bought the Colts in so their ship is expertly navigated as it Soon Peyton Manning and the Colts will take1972 and was tight-fisted, the son made sure sails through the often murky Emory and the Super Bowl field again. Regardless ofthe resources for success were available. The career waters. However, this opportunity how the game turns out, they provide a widefather often acted rash and hasty – firing is not limited to the group enrolled in this window through which we can see whatcoaches on a whim; the son ruled with a program. Mentoring is available for anyone it takes to be a winner. Regardless of howsteady hand and has delegated authority. His who would like professional guidance. If your next grant is scored, knowfather did not treat all people with respect, you are interested in providing or receiving that hard work and a steadythe son has remained humble. Under the mentoring, feel free to contact Dr. Provenzale approach will get you to yourfather, the players hated practice; under at email@example.com . goals. Good luck Peyton andthe son, the players often put in their own good luck to all of you too.time for extra practice. The father did not The second event is a program I am startinghave the patience to develop talent; the son which will provide help to those who would - JohnVotaw, PhDhas won with a combination of superstars, like to kick-start the research component Vice Chair for Research
3AWARDS & RECOGNITION Michael Lubarsky, MD Radiology - The Emory Clinic Radiology Resident - PGY3 STARS Reporting Award HR Tip RSNA Certificate of Merit Award The Emory Healthcare Office of Michael Lubarsky, MD, collaborated with Quality & Risk has awarded TEC Use It – Charles Ray, MD, and Brian Funaki, MD, on Radiology the Stars Reporting prize intheir exhibit entitled “How to Choose an Embolization recognition of the largest percentage Don’t Lose It –Agent: A Systematic Approach” that was presented increase, 200% in STARS reports for 2009 FSA Funds!at the 2009 Annual RSNA Meeting in Chicago. The the month of December. This awardpresentation demonstrated a systematic approach has been developed to encourage The risk of forfeitingapplicable for most clinical scenarios directly related to STARS reporting of all unexpected money from yourembolization procedures in Interventional Radiology. events, in order to improve the safety Healthcare FSA (FlexibleAwards are determined by a special Awards Committee of our patients, families, staff and Spending Account) hasthat is selected by the RSNA Board of Directors. physicians, and save lives. been reduced by the “grace period.” YouRadiology - The Emory Clinic (TEC): 1525, Executive Park (EP) & will be able to use any remaining balance inEUHM - Medical Office Tower (MOT) your FSA at the end ofPress Ganey Goals 2009 Award 2009 to pay for expenses incurred through MarchThese locations received this prestigious award from Emory Healthcare’s Department of Patient Relations 15, 2010. Only 2009 FSAService Management at TEC. In order to meet the Press Ganey Goals, a particular section must meet or funds not used by Marchsurpass their target patient satisfaction score for the forth quarter or surpass the goal from averaging all four 15, 2010 will be forfeited.quarter’s data. 1525 accomplished both of these achievements while EP and MOT had exceeded its goals for To avoid forfeiture,the forth quarter reports. purchase items such as eyeglasses, contact lenses,In addition to the plaque given to the winning locations, each area receives and other approveda gift bag to reward their hard-working staff. EP celebrated with an after-work dinner at Moe’s Southwest Grill. MOT and 1525 are uniting for a FSA expenditures.celebratory lunch where senior administration is invited to congratulate Reimbursement requeststhose dedicated staff. using your previous year’s remaining FSA Trecia Wertz, Manager at MOT & 1525, along with Michael Barber, Manager balance must be filed at EP expressed their appreciation for all the staff that constantly work to , by May 15, 2010. Please improve their patient satisfaction scores.They acknowledge the exceptional remember to keep all of teamwork this area always exhibits to accommodate the patients and expedite your receipts as they are exams.“Our patients have high expectations from us, so we treat every required for verification individual as if they were our own family to ensure the greatest quality of of expenses. patient care. It becomes our job to care and make a difference in the lives of our patients.” The “grace period” only applies for FSA. IfAmerican Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Certifications you have a DependentTabitha, Robert and Bertukan have been certified by ARRT in the various areas of specialized care. Day Care FSA, you doThe ARRT´s credential assures patients that Registered Technologists who conduct medical imaging NOT have a “graceprocedures have completed the prescribed educational preparation, passed the appropriate exam period” in which to useand pledged to abide by stringent ethics requirements — all of which assist them in delivering safe remaining previous yearand effective patient care. balances. All claims for 2009 Dependent DayMRI Certification Computed Tomography Certification Care FSA must be filed no later than March Tabitha Broxton, RT (CT)(MR) Bertukan Kedir, RT(R)(CT) 31, 2010, to receive a Radiologic Technologist - EUOSH reimbursement. Radiologic Technologist – EUHM- MOT Robert Richardson, RT(R)(MR) For further information Radiologic Technologist - EUHM on what is a qualified expense for the FSA or needed claim forms, please Laura Champagne, RDMS, AB/GYN/OB visit the below link: http:// Ultrasound Technologist - EUHM - MOT www.hr.emory.edu/eu/ benefits/healthanddental/ The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) flexspendingaccts/index. Having now passed her OB/GYN Registry, Laura Champagne now holds two html credentials with RDMS and has almost ten years experience.
4STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCEThe Success of PartnershipsWe have embarked upon a allows team members tonew year and with each yearwe are reminded by Barbara work together toward a common goal. Quality CornerSher, author of several self- Quality is defined in many different ways and ithelp books, that “Change is • Effective Communication should include the quality of our product—that isnot only likely, it’s inevitable.” Effective communication is the imaging and interpretation we provide; qualityA few of the system changes important in order to build of our service to patients and referring providers—within the Department of dynamic collaborations, how satisfied are they with the work quality of ourRadiology are as follows: the resolve issues and reach business—that is our financial health, and finally,implementation of the new shared goals.The most quality of our work environment—how positive isPeopleSoft Compass Financial successful partnerships have our view of where we work? As you can imagine,system, the RIS system and the regular communication to a positive attitude can go a long way. We have thenew mammography reporting provide updates and progress power to create and change events by what we dosystem.We are all faced with on individual initiatives or and believe every day.the daunting tasks of learning work elements.new procedures, new ways • An Environment of Trust The Department of Radiology has embarked onof thinking, new chart of Trust is an essential strategic planning for quality and safety that includesaccounts and understanding ingredient for successful a vision, new Radiology Quality Council with awork flow changes. During partnerships and it enables committee structure and goals. The Radiologythis transition, partnering with open collaboration and Quality Council has created our “big goal’s” forfaculty and staff members, and contribution. Respect and the department to adopt the Care Transformationother departments is crucial value of suggestions and Model that has four main parts:for producing innovative and recommendations are coresuccessful outcomes. elements of an efficient 1. Foster a culture of quality partnership. 2. Enhance Patient SatisfactionA partnership is defined byMerriam-Webster Dictionary • Recognition of 3. Improve Standardization of Workas a relationship of individuals Accomplishments Processesor groups marked by mutual Successful partnershipscooperation, commitment look for opportunities 4. Improve Clinical Quality andand responsibility. Successful to celebrate individual Safety Outcomespartnerships begin and thrive project successes or key Our shared vision is to transform Emory Radiologywith a clear understanding benchmarks. Recognizing and by integrating the highest quality and safetythat each partner has a shared celebrating accomplishments practices and fostering our culture of transparencyresponsibility, accountability helps motivate, increases and patient and family centered care. This view isand interest in the outcome. momentum and impels aligned with Emory Healthcare’s vision of adoptingThese relationships allow all people on to new challenges. the Care Transformation Model. This model is veryparties to share expertise, patient and family focused. The Care Transformationresources and develop new As we are aware, clinical service, research and teaching model has five attributes: (1) Patient and Familynetworking opportunities while Centered Care (PFCC); (2) Cultural Competencyavoiding duplicative services. are the three pillars of an academic institution, and we and Diversity; (3) Shared Decision-Making; (4)Several success factors of a Transparency; and (5) Fair and Just Culture. Theypartnership were developed by all must strategically partner to achieve excellence in all are inseparably related and inter-dependent. TheBrian O’Neill when he served core principles of PFCC -respect and dignity,as Superintendent of the aspects of our mission. During the implementation of any information sharing, participation, collaboration-Golden Gate National Parks. reflect this interdependency. For example, RespectHe noted that all partnerships new system, it is particularly important that we show and Dignity implies and drives Cultural Competencyshould possess the following and Diversity; and information sharing implies andsuccess factors: shared vision, respect for and sensitivity to each other as we collaborate drives transparency. So we must learn to shareeffective communication, information with patients and families more openly.trust and recognition of toward a common goal.We embrace the reality that Our web sites and some new educational brochuresaccomplishments. are helping us to reach out to patients and families. everything we do, we• Shared Vision do as a partnership If you have ideas that help us to adopt the Care Development and and that our global Transformation Model, please share them with continuing refinement of success lies in the others or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org). a shared work vision is unique contributions - Kimberly Applegate vital to the partnership’s of all. Vice Chair for Quality & Safety success. A shared vision -Vivian Smith Assoc. Clinical Administrator
5ANNUAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE CHALLENGEThis issue marks the three year anniversary of the Rad Report. Over the last year, many different types of stories havebeen covered, throughout radiology. Test your Rad Report knowledge by completing the crossword puzzle featuring itemsthat have appeared over the last year. Rad Report 3rd Year Anniversary Use your 2009 Rad Report knowledge to win a prize by completing the Crossword Puzzle. See details on page 1. Submit your completed crossword to EUH-CG20 or Fax to 404-712-4730 The answers will be posted on the website on Feb. 22 www.radiology.eduACROSS DOWN2 This new faculty member took on the role of Assistant Program 1 The addition of a CT Scanner at CHOA-Egleston allows the Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. Children’s radiology team to perform scans on patients who are5 Dr. Andrew Taylor was honored with this NIH Award that recognizes too medically fragile to be transported because the scanner has this researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and advanced characteristic. outstanding research productivity. 3 Over the last year, the Divisions of Nuclear Medicine and9 Dr. Bobby Kalb was voted on by the residents to receive this award __________ Radiology have collaborated to advance the treatment for his knowledge and willingness to work with the residents. of metastic cancer through the use of Yttrium-90 (Y-90) therapy.11 This new program at Emory Radiology will empower our leaders 4 Last year, Dr. Kimberly Applegate was appointed to the newly through interactive experiences to create an understanding of how created position of Vice Chair of ___________. each individual contributes to our growth. 6 Dr. Patricia Hudgins took a six-month sabbatical to renew her12 To reflect their expanded role in the department, the Radiology passion for medicine through education and volunteering at the City Application Services team changed the first part of their name to of ________. this. 7 Dr. John Votaw joined the Radiology Executive Committee last16 This Honor Society of the Emory’s Medical Imaging Program summer when he became the Vice Chair for _________. participates in numerous community volunteer activity projects. 8 Dr. William Casarella was awarded this in 2009 by the ACR.19 Emory Radiology recently moved to the 20th position in this 10 Drs. Megan Bell, Nimesh Patel and Eva Riker are newly appointed to organization’s funding rankings. this position.20 Our Senior Marketing Manager who recently lead the efforts that 13 This Doctor was awarded “Innovation of the Year” by the Emory won the Silver Award for the “Best Use of Cross Media Approaches” Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) for the development of the for our UFE Campaign. PET tumor imaging agent 2-FACBC/2-FACPC.21 This Doctor was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Service for 14 The Siemens __________ T6 diagnostic system was added to the Radiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). Division of Nuclear Medicine at EUH to help enhance our advanced22 This social networking site allows all radiology professionals who diagnostic capabilities. have been touched by Emory during their career stay connected by 15 The Foam in - Foam out campaign launched by Emory Healthcare becoming a “friend” of Emory Radiology Alumni. encourages a high standard of hand hygiene by performing this23 Dr. Molly Faries, a Professor in the Department of History of Art at action before and after exiting a patient room. the University of Indiana Bloomington, was the guest speaker for this 17 This Professor Emeritus was selected for recognition as Emory Radiology annual lecture in the fall. Distinguished Emeritus by the Emeritus College for his many years24 This Doctor recently became the new Breast Imaging Center of continued contribution to the medical community. Director, after Dr. Carl D’Orsi 18 During this month we celebrated Medical Ultrasound Awareness.25 This division of Radiology is a collaborative group of sub-specialized radiologists who provide expertise for all areas of radiology.
6GETTING TO KNOW YOUCommunications ManagerThe position of Communications Manager Each month the Communications defining the needs of each program,was established in the fall of 2006 when Manager facilitates department- determining the content and creatingMonica Salama became the first person to wide distribution to all current resourceful binders.organize and centralize communications in the Radiology employees, RadiologyDepartment of Radiology. Since that time, the alumni and a growing readership In addition to these responsibilities, theEmory University Radiology website has been through the steady stream of new Communications Manager continuesrevamped, the Radiology monthly newsletter subscribers each month. to take on projects assigned from thewas created, an e-mail communications system Executive Committee, while facilitatingwas instituted, and the implementation and Another aspect of this the regular internal communications.management of successful departmental position is department-wide Monica Salama Other tasks include overseeing theprograms such as the Faculty Orientation and e-mail communications. The joined Emory Facebook page, designing departmentRadiology Leadership Academy were initiated. Radiologycomm e-mail account Radiology in 2006 event flyers, taking attendance at was created to communicate to as the first person various meetings, maintaining contactRadiology.emory.edu has become a valuable the department on a large scale. to centralize distribution lists, managing theresource for those looking for information Sending numerous communication communications for Communications Coordinator andabout the Emory Department of Radiology, e-mails can be time consuming the department. developing creative ways to effectivelyas well as for faculty and staff to access and since all outgoing messages must be approved communicate within the department.Thesestay informed with current events and news by an Executive Committee member abundant duties are never complete becausepertaining directly to the department.The before being sent to the faculty and staff of they all require continuous maintenance.Communications Manager reconstructed the the department. (To stay up-to-date with Therefore, effective time management becomeswebsite by standardizing the templates and is department specific messages please read your crucial to meet all the various deadlines.responsible for updates. Recently, collaboration Emory e-mail!)with the educational leaders of Radiology In 2007, Monica was a member of the RSNAhas been arranged to establish an interactive The Faculty Orientation, the Jr. Faculty Emory Booth team, and in 2008 she tooklearning module for the residents. Mentorship Program, and the Radiology the lead as Project Manager. In 2009, she was Leadership Academy (RLA) are programs awarded the Radiology Leadership AwardAs Communications Manager, Monica used that the Communications Manager assisted for her outstanding performance within theher experience and skills to construct the in establishing to benefit Radiology faculty department. Prior to joining Emory, MonicaRad Report by creating the design and layout, and staff, and to inspire collaboration and gained four years of experience in the Buschgenerating content, editing and distributing the opportunities for leadership roles. Monica is Gardens Tampa Bay Marketing Department. Shenewsletter.The Rad Report is now in its third passionate about facilitating these programs earned her Bachelor of Arts from the Universityyear of monthly publication and has successfully since they provide a “great opportunity for of South Florida in the area of Communications,established an active level of contributors, an setting up a positive learning environment with a focus on Advertising. Monica is also ainvolved editing team and a diverse readership. within the department”. Each of these member of the American Marketing Association programs were in development for months and recently became DiSC certified.CHECK IT OUT prior to their launch. The time was spent - Alaina Shapiro, Communications CoordinatorKim JJ, Dillon WP, Glastonbury CM, Provenzale JM, Wintermark M. Sixty-four-section multidetector CT angiography ofcarotid arteries: A systematic analysis of image quality and artifacts. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2009 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 19729539.Pierre-Jerome C, Smitson RD Jr, Shah RK, Moncayo V, Abdelnoor M, Terk MR. MRI of the median nerve and median arteryin the carpal tunnel: prevalence of their anatomical variations and clinical significance. Surg Radiol Anat. 2009 Dec 22. [Epubahead of print].Provenzale JM, Hacein-Bey L. CT evaluation of subarachnoid hemorrhage: a practical review for the radiologist interpretingemergency room studies. Emerg Radiol. 2009; 16:441-451.Provenzale JM, Sarikaya B. Comparison of test performance characteristics of MRI, MR Angiography, and CT angiography inthe diagnosis of carotid and vertebral artery dissection: A review of the medical literature. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2009. 193:1167-1174. Medina LS, Applegeate KE, Blackmore CC. Evidence-Based Imaging in Pediatrics: Optimizing Imaging in Pediatric Patient Care. Springer. 2009. Optimizing Imaging in Pediatric Patient Care presents a user friendly guide to the evidence-based science and the merit defining the appropriate use of medical imaging in infants and children. By offering a clear understanding of the science behind the evidence, the book fills a void for pediatricians, radiologists, clinicians, surgeons, residents and others with an interest in medical imaging and a desire to implement an evidence- based approach to optimize pediatric patient care.
7GET INVOLVEDEmployee EngagementWithin Emory and the Radiology Department, leadership is committedto employee engagement and cultivating a positive work environment.In our department the leadership is encouraged to take the time toshow their appreciation to their dedicated employees by engagingthem in various activities. Over the past few years, the Executive Park(EP) Radiology team has taken the time to acknowledge staff on theirbirthdays. This year, EP is expanding its employee engagement activities to recognize each staff member for his/her Week of February 8, 2010 “Years of Service” during the month of their Wed., Feb 10 – anniversary. Grand Rounds - Joel Saltz, MD, PhD On a monthly basis, managers will create a Biomedical Informatics and theme to engage employees, such as making Integrative Cancer Research pancakes for breakfast or providing small gifts for those being recognized. All employees will Thurs., Feb. 11 – be welcomed at these activities and pictures Research In Progress Series (RIPS) - Nivedita Candade Raghunath, MSAt EP, dedication and hard work will be hung on the bulletin board for those PET Motion Quality Controlare being recognized on their celebrating their “Years of Service” to theEmory Anniversary. department. Week of February 15, 2010Michael Barber, Radiology Manager, hopes these events will “increase Wed., Feb 17 –employee engagement by increasing morale, better unity between Grand Rounds -modalities and just an overall better atmosphere” at Executive Park. He Kimberly Applegate, MDlooks forward to reiterating the fact that the management cares about Quality in Radiology:What is it andand appreciates their employees for all the hard work they accomplish how can we measure it?every day. Thurs., Feb 18 –Employee engagement events are the perfect opportunity for RIPS -management to demonstrate the positive structure of teamwork. Michael CancelledBarber wants his employees to know “we are a team at Executive Parkand staff does not have to work on things alone, since it takes a team Week of February 22, 2010effort to accomplish our goals.” The Department of Radiology encourages Wed., Feb 24 –all staff members to speak with their managers about ideas for employee Grand Rounds -engagement that will promote teamwork and unity. Naomi Alazraki, MD Roles of PET/CT and SPECT/CT for - Alaina Shapiro, Communications Coordinator Oncologic Personalized Medicine Art on Display Thurs., Feb 25 – RIPS - The artistic talent of Tracy Ryan, Nachwa Jarkas, PhD General Diagnostic Supervisor at Characterization of anti-[18F]-FACPC and its Executive Park, is currently on display Enantiomers as PET Tumor Imaging Agents at The Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library located on The Emory University Week of March 1, 2010 campus. The exhibit will run through Wed., March 3 – March 4th. If you would like to view Grand Rounds - the Tracy’s work, the photos are N. Reed Dunnick, MD located on the 3rd and 4th levels. The Role of Board Certification library is open Monday thru Friday 7:15 am -3:30 pm, in Medical Quality Saturday 9:00 am -3:30 pm and Sunday 10:00 am -3:30 pm. Thurs., March 4 –Food Drive RIPS - Younghyoun Yoon, PhDSenior student, Sahar Mansouri from Emory Optical Imaging Guidance ofUniversity’s Medical Imaging Program, Tumor Resection Margin fordelivered three large boxes of food, mostly Head and Neck Cancerpeanut butter, to the Atlanta Food Bank inDecember. Thanks to all of you that participated in the Lambda Nu HonorSociety “Peanut Butter Drive.” We appreciate your support. - Barbara Peck, Asst. Program Director
8NEW FACES & APPOINTMENTS Denise Fennell Marc White Adminstrative Assistant - EUH Quality Analyst - EUH Before joining our department as an Administrative Marc has 19 years of engineering experience combining Assistant for the IR Division, Denise was with three years as a designer, seven years as an engineer Emory Temporary Services since June of 2009. She and nine years as a process improvement specialist for has 16 years experience working as a Radiology companies such as Ford Motor Company, Nissan, Blue Department secretary at Saint Joseph’s Health Bird Bus,ACS and GBPS Consulting Firm, in which he System. Denise is an avid reader, enjoys traveling to is company owner. Marc received his MS in Mechanical the beach and attending jazz festivals. Engineering and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Updates from Imaging Application Services (IAS): New GE PACS Update They will be training on the use of the GE PACS PACS is going LIVE! application, tools of the application, as well as • Week of February 8th building radiologist’s hanging protocols (DDPs) and 1. Radiology Technologists go live at Wesley Woods, teaching the radiologists how to build their own. Executive Park, EUOSH, Perimeter and 1525 on Tuesday February 9th. Training Classroom • A new radiology information applications training room • Training since mid-January has been going well. The was created at EUH with GE work stations, where “Transition Team” has had their master training and is master trainers and super-users have been training since helping with training for the techs and super users. The mid January. “Transition Team” is an eight member group comprised of Radiology staff to help with training, go-live roll-out • We will continue to use the classroom for all training and implementation of the new PACS. They will be going forward. full-time with the new GE PACS project for the entire implementation. They will be there as added support and Production Support Update troubleshooting during each implementation phase. The IAS support team (previously called RAS) has moved. We’re now in the far corner of the old MRI suites CG01 • Week of February 22nd of the EUH hospital basement. Please stop by to say hello! 1. MSK radiologists go live at Executive Park on We plan to have an open house later this month so you can Tuesday February 23rd. see our space and meet the team. 2. GE Applications trainers will be on site during - Starla Longfellow, Assistant Director, Imaging Services go-live for real time training for providers. Quality & Strategic Initiatives EHCNEED FOR NEWSWould you like to contribute to the Rad Report?This February we are celebrating the Thank you to all who, through monthly Thank you to the readers, who makethird year of publication for the Rad content submissions, have utilized this the effort worth while. Without yourReport. Our readership has grown tool to disseminate pertinent information readership, the newsletter would fail towith new subscribers each month and and recognize the accomplishments serve its purpose.generates more than 400 hits on our within our department.website the day it is released. If you have an idea for a story or would Thank you to the editing team for like to acknowledge a professionalThe primary goal of our newsletter is reviewing the content each month before accomplishment, you can becometo serve as a vehicle to communicate going to print. Editors: involved with the Rad Report byacross our divisions and create a Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, Dr. William Torres, sending an e-mail tobetter understanding of how each Habib Tannir, Dr. John Votaw, RadiologyComm@of us contributes to the department Dr. Mark Mullins, Dr. Kimberly emoryhealthcare.org.as a whole. Through the continuous Applegate, Alaina Shapiro, Nancy When submitting contentcontent submissions, the commitment Costello, and photographs by Sara for consideration, pleaseof the editors, and the dedication of the Hopkins and Eric Jablonowski. copy your supervisor,readers, this newsletter is a success. manager or director. Look for a new issue of the Rad Report the first full week of March. - Monica Salama Communications Manager