- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—ALBANY — Several physicians and affiliate staff applicants, also known as mid-level providers, are looking to come on board at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a recent report from the hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee showed.

There are four physicians looking to gain privileges. They are pediatrician Dr. Daniel Alexander, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Tony Davis, emergency medicine physician Dr. Supreet Kaur and infectious disease specialist Dr. Carlo McCalla, the report said.

Alexander, Kaur and McCalla are listed as locum tenens, which means they are coming in to temporarily fill in for someone else.

The report shows that six affiliate staff applicants are looking to come on board with the required physician sponsor in their respective specialties. Tezita Be-Emnet is coming in pediatrics under Dr. Robert Paduano, Ashley Giddens with Dr. Kamil Hanna at Cardiology Associates, Gerlana Green and Kimberly Shaw will be working in emergency medicine with Dr. James Edward Black, James Stephen Musgrove will be with Dr. El-Roy Dixon with Dixon Eye Care and Kasheika Williams will be working in internal medicine with Dr. Rowland Chigbu.

Several other affiliate staff members are changing sponsors or adding one, the report said. Catherine Saylor and Sirlena Brown are switching from Dr. Richard Heath to Dr. Georgianna Miksis, while Judith Sanders and Scott Frazier are switching from Heath to Dr. Erwinson Bassig — all in pediatrics and neonatology. Ozell Williams, working in family medicine, is switching from Dr. Thomas Neal to Dr. Thomas Hilsman, Amie Lockhart, who is in internal medicine, is going from Dr. Robert Krywicki to Dr. Alan Brown and Douglass Kurtz, also in internal medicine, is moving from Dr. Ramana Rao to Dr. Charles Tyler.

Two are adding a sponsor. Penny McCullough and Christopher Kimbrel, both in palliative care under Dr. Chad Kishore, are also requesting to work alongside Dr. Walisa Maynard, the report said.

Under resignations and retirements, pediatrician Dr. Bruce Smith is retiring effective today, with a request out for him to join the emeritus staff. Dr. Marty Sellers, who had been working with Phoebe as a consulting physician, is no longer employed with Piedmont Hospital, and Dr. Michael Minix, another consulting physician, relocated last month, the report said.

As far as specific privileges go, Dr. LaMont Smith with the Department of Critical Care has had privileges tentatively approved to perform percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies with the requirements that the first 10 cases be proctored by a physician with similar privileges and the first 20 cases to be reviewed by the Surgical Case Review Committee, the report said.

The credentials report reviewed by the Professional Affairs Committee went before the Medical Executive Committee on July 7 and the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on June 29.

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The committee is also meant to watch over and report to the board on matters of quality and safety within the hospital.

The medical staff at Phoebe primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicants’ qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the committee before the hospital’s full board makes a final decision.

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