Premier Pulse

Volume 4, Issue 8 – August 2017

The Physician’s Role and the Joint Commission


Marc Belcastro, DO, chief medical officer, Southern Region


Matthew Reeves, DO, MBA, chief medical officer, Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center just completed a Joint Commission inspection and Miami Valley Hospital will be visited between now and October. While it is important to be prepared, it is more important to remember WHY we work so hard to comply with the guidelines. The WHY is our desire and commitment to keep our patients safe, every day, every time. This level of consistency requires a dedication to habits and attention to detail. Read more.

Cardiovascular Update: Premier Health Expands Intervention Program

Rutledge_HS_350x350By Robin Rutledge, vice president, service line integration, cardiovascular services

Rutledge HSMore than five million people in the United States suffer from atrial fibrillation and the number of people affected by the condition is expected to double by 2050. The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with A Fib is blood-thinning warfarin. Despite proven efficacy, long-term warfarin medication is not tolerated by some patients and carries significant risk for bleeding complications. Read more.

      Editorial Board: Dr. Marc Belcastro, Dr. Atindra Chatterji, Dr. Jerry Clark, Dr. Jennifer Hauler, Dr. Scott Kanagy, Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, Dr. Matthew Reeves 

      Chief Communications Officer: Diane Ewing 

      Chief Consumer Officer: Chris Butler 

      Director, System Communications: Ben Sutherly 

      Editor: Niki Miller