Looking Out for Kids Eighth Annual Benefit
Salus University held its eighth annual “Looking out For Kids” benefit on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hafter Student Center. NBC10 anchor and reporter, Rosemary Connors, co-hosted the annual event which included Philadelphia-themed entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event help provide vision care for under-insured and uninsured children in and around Philadelphia. Since its inception, the “Looking Out for Kids” program has brightened thousands of children’s lives to enhance educational performance.
Karen Kutner Named Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations at Salus University
Salus University has named Karen Kutner assistant vice president for clinical operations. Salus University is an internationally recognized academic institution offering a wide range of graduate, post-graduate and professional degree programs for healthcare professionals.
In her new position, Kutner will serve as the chief operating officer responsible for the efficient and effective management of the University’s clinical sites while ensuring the highest standards of patient care in conjunction with the educational experience of its students. Current Salus clinical sites include The Eye Institute, which has three locations, and the Pennsylvania Ear Institute. With more than 25 years of experience, Kutner most recently held the position of administrator for the department of surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. In this role, Kutner served as the senior administrative leader for 13 clinical divisions, network-owned surgical practices and programs. She was also responsible for the department’s pre-graduate, graduate and post-graduate medical education, quality performance improvement initiatives, clinical research and scholarly activity for the integrated healthcare system. Prior to that position she was a clinical department administrator at Temple University School of Medicine.
Kutner is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.
Public Health Awareness
Our name, “Salus,” is a Latin word for health and well-being. The mission of the University is to “enhance and protect health and well-being through education, research, patient care and community services worldwide.”
As part of our mission we offer the following information and links that may prove helpful:
- Information for the general public: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/human-transmission.html
- Information for clinicians: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html
- CDC Ebola fact sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf
Ebola concerns: Now that the disease has entered the United States, it is understandable that people are concerned about the dangers of infection. Ebola, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The CDC is one of the best sources of current information about ebola and has established guidelines that are followed by our doctors, students and staff in our five clinical locations, The Eye Institute and its satellite offices, Pennsylvania Ear Institute and the Feinbloom Low Vision Clinic.
Flu season is here. To ensure that you don’t fall victim to the flu, see your primary care physician to receive your annual shot. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Thousands of deaths occur each year due to the flu and about 90% of those occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.( http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm)
Enterovirus (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses and its mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. According to the CDC, generally speaking infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages that can often be prevented with vaccines and can usually be treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs (such as Tamiflu), or specific drug therapies. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You are more likely to become ill with pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Ask your primary care physician if you are a candidate for a pneumonia vaccination. (http://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/)
With colds, viruses and many communicable diseases, something as simple as handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song!) is a critical component in the prevention of infection. Using anti-bacterial wipes or sprays on frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, toys, are also key factors. As always, check with your primary care provider when you have questions.
Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection. Enteroviruses can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s throat and nose. Check with your primary care physician if your child or you exhibit these symptoms. (http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html)
East Norriton Township Holiday Parade & Fundraiser
We hope to see you at this weekend's Holiday Parade & Fundraiser on December 6th (Saturday) in East Norriton Township benefitting the university's "Looking Out for Kids" (LOFK) vision care initiative! LOFK provides free comprehensive eye exams for students, including those in the Norristown Area School District.
Read more about the event in The Times Herald: http://www.timesherald.com/business/20141203/east-norriton-loves-a-parade-at-christmastime
Electronic Health Record: Part TWO
Assistant director, Celeste Tucker, goes over the electronic health record with primary care patient representative, Sheree Akers. (Photo by Andrew Ciechanowski)
Last summer, The Eye Institute (TEI) transitioned to a specialty Electronic Health Record (EHR). The first phase of this transition was focused on primary care – a large part of the care provided to our patients. In the year prior to implementation, this service had over 21,500 patient visits. This drastically changed the way patient care was documented, tracked, and maintained.
The benefits of an EHR are tremendous, and include:
- Elimination of lost medical records
- Time savings and efficiencies in appointing and billing
- Ability to compile public health and research data
These changes, while great, can be difficult to integrate into patient care and student training. Over the past year, TEI went through several customizations and changes to their own Electronic Health Record screens and processes. These useful updates enhanced the quality of care for our patients, documentation, and the academic experience for our students.
The Eye Institute is in the final stages of phase II of the EHR transition. At the end of May, the majority of The Eye Institute’s specialty services completed the transition to EHR. Pediatrics, which includes Vision Therapy and the Brain Injury Clinic, Low Vision Services, which includes community outreach services at schools for the visually impaired and at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and the Neuro-Ophthalmic service all converted to the EHR. These services worked extremely hard preparing for this difficult transition, developed individualized screens and redesigned their processes to take advantage of EHR benefits. This conversion will continue to improve quality and the continuity of care from start to finish.