Epic Downtime is Scheduled for Thursday, July 23, from 3-5am
- An AlertUs message will flash on every computer screen to warn users at 2:45 am to log off.
- After this AlertUs message is seen, orders are held in the system until downtime ends. Therefore STAT orders should follow a downtime process immediately.
- Users can use View–Only SRO (Supports Read-Only) – Epic is available in a read only mode as of the point in time the system went to downtime. Reports are available.
- No new entries can be made into the system during the downtime – no new orders, documentation, ADT and new results will not display.
- Follow Department’s downtime procedures and use downtime forms.
- Epic will be available to Registration prior to everyone else so any new admissions and ADT information can be entered first.
- An AlertUs message will flash when the system is back up for everyone.
- After the system returns, follow Department’s downtime procedure and enter orders, documentation into Epic.
- Clarity reports will not be available until after 1 pm.
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Memo from Gene E. Green, MD, President and CEO
RE: Promotion for Joe Linstrom
Barbara Jacobs, Senior Director of Nursing resigned from Suburban Hospital at the end of June. Jacky Schultz, Chief Operating Officer, has agreed to step into the role of interim Chief Nursing Officer and will work closely with Associate CNO LeighAnn Sidone. We are very fortunate that we can benefit from Jacky’s many years of experience in managing nursing operations and LeighAnn’s 20 years of dedicated service to Suburban. I plan to perform a search for Suburban’s new Chief Nursing Officer after the completion of the VPMA search.
With these changes I am pleased to announce that I have promoted Joe Linstrom to the position of Vice President of Operations. Joe came to Suburban Hospital in 1998 and was promoted to Senior Director of Diagnostic and Support Operations in 2010. I am confident that in this new role, Joe will contribute to our key priorities of enhancing the patient, family and physician experience while sustaining operational excellence.
Please join me in congratulating Joe. He can be reached at 301-896-2075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 18, Suburban Hospital Laboratory Services upgraded the Chemistry instrumentation to the Roche Cobas 6000 and the Hematology instrumentation to the Sysmex XN3000. In addition, the Laboratory updated the Laboratory Information System to the SCC Soft Lab system and Haemonetics Safe Trace TX Blood Bank LIS.
Due to the expansion of the construction project to include the Lambert building, the parking gate at the Southwick parking entrance is no longer accessible. Please use the Lincoln Street entrance instead.
Also, please note that construction fencing has been installed around the Lambert Building. Staff can no longer be able to walk behind the Lambert Building to access the sidewalk along the garage to get to the hospital. The sidewalk along the back of the garage will continue to be open for people parking in the garage as long as the garage is operational.
Lastly, Lincoln Street between Old Georgetown Road and Grant Street will be closing as a through street on July 22. This block of Lincoln Street will continue to provide access to the Suburban Hospital campus.
ICD-10: ICD-10 will go live on October 1, 2015. Are you and your office staff prepared?
- This code set change will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures.
- Major impact areas include billing, financial clearance, patient referral, and clinical documentation.
- IMPORTANT – Please include the ICD-10 diagnosis code for any referrals or appointments that may be scheduled on or after Oct. 1, 2015. For any new appointments or standing orders continuing into October, the Patient Access team has begun to ask for ICD-10 diagnosis information.
- Provider training for ICD-10 will begin in July for residents and in August for all other providers. Stay tuned for more details.
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Mark Your Calendar: JHM Town Hall Meeting at Suburban Hospital
There will be a LIVE Johns Hopkins Town Hall Meeting on Friday, July 31 from 1:30 to 2:30pm in our Auditorium. All physicians are welcome to join us.
Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine will join a panel discussion on the people strategic priority.
Suburban Hospital Grand Rounds/JHM Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds will be on vacation during July and August. We’ll see you in September!