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December 22, 2015

WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER JOINS PULMONARY FIBROSIS FOUNDATION CARE CENTER NETWORK
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been selected as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s PFF Care Center Network. This network offers Ohio State access to a wealth of resources for patients and caregivers, and improves collaboration among the network’s 40 member sites across 26 states to advance the care of people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF). This condition causes lung tissue to become thickened, stiff and scarred over time, decreasing the lung’s ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. Launched in 2013, the PFF Care Center Network is a growing group of medical centers that have proven experience and expertise in caring for patients with fibrotic lung disease. Member sites work together to provide a standardized and comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing, treating and managing PF. 


OSU WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER RE-VERIFIED AS A LEVEL 1 TRAUMA CENTER
The American College of Surgeons has re-verified The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a ‘Level I’ trauma center, denoting it as a regional resource to care for the most critically ill and injured patients. The Level I verification follows a comprehensive review of the Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center practices and policies related to providing optimal care for critically ill and injured patients. The review, conducted by trauma surgeons associated with the American College of Surgeons, takes place every three years. OSUWMC has held a Level I designation since 1987 and was one of the first hospitals to receive the designation after the verification program started.


JAMES SELECTED FOR 2015 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH BUREAU DIRECTOR’S AWARD
Arthur James, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, received the 2015 Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Director’s Award. The MCHB annually presents this award to individuals who have made noteworthy national level contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents and children with special health care needs. James is recognized for his leadership and participation in the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), and his partnership and leadership in eliminating disparities in birth outcomes and promoting health equality. 


BILLER NAMED MARCH OF DIMES OHIO NURSES OF THE YEAR; 19 OTHER OSU NURSES RECOGNIZED
Jamie Biller, RN, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, received the 2015 March of Dimes Ohio Nurse of the Year Award in the medical-surgical category. The third annual Ohio Nurse of the Year Award recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession. In addition to Biller, 19 other Ohio State nurses were named finalists.


BEST NAMED EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SPORTS REVIEW JOURNAL
Thomas Best, MD, division director of sports medicine in family medicine at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, was sought out to join the editorial staff at Sports Review Journal because of his commitment to educational initiatives and evidence based medicine. The Sports Review Journal is a free, open access, peer-edited journal that surveys and critically analyzes the most up to date sports literature. It was developed to educate all sports medicine professionals, including therapy and athletic training disciplines.


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Media Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu