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June 9, 2016

OSU WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER HONORS THREE VOLUNTEERS WITH AWARDS
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recently honored three volunteers with awards for their service. Galloway resident Irineo ‘Rene” Acacio, received the 2016 Heart to Heart Award from Ross Heart Hospital. The award provides special recognition to a volunteer who demonstrates an extraordinary level of care and commitment toward patients, families and visitors. Acacio, a retired physician, has volunteered in the Ross Heart Hospital 4th floor surgery waiting area for 11 years, giving more than 2,000 hours of service. Reynoldsburg resident Jennae Shelby received the 2016 REACH Award from University Hospital East. This award stands for “Recognizing an East Outstanding Community Hero.” It’s awarded to a hospital volunteer who exemplifies reliability and dedication, excellent service to the hospital’s patients and families, kindness and compassion for others. Shelby has given 200 hours of volunteer service since autumn semester 2014. Clintonville resident John Cleary has been awarded the 2016 Mary E. Shoemaker Volunteer Service Award from University Hospital. This award honors a previous volunteer, Mary Shoemaker, who exemplified the best spirit of volunteerism. Cleary has volunteered in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit since 2010, giving more than 800 volunteer hours.


OSU WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER HONORED WITH MISSION: LIFELINE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award. It’s given for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is recognized for achieving exceptional compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.


MIZER TO RECEIVE NATA ATHLETIC TRAINER SERVICE AWARD
Chris C. Mizer, MS, ATC, is one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients. Mizer is the associate director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Sports Medicine. The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.


NEW ACGME ACCREDITED FELLOWSHIP IN CLINICAL INFORMATICS TO LAUNCH AT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State University, in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), has achieved initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a new Clinical Informatics Fellowship program. This program will train physicians in this relatively new subspecialty of medicine. Through their work, clinical informaticians lead teams that develop, implement, and optimize electronic health records (EHRs) and related health information systems, all with the goal of improving health care and health outcomes for patients and populations. The fellowship program is led by Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, and Jeffrey Hoffman, MD, chief medical information officer at NCH.


OSU SPORTS MEDICINE EXPERTS HONORED WITH AWARDS
The Ohio Athletic Trainers Association (OATA) has selected Jim Borchers, M.D. as a Team Physician of the Year. The OATA recognizes physicians with this prestigious honor for the time and dedication they give to student athletes and schools, as well as for their support to the profession of athletic training. The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) will honor Lucas Vanetten, PT, DPT, OCS with its Outstanding Physical Therapist Award at a luncheon on April 23, as a result of a patient nomination. The OPTA presents this annual award to acknowledge a physical therapist who has made significant contributions to the profession of physical therapy in the state of Ohio in one or more of the following areas: clinical service, education, research, administration, public service and contributions to the organization.


MEHTA APPOINTED TO SARAH ROSS SOTER ENDOWED CHAIR IN WOMEN’S CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Laxmi Mehta, MD, clinical director of the women’s cardiovascular health program and associate director of education at the Center for Women’s Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been appointed to the Sarah Ross Soter Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health. Mehta will serve a four year term, effective July 1, 2016. 


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