Archive | June 28, 2011

Reading Between the IV Lines: A Physician Book Club

A group of Lexington Medical Center’s physicians are part of a Roundtable and Book Club. This group includes physicians from Lexington Medical Center’s medical staff who represent different specialties and leadership experiences.

Starting in October 2010, they met twice each month in the Doctor’s Lounge at the hospital for breakfast and to review various leadership topics. The discussions lasted 20 minutes and LMC provided the reading materials for the participants.

Last fall, the group read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, MD. Dr. Gawande is a
surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the World Health Organization, he showed that a simple checklist could dramatically affect outcomes in surgical patients. Recently, the South Carolina Hospital Association partnered with Dr. Gawande to bring the surgical checklist to South Carolina. LMC is actively engaging in this initiative.

The group’s second book was Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center’s
Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience by Charles Kenney
. Virginia Mason is a 336-bed
acute care community hospital in Seattle, Washington with a medical staff of 445
physicians. Recently, the Leapfrog Group recognized Virginia Mason as the top hospital of the decade for its strong commitment to patient safety and quality. Applying manufacturing principles in health care, they have made great strides in reducing medical errors and producing a “defect-free” care experience.

L – r: Dr. Lee Boguski; Dr. Myron Barwick; Dr. Jayne Moffatt; Dr. David H. Lamb; Dr. Quillin Davis; Dr. Brent Powers; Dr. Marc Antonetti; Dr. Robert Callis; Dr. Lillie Bates; and Dr. P.D. Bullard (Not pictured: Dr. Layne Clemenz; Dr. Sarkis Derderian; Dr. Michael Ervin; Dr. Bill Moore; and Dr. Mathew Springs)