VUMC's ‘Choosing Wisely’ initiative to reduce repetitive lab tests
A Vanderbilt University Medical Center initiative being led by teams of resident physicians is reducing repetitive lab tests and making a visible impact on health care delivery, according to a VUMC release.
What began as a friendly challenge prompted by the Choosing Wisely campaign, a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) focused on encouraging increased communication between health care providers and patients about the overuse of laboratory tests and procedures, is creating change at VUMC.
At hospitals across the nation morning blood tests and other frequently performed lab tests have become an entrenched ritual. The Choosing Wisely campaign asks doctors everywhere to consider alternatives to incremental tests performed on patients that may not yield meaningful information.
Since April, VUMC’s Choosing Wisely campaign has resulted in the following:
* Avoided $194,954 in patients’ medical bills
* Prevented 7,862 ml of patients’ blood (more than 2 gallons) from being drawn
* Eliminated 1,572 redundant lab tests
“The beauty of this entire process is that it has been led by a group of residents from multiple departments across the institution,” Dr. Donald Brady, VU senior associate dean for graduate medical education and continuing professional development, said in a release. “The residents reviewed the more than 250 Choosing Wisely recommendations then chose what they felt they could best influence and from their perspective provide significant, positive impact for VUMC.
Fisher Brown Bottrell hires Dietrich
The Nashville branch of bank-owned agency Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc., has hired Mark Dietrich as business insurance consultant.
Dietrich will provide middle market companies with customized solutions and value-added services.
Prior to joining Fisher Brown Bottrell, Dietrich served as account manager for medical device sales startup Resource-Logix, at which he was responsible for sales in Tennessee and Kentucky.
“Mark has great sales experience and really understands the market in Tennessee, which is hugely important as we continue to build awareness of our first Tennessee branch,” Parker Rains, vice president of Nashville-based Fisher Brown Bottrell, said in a release. “Mark’s experience in the health care industry will also be a valuable asset, as Nashville is one of the nation’s health care capital.”
Dietrich attended earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where he played tennis and was two-time All-SEC.
Insight Genetics adds six
Local molecular diagnostic company Insight Genetics Inc. has added six employees to its team.
They are as follows:
* Rebecca Smith, PhD, has joined as scientist II;
* Lance Thomas, PhD, has joined as scientist II;
* Frank McMahon has joined as research associate II;
* Sajid Qadri has joined as research associate I;
* Ryan Vincent has joined as research associate I; and
* Andrew Dahlhauser has joined as quality assurance associate.
“Each of these professionals brings unique knowledge and a diverse set of skills to our scientific and business operations,” Christopher Callaghan, president and COO of Insight Genetics, said in release. “We look forward to their contributions to our company’s growth and mission of enabling precision medicine in cancer care.”
Lipman welcomes Strutko
The Nashville office of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty has hired Chris Strutko as an affiliate broker.
Strutko joins the group with more than 15 years of previous real estate experience and relevant expertise in insurance services management, contracting and operations management.
Previously, Strutko was a real estate assistant for a RE/MAX Executive Club Award recipient, assisting in the closing of millions of dollars in home sales.
Walton brings on board Bonanno for Tennessee work
The Walton Group of Companies, a family-owned real estate investment and development group with regional headquarters in Atlanta, has announced the promotion of John Bonanno to general manager of Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
Bonanno will oversee two of Walton’s development projects in North Carolina and Georgia and will supervise the administration of over 14,000 acres of land including recently acquired properties in Nashville, Walton’s newest market. Before the promotion, Bonanno served as senior planning and development manager in the Carolinas.
“John’s strong background in real estate development and project administration makes him the perfect person to lead Walton’s projects in the Southeast, particularly our development projects at Bonterra Village and Woodward Crossing,” Paul Beidel, regional president of Walton Development and Management, said in a release. “With nearly 20,000 acres of land under administration in the Southeast, the Southeast will continue to play an important role in Walton’s long-term growth strategy.”
Locally, Walton acquired Carothers Crossing, a mixed-use residential community east of Nolensville in May. It just announced its acquisition of land for Trails of Brownlyn, a planned unit development approved for 725 residential units in Fairview.
Bonanno holds a Bachelors of Science degree in architectural technologies from New York Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. He is a registered professional engineer and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.
Journey Home Project taps Daniels board chairman
501c3 organization Journey Home Project has named Nashville-area musician Charlie Daniels as its board chairman.
In 2009, Daniels began hosting a yearly fundraising dinner at The Palm restaurant where money raised would be donated to various military charities. In 2012, Daniels and David Corlew, co-founder of Journey Home Project, started the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes Fund as part of the Yellow Ribbon Education Program to raise money to allow our military heroes to receive an excellent education.
Now, along with partners Joe and Mercedez Longever, the Journey Home Project has been established to cultivate and bring all fundraising efforts under one umbrella.
“The Journey Home Project was born out of a need and helps create awareness, reaching out to people who might not come into contact with soldiers on a daily basis, but who care, we know that America is full of people who want to help, but they're not sure how,” Joe Longever, Journey Home Project board member, said in a release. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much, they are proud tha