Category Archives: Success Stories

7 February 2017

Grand Strand Medical Center Adds Neonatology Program

Grand Stand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has launched a new neonatology program that has been in the works for about a year. The hospital is working to recruit two permanent, local neonatologists. Until those positions can be filled, neonatologists from other counties in South Carolina are working at the hospital, making Grand Stand Medical Center the only hospital in Horry County to have a neonatologist either in the hospital or on-call at all times.

Dr. Art Shepard, the Sheridan neonatologist who worked on staff at the hospital during the first week of the new program, told local ABC News affiliate WPDE that the hospital delivers about 1,000 babies a year, and that 8-10 percent of all babies need...

27 January 2017

Jason Cobb, CRNA Receives Inaugural Bob & Ethel Allison Patient Safety Award

The Bob & Ethel Allison Patient Safety Award was conceived in response to a potential wrong-site surgery two years ago that was prevented thanks to the alertness, quick thinking and willingness to speak up of CRNA Jason Cobb. On Tuesday, Cobb became the first recipient of the award his actions helped inspire.

In December 2014, Bob Allison was being prepared for knee surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County in Middleburg, Florida. All the records, including the consent form Bob had signed, showed that the surgery was to be performed on Allison’s right knee, and the OR team confirmed that as the correct surgical site during the routine pre-op time-out. But when Jason Cobb looked over the...

8 December 2016

McLaren Hospital’s CEO Discusses the Value of Sheridan’s Distributed Radiology Services

When William “Bill” Lawrence became CEO of McLaren Central Michigan Hospital eight years ago, he saw no significant clinical issues with the three-physician radiology group at the 118-bed acute-care hospital, per a new article in Radiology Today. He did, however, find problems typical of a hospital that size: slow turnaround times, lack of consistency and significant gaps in the radiology services and modalities offered. Lawrence turned to an old friend, radiology leader Frank Seidelmann, D.O., to ask for his thoughts on solutions that could improve McLaren’s radiology services at a reasonable cost. 

Both men had worked at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and had known each other for many...

17 November 2016

Career Advice from Sheridan’s Chief Medical Officer for Radiology Services

One of the best ways to achieve success is to emulate and seek advice from someone who already has achieved that success. Frank Seidelmann, DO, one of this country’s foremost radiology experts, serves as an excellent role model for anyone looking to become a successful leader in radiology. Dr. Seidelmann is Chief Medical Officer and National Medical Director for Sheridan’s Radiology Services, the largest hospital-based radiology practice in the United States and the only unified, national standards-based radiology service provider. He recently was honored with Sheridan’s 2016 Leadership Award. 

In a recent article in Radiology Life, Dr. Seidelmann shared his path to the top of his...

3 November 2016

Sheridan CRNA Jobina Ruiz Featured on AANA Journal’s October Cover

Sheridan is proud that the cover of the AANA Journal’s October issue features a photo of Sheridan Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Jobina Ruiz setting up for an obstetric fistula repair surgery in Rwanda. Ruiz participated in a global anesthesia immersion experience in Rwanda with the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD) at the beginning of this year, when she was a student registered nurse anesthetist at Northeastern University. The IOWD is a non-profit organization that, among other things, provides free treatment and care to Rwandan patients suffering from obstetric fistulae, gynecologic and pelvic floor disorders. Ruiz, who was invited to participate in the mission at the invitation...

2 August 2016

Better Pain Control Halves Length of Stay for Westside Regional’s Joint Replacement Surgery Patients

Jonathan Katz MD, a Sheridan Regional Medical Director and Chief of Anesthesiology at Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County, Florida, and Eric Schiffman, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained hip and knee replacement specialist, are the featured guests on a new episode of Dateline Health, a television show produced by Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Drs. Katz and Schiffman spoke with Fred Lippman, R.PH., Ed.D., NSU’s Chancellor of the Health Professions Division and the host of the show, about their extremely successful rapid recovery pathway at Westside Regional, which has significantly improved post-operative pain management and cut the average hospital stay for orthopedic...

19 July 2016

Sheridan Helps NICU Boost Average Daily Census 600%

Sheridan Healthcare’s decade-long partnership with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has helped St. Francis Medical Center upgrade to a level III NICU, increase its ADC to six times the original volume, decrease the minimum gestational age of the babies it cares for by five weeks, build its market reputation and improve the quality of care.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility in Colorado Springs that includes Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Healthgrades has named Penrose-St. Francis one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” for nine years in a row (2008 - 2016).

About 10 years ago, Penrose-St. Francis wanted to upgrade the level...

7 July 2016

Sheridan CRNAs Cherene Saradar and Sherri Snell Travel to Greece to Help Syrian and Afghan Refugees

Sheridan certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) Cherene Saradar and Sherri Snell generously spent a week of their vacation time in Greece recently helping some of the 50,000 Syrian and Afghan refugees living there in camps. Cherene, who works primarily at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida, is a Syrian-American whose father is from Syria. They were joined by Cherene’s father, Dr. Riad Saradar, who is originally from Syria and still has family living in that war-torn country, where anti-government protests escalated into a full-scale civil war. Over the past five years, the armed violence has caused the loss of more than 250,000 Syrian lives and forced more than 4.5 million Syrians to flee the country, according to...

29 June 2016

Dr. Richard Berlin Continues to Improve Lives Through Operation Smile

Sheridan pediatric anesthetist Richard Berlin, M.D. is the associate chief medical officer for Operation Smile, a humanitarian organization that delivers free surgical care to patients in more than 60 countries. Dr. Berlin’s most recent Operation Smile medical mission involved a trip to Managua, Nicaragua, where he and a team of physicians and nurses from around the world performed 93 surgeries to repair cleft lips and cleft palates in less than five days.

Cleft lips or palates are birth defects, gaps in the lips or the roof of the mouth that did not close during the mother’s pregnancy. Unless they are corrected, a cleft in the mouth can create serious health issues. Babies can experience feeding...

16 June 2016

Dr. Alvarez-Gil Provides Medical Humanitarian Aid During Surgical Missions to the Dominican Republic

Twice a year, Francisco Alvarez-Gil, M.D., Chairman of Anesthesiology at Sheridan partner Bayside Ambulatory Center in Miami, Florida, travels to the Dominical Republic as part of a team of anesthesiologists and surgeons to provide surgery to patients in rural areas. This medically underserved population is in great need of these physicians’ highly skilled services, and Dr. Alvarez-Gil has been helping to put together medical teams for these missions for several years.

The five-day surgical missions to the Dominican Republic are conducted under the auspices of Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) every spring and fall, and three of those days are spent performing surgeries....