Healthy Start Coalition Names New Executive Director
Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition has announced the appointment of their new Executive Director, Theresa Chmiel, who brings a vast depth of experience in non-profit management, health marketing and advocacy, and maternal and infant healthcare promotion and education to the organization. As Executive Director, she will focus on the Healthy Start mission to reduce fetal and infant mortality rates in Escambia County.
Chmiel began her work with Healthy Start in 1995 and helped guide the program through a time of change as it evolved from infancy to a well-established maternal and infant health initiative. Since then, she has maintained a passion for advancing the programs and services dedicated to helping pregnant women, infants, and their families.
“I am excited about working with Healthy Start again,” Chmiel said, “I am eager to build on the Coalition’s strengths by creating additional partnerships and community support to help women have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. “
In addition to her work with Healthy Start, Chmiel has served as a member of numerous maternal and pediatric health care organizations including Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Epilepsy Services of Northwest Florida, and the Breastfeeding Task Force of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
The Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition welcomes interested community members to learn more about our program. Coalition members come together with the common cause of ensuring positive birth outcomes for all women and children in Escambia County.
Harris To Coordinate Mayo Clinic Collaboration
Pensacola Young Professional co-founder and one of the first IN Rising Stars, Ashley Hodge Harris, has been named to coordinate the new collaboration between Baptist Health Care and the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to BHC president and CEO Mark Faulkner.
On Friday, July 19, Baptist Health Care and Mayo Clinic announced the Pensacola-based health care system is the most recent member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
The Mayo Clinic Care Network shares Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise with physicians and providers interested in working together to enhance the delivery of health care for their patients. Baptist providers now have access to Mayo Clinic resources, including its online point-of-care information system and electronic consulting process that connects physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of diagnosis, therapy or care management.
Baptist is the first organization in the region to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The organization remains the area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health care system, providing services across northwest Florida and south Alabama.
“Through this relationship, Baptist and Mayo Clinic share a desire to improve the delivery of health care throughout the region with high-quality, evidence-based medical care and treatment,” said Faulkner. “Working together, we can treat an increasing number of patients closer to home.”
Bedside Delivery for Prescriptions
Patients at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola now can have their prescriptions filled quickly and delivered directly to their room by the Walgreens pharmacy located on the hospital’s Ninth Avenue campus.
Patients will receive their prescriptions prior to being discharged, eliminating an extra stop between hospital and home. Upon admission, patients are asked if they are interested in the bedside delivery program.
The bedside-delivery service is available to patients from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walgreens verifies that the patient’s insurance coverage is accepted by the on-campus Walgreens and handles the insurance authorization.
A pharmacy technician then fills and delivers the order directly to the patient in his or her hospital room prior to discharge. A pharmacist consults with the patient concerning his or her medications before discharge, and the pharmacy follows-up with the patient within 72 hours to answer any questions about the medication.
“Beyond providing an easy, time-saving option for obtaining prescriptions and supplies, the bedside delivery service can also help improve patients’ compliance with medication therapy prescribed by their physicians,” says Amy Wilson, chief nursing officer at Sacred Heart Hospital. “Compliance with their treatment plan can help speed patients’ recovery and help prevent unnecessary readmission to the hospital.”
Recognized For Quality Heart Attack Care
West Florida Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for its commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients.
Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.
“West Florida Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Brian Baumgardner, President and CEO of West Florida Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
Registration Underway for Next Babysitting Class
Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart will offer a babysitting class on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dudley Greenhut Auditorium at the Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center located at 5151 N. Ninth Avenue.
The class is available for all youths ages 11 to 15, and the cost is $30 per person. Participants will receive both a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate and an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR certificate.
To register or for more information, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at 416-7264.
Pensacola Dentist Receives Mastership Award
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recently announced that Thomas H. Pyritz, DDS, MAGD, CDT of Pensacola received the association’s Mastership Award, the highest AGD honor available and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Dr. Pyritz completed 1,100 hours of continuing education.
As a Mastership Award recipient, Dr. Pyritz joins more than 2,300 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Pyritz for his commitment to continuing education in his quest to provide quality dental care and oral health education to his patients,” says AGD President Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment”.
Dr. Pyritz graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1984 and currently practices dentistry in Milton as the Dental Director for the Santa Rosa County Health Department. He also has a private practice in Pensacola, located on University Parkway, offering evening and weekend appointments.