June 8, 2007

Providers, clinics honored for high quality of care

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Stuart Finder, Ph.D.

Providers, clinics honored for high quality of care

Providers and clinical teams at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have won 15 Top Performer Awards and 151 5-Star Awards in the 2007 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, sponsored by Professional Research Consultants Inc.

The Excellence Awards are based on patient responses to a single survey question regarding overall quality of care, which PRC asks on behalf of all its clients. PRC conducts surveys of patient attitudes for VUMC and some 1,800 other hospitals and health systems.

“I congratulate all our 2007 Top Performer and 5-Star award winners,” said Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs. “These individuals and teams know better than most how to win the loyalty and cooperation of patients, and the high quality of care they provide is an ongoing example for us all. I'm proud of every one of our award winners.”

This year, 422 of the 1,359 physicians and allied health professionals in Vanderbilt Medical Group were eligible for awards. All inpatient work groups and a majority of outpatient work groups were eligible. Award eligibility is based on the number of survey responses gathered by PRC.

Top Performer Awards go to those who score in the 100th percentile in the PRC database, while 5-Star Awards go to those who score within the 90th to 99th percentiles. All eligible providers in the database are ranked against all other eligible providers, but clinical services are instead ranked within categories — inpatient units, specialty clinics, primary care clinics, outpatient hospital services, emergency departments, home health programs, and urgent care.

The awards were given out Tuesday at the PRC client conference in Bonita Springs, Fla.

PRC 2007 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Top Performers — Individual Providers

The following VMG providers ranked within the 100th percentile nationally:

Rosemary D. Cope, LPC/MHSP

Debra A. Dodd, MD

Thomas P. Doyle, MD

Richard H. Ho, MD

Howard W. Jones, III, MD

Lisa Hood Lancaster, MD

David S. Morgan, MD

Joe B. Putnam, MD

William E. Russell, MD

Top Performers — Groups

The following work groups ranked within the 100th percentile nationally:

Inpatient units:

Clinical Research Center

Children’s Hospital NICU

Ambulatory surgery services:

Ophthalmology Same Day Surgery

Pediatric Endoscopy

Pediatric Otolaryngology Day Surgery

Outpatient technical services:

Speech Pathology

5-Star Award — Individual Providers

The following providers ranked within the 90th to 99th percentiles nationally:

Shichun Bao, MD

Sonia C. Beck

Nancy J. Brown, MD

Raymond F. Burk, MD

Benjamin F. Byrd, III, MD

Audrey Jane Case, FNP

Philip David Charles, MD

Joseph Shun-Che Cheng, MD

Marta Ann Crispens, MD

Ramon F. Cuevas, MD

Anna C. Davis, CRNP

Romano T. Demarco, MD

John H. Dixon, MD

James A. Duncavage, MD

Darrel L. Ellis, MD

Sergio Fazio, MD

Michael J. Fowler, MD

Catherine Gaelyn Garrett, MD

Thomas A. Golper, MD

Ana M. Grau, MD

John P. Greer, MD

Linda F. Hughlett

Madan H. Jagasia, MD

Shubhada M. Jagasia, MD

James A. Johns, MD

David H. Johnson, MD

Barbara D. Johnson, CRNP

Lani A. Kajihara-Liehr

Herman J. Kaplan, MD

Ann Kavanaugh-McHugh, MD

Jennifer Keates-Baleeiro, MD

Christian R. Ketel, CRNP

Susan F. Kroop, MD

John E. Kuhn, MD

Eric Shawn Lambright, MD

John T. Lee, MD

Cindy Lybarger

Beth A. Malow, MD

Peter R. Martin, MD

James M. May, MD

William H. Maynard, MD

Michel A. McDonald, MD

Thomas Stasko, MD

Willie V. Melvin, III, MD

Lisa A. Mendes, MD

Jami L. Miller, MD

Robert F. Miller, MD

Aaron P. Milstone, MD

David G. Morrison, MD

Kimberly Ann Moseley, MD

Harold Moses, MD

Sandra A. Moutsios, MD

Barbara A. Murphy, MD

John H. Nadeau, MD

Allen J. Naftilan, MD

Jennifer L. Najjar, MD

Anne E. O'Duffy, MD

Robert H. Ossoff, MD

Jan E. Price, MD

David S. Raiford, MD

Debra S. Rankin, MD

Gautam G. Rao, MD

Melissa M. Rhodes, MD

Howard B. Roback

Ivan M. Robbins, MD

Bruce J. Roth, MD

Ronald M. Salomon, MD

Alan B. Sandler, MD

Elizabeth Ann Sastre, MD

Heidi M. Schaefer, MD

Robert Bruce Shack, MD

Franklin D. Shuler, MD

Susan E. Smith, MD

W. Anderson Spickard, III, MD

Simpson Bobo Tanner, M.D.

Kitti Lynn Virts

Julianne H. Wagnon, CRNP

Marilee T. Weingartner, FNP

James A. Whitlock, MD

Wendell G. Yarbrough, MD

Ruth T. Young, MD

John A. Zic, MD

5-Star Award — Groups

The following work groups ranked within the 90th to 99th percentiles nationally:


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Adult inpatient units:

5 Round Wing

6 Round Wing

8 North

8 South

9 North

11 North

Children’s inpatient units:


6A, 6B, 6C

7A, 7B, 7C

8A, 8B, 8C

4 NICU (located in VUH)

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital units:

Adult Unit 1

Vanderbilt Institute for the Treatment of Additions

Ambulatory surgery areas:

Colorectal Day Surgery

Pediatric Urology Day Surgery

Sports Medicine Ambulatory Surgery Center

Surgical Oncology Same Day Surgery

Outpatient technical areas:

Arrhythmia Clinic

Cardiology Outpatient Echo Lab

Cardiology Outpatient Heart Station

Cardiology Pacemaker Clinic

Center for Women's Imaging

CT Radiology Non-Neuro

Orthopedic Occupational Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedics Franklin Therapy

Pediatric MRI

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Radiology GI/GU

Pediatric Radiology Nuclear Medicine

PET Radiology

Radiology MRI Neuro

Radiology Pediatrics CT

Specials Radiology Biopsies/Aspiration

Specials Vascular Radiology

Ultrasound Radiology


Addiction Medicine Outpatient Therapy

Cool Springs Oncology Clinic

Cool Springs Pediatric Endocrinology

Dermatology Clinic

Dermatology MOHS Practice

General Adult Outpatient Therapy, PHV

GI Liver Transplant

GI Nutrition Center

Green Hills Practice

Gyn Oncology Practice

Gynecology Cool Springs Clinic

Hearing and Speech

Hillsboro Medical Group

Internal Medicine Suite I

Internal Medicine Suite III

Midwifery Practice West End

Nutrition Clinic

OB Medical Arts Group

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric Diabetes

Pediatric Hematology

Speech Therapy

Tompkins Women's Health Center

Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus, Allergy Program

VMG Williamson Spring Hill Clinic

Voice Center

Women's Health Center