Trinity Medical Center West Laboratory Receives Accreditation From College Of American Pathologists

14 Mar 2018 News

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Trinity Health System, Trinity Medical Center West Laboratory, Steubenville Ohio based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s Director, Himanshu M. Doshi, MD was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the service being provided.  Trinity Health System, Trinity Medical Center West Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“In addition to the College of American Pathologists, the Trinity Laboratory was also recently recognized and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).  Both these organizations have very stringent quality standards which our lab not only meets but exceeds. I want to thank our highly competent Laboratory staff for their tireless work in providing quality laboratory and pathology services to our physicians and the community.  We are proud of the work we do and services that we provide.  Our core principle is to treat every patient sample as if it was from our own family member” stated Dr. Doshi, Chairman and Medical Director of Trinity Medical Center West Laboratory.

Trinity’s President and CEO, Matt Grimshaw, upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, said “We are proud to be the only laboratory in the area with both accreditations.”

The US federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.  The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide.

Pictured: Front row: Judy Clements, Histologist; Lynn Rine, Quality Assurance Coordinator; Gail Bocek, Bloodbank Supervisor; Beth Howell, Charge Tech; Cindy Stuck, Core Lab Supervisor

Back Row: Tom Bartemes, Point of Care; Mimi McCabe, Cytologist; Dr. Himanshu Doshi, Medical Director; Don Niess, Administrative Director; Theresa Clark, LIS Coordinator; Sister Paula Blevins, Microbiology Supervisor

School of Nursing Academic Honors Announced

8 Jan 2018 News

Students on these lists have earned at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average

FALL SEMESTER 2017, CLASS OF 2019

Chelsea Baker — Toronto, OH

Ruby Blasinsky — Steubenville, OH

Jacob Cox — Bloomingdale, OH

Mara Dixon — Brilliant, OH

Elizabeth Easterday — Steubenville, OH

Patrick Hammer — Steubenville, OH

Alaina Leasure — Toronto, OH

Jenna Mason — New Cumberland, WV

Ngan Pham — Steubenville, OH

Jessica Rosohac — Weirton, WV

Ryan Vojvodich — Mingo Jct., OH

Brittany Yanik — Toronto, OH

FALL SEMESTER 2017, CLASS OF 2018

Hannah Bargar — Weirton, WV

Morgan Burnette — Steubenville, OH

Alexis Gill — Wintersville, OH

Trinity Twigs Show Final Support

20 Nov 2017 News

Members of the Heather Twig, the last functioning Twig at Trinity Health System, recently presented a check for $1,903.65 which represented the total of the fundraising efforts outstanding.  The Heather Twig was one of fifteen Twigs that operated under the Woman’s Advisory Board of Trinity Health System. The Heather Twig has now disbanded.

The Woman’s Advisory Board was created in 1922 by Mrs. A. B. Sharpe with sixteen other women from the community.¬† The original by-laws of the Board stated that, “The object of the Woman’s Advisory Board is to cooperate in every possible way with the Board of Trustees toward increasing the efficiency of the hospital and creating a general interest in its work, as well as its financial development, thereby advancing the standard of the hospital in the community.”¬† The fundraising and other activities of the Woman’s Advisory Board are still evident today.¬† According to Keith Murdock, Trinity Spokesman, “The Woman’s Advisory Board and its Twigs have been a great source of help and assistance for ninety-five years and Trinity would not be the regional healthcare provider it is today without them.¬† Times have changed tremendously since 1922.¬† Women are now much busier with work and family and cannot lend the support they once could.¬† We thank each and every member of this great organization.”

Murdock also recalled some of the projects and activities of the Twigs, “The Nimble Thimble Twig sewed the sheets, pillowcases and other linens for patient use.¬† The Heather Twig hosted the Gardenia Ball for many years which was one of the most prestigious social events each year.¬† The Mobile Medical Unit was purchased by the Woman’s Advisory Board and is still in use today through the Prime Time Center.¬† Programs of Social Service, housekeeping, the School of Nursing and several other much needed functions were also carried out by these women. The women in this community were the driving force of healthcare in the early 1900’s.”

Pictured at the check presentation (L to R):

Twig Members LeeAnn Emmerling, Elena Crisante, Cerryn Marshall, and Lorie Sullivan with Matt Grimshaw, Trinity President & CEO; Joe Edmiston, Trinity Executive Director of Development; and Marsha Lewis, Patient Advocate at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.

Trinity Holds 16TH Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner

14 Nov 2017 News

Trinity Health System and the Tony Teramana Cancer Center held the Annual Survivors Dinner recently.  This event marked the sixteenth consecutive year for the dinner which celebrates the lives of cancer survivors and their caregivers.  Over 220 cancer survivors and caregivers attended.

Keith Murdock, Trinity Director of Community Relations & Development served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Matt Grimshaw, Trinity President & CEO welcomed the group.

Guest speakers included three cancer survivors and two physicians at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.  Dr. Pervais Rahman and Dr. Mark Trombetta shared their experiences with cancer patients and both said their time in Steubenville has been the most rewarding of their careers.

Cathy Cich shared her sister Barb’s battle with cancer and the outstanding experience she had with the Tony Teramana Cancer Center and its staff.  Amy Hutchison recalled her husband Sean’s diagnosis and treatment, and Melissa Brown told the story of her father Frank’s battle with cancer.

The dinner was sponsored by Trinity Health System, The Tony Teramana Cancer Center, Images Mammography Center, and the Prime Time Center.

Pictured (L to R) Matt Grimshaw, Trinity President & CEO, Amy and Sean Hutchison, Melissa Brown, Cathy Cich and Barb Price.

Golfers Support Trinity

25 Oct 2017 News

Members of the Spring Hills Women’s Golf League recently donated the proceeds from their Invitational Golf Tournament to the TEAR Fund at Trinity Health System’s Tony Teramana Cancer Center.¬† The group doubled its donation from last year and delivered a check for $2,570.00.¬† The TEAR Fund assists cancer patients with needed items during their treatment.

The Invitational Tournament has provided funds for the past five years which totaled $8,045.00.  The donation was generated by hole sponsors and a Chinese Auction that showcased items from area businesses.

Several of the league members are cancer survivors, which added to their willingness to help the TEAR Fund.

Pictured at the check presentation were: (L-R)

Joan Creslip, Hole Sponsor for The Dove Restaurant; Marcia Lewis, TEAR Fund Coordinator; Judy Galbraith, five-year survivor and league member; JoAnn Mulrooney, Trinity COO; Vickie Grant, fifteen- year survivor and league member; Mary Arehart, Incoming league President; Kathi Moore, ten-year survivor and league member; Mary Alice Meyer. twenty-eight-year survivor and league member; Lynn  Barbe, Teramana Cancer Center Director; Tammy Cox, six-year survivor and league member; and Joe Edmiston, Trinity Foundation Director.

Trinity Health System Honors Veteran Employees

25 Sep 2017 News

Trinity Health System held its Annual Employee Service Awards Program on September 19, 2017, honoring employees with extended length of service.

Recognized at the event were 151 employees and physicians with at least ten years of service at either Trinity East or West.

Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO, hosted the event.  He congratulated the employees for their years of service.

For 35 years of service – (Pictured Front L to R)  Kathleen Rinaldo, Rosemary Ivkovich and Paige Wilson.  (Back L to R) Michelle Cashioli, Lori Damis, Martha Lemal, Lee Lewis, and Sharon Savinell. 

For 30 years of service – (Pictured L to R)  Larry Teramana, Karen Walker, Lynn Rine, Connie Wood, and Lisa Marino.

Also receiving awards for service were: 

For 50 years of service: Pat West and Vivian Ziklo.

For 40 years of service: Jody Authier and Pamela Robinson.

For 35 years of service: Patricia Albert, Donna Antigo, Michelle Cashioli, Lori Damis, Cynthia Fairclough, Deena Franke, Rosemary Ivkovich, Linda Lewis, Susan Logston, Mary Jean Owen, Kathleen Rinaldo, Sharon Savinell, Michel Tice, Paige Wilson, and Martha Lemal.

For 30 years of service: Earl Batton, Diana Bodo, Richard Elliott, Lisa Marino, Diana McCarthy, Lynn Rine, Carole Smay, Larry Teramana, Karen Walker, and Connie Wood.

For 25 years of service: Kathy Andreozzi, Angela Blackburn, George Bozman, Anita Chuich, Patricia DePillo, Shirley Fridley, Jeffery Hawken, Russell Hodgkiss, Cheryl Huggins, Dean Lucarelli, James Lucas, Brenda Luther, Sheila Mirabella, Michele Purviance, Donna Rawson, Patricia Reed, Yvonne Rozman, Joy Spring, Patti Vandyke, and Marcie Worrel.

For 20 years of service: Jill Amaismeier, Kathryn Ashton, Richard Blackburn, Lori Burnett, Donna Butler, Denise Callahan, Cheri Carpico, Lynn Colflesh, Frank Conforti, Diane Davis, Angela Ely, Jane Anna Hanuscin, Tim Huber, Amie Huber, Monica Hudson, Katherine Rose Jackson, Keith Jackson, Carol Jester, Victoria Lamp, Debra Louk, Dorothy Medley, JoAnn Mulrooney, Stephen Nodianos, Susan Priscilla, Carrie Rawson, Elizabeth Robertson, William Rohrey, Deborahann Sachini, Christine Shore, Thomas Tsesmelis, Jodi Welday, and Alana Wood. 

For 15 years of service: Curtis Adams, Amanda Blosco, Gail Bocek, Caroline Chetock, Donna Clutter, Trenda Durbin, Jennifer Fayak, Tara Hornick, Margaret Jackson, Kevin Jackson, Sarah Kell, Sally Laudrille, Deborah Meadows, Lisa Morrow, Camilla Piatt, Carol Pipo, Toni Price, Patricia Redmond, Elizabeth Sutton, Davaina Taggart, Tracy Tharp, Melissa Thompson, Tonia Tweedy, Lorie Yanik, and Wilbert Yost III. 

For 10 years of service: Geneva Baker, Patricia Bell, James Calevro, Shannon Callarik, Kathleen Compton, Diane DiGiacinto, Tiffany Fernandez, Kristen Fisher, Colleen Gibson, Angela Glover, Mindy Harvey, Jennifer Harvey, Kathleen Hoagland, Patricia Hudock, Clarissa Huff, Gary Jackson, Brian Jones, Ann Lathem, Amy Lindsay, Amy Marcino, Jennifer Maquardt, Jessica McClain, Stacey Mort, Kristina Pappas, Kristina Pegg, Lorretta Pruitt, Diann Reeves, Shelly Rogers, Bethany Singhaus, Kalie Spring, Robert Tulenko, Ashley Vasconcellos, Jerry Williams, and MaryBeth Wilson.

Several physicians were also recognized for their years of service. Francis Sunseri, MD, 50 years; Hunter Vaughan, MD, 45 years; Siripurapu Prasad, MD, 35 years; Rafael Schmulevich, MD, 25 years; Basel Termanini, MD, 20 years; Edward Snell, MD, 20 years; David Cercone, MD, 20 years; Athanasios Colonias, MD, 15 years; Richard Herndon, MD, 15 years; Stephen Karlovits, MD, 15 years; Mark Kissinger, DO, 15 years; John Hyland, MD, 10 years.

Trinity Health System Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

19 Sep 2017 News

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Ohio Valley Region.

Joseph Colella, MD, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Trinity Health System, today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

            Dr. Colella was proud of the achievement saying, “We are extremely proud to have received full and complete accreditation as a Comprehensive Center for weight loss surgery by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Our comprehensive program offers the very latest in minimally invasive and robotic surgical technology to give our patients the safest operation possible with follow up care that is second to none.”

Trinity’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.  They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Trinity Health System met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

According to Matt Grimshaw, Trinity President and CEO, “Trinity’s Bariatric program has grown dramatically over the past few years and has exhibited outstanding outcomes.  This accreditation is due to the hard work and care our Bariatric team demonstrates every day.”

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

Trinity to Hold Pet Blessing

12 Sep 2017 News

Location: Steubenville, Ohio

The Annual Pet Blessing will be held at Trinity Medical Center West on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 5:00pm.  This event is a celebration of the ministry and life of St. Francis of Assisi, who was well known for his ability to interact with animals.

The event is held worldwide, but is especially meaningful at Trinity due to the association of the health system with The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio.

Trinity School of Nursing Holds Class of 2017 Commencement

25 Jul 2017 News

Trinity Health System School of Nursing held commencement exercises for the Class of 2017 on July 21, 2017 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Several graduates were recognized for excellence in academic and clinical achievements. 

Devin Kelly of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania received the Dr. Dominic A. Brancazio Memorial Award for Highest Academic Achievement. 

Presley Mayle of Steubenville, Ohio received the THS Medical Staff Award for Second Highest Academic Achievement.

Abigail Bevilacqua of Wintersville, Ohio received the THS Nursing Service Award for Third Highest Academic Achievement. 

The Patrick H. Macedonia, MD Excellence in Maternal-Newborn Nursing Award was presented to Presley Mayle  of Steubenville, Ohio.

The Nancy Bright, MD Excellence in Pediatrics Award was presented to Mallari Saltsman of Bergholz, Ohio. 

The Dr. Carmel Esposito Community Leadership Award was presented to Bria Dixon of Brilliant, Ohio. 

Other graduates included in the commencement were:  Heather Cholewinski, Noel Davis, Mikayla Felsoci, Isabella Hartung, Erika Hileman, Andrew Husk, Kylie Kruel, Lauren Orban, Jacquelyn Petrovich, Mara Porco, Danielle Ramsey, Hollie Reitter, Brianna Sims, Somer Snyder, Daniel Volsky, and Kristina Wood,

Megan DeGori Receives Certification

11 Jul 2017 News

Megan DeGori, Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Desai, recently passed her Aspen Nutritional exam.  Dr. Desai was one of the first 250 physicians in the country to become certified in nutritional support and now has two Certified Nutrition Support Clinician Nurse Practitioners as part of the Nutritional Support Team at Trinity. The Nutrition Support Team with Trinity is one of the few fully trained teams in the North Eastern Panhandle to offer complete nutritional support to patients. 

 

Megan has been in the nursing field over the past 10 years, employed by Trinity since 2014 as an NP for Dr. Desai, specializing in the treatment of heartburn, hepatitis C, motility issues, and fecal incontinence. 

 

Again, we would like to congratulate Megan DeGori for becoming a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and look forward to her contribution as she and Dr. Desai’s team provide superior care to patients.

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