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Dr. Christopher Shih elected to national exam committee, plans October piano concert

Christopher Shih, M.D.

Christopher E. Shih, M.D., was recently appointed to the American Board of Internal Medicine's Gastroenterology Board Exam Committee.

Committee members, along with leading academic faculty from across the country, help write questions for GI board exams. Dr. Shih practices at Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster.
“It’s a great honor for me to be one of only a handful of physicians chosen nationwide to be on this committee,” he said. “I look forward to working with some of the brightest minds in the country in the field of gastroenterology. I will strive to represent LG Health well in helping to develop an exam that fairly and accurately assesses a physician’s abilities and competency.”
Dr. Shih, also an award-winning pianist, will play with the Daedalus Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

LGH initiative to reduce post-operative pneumonia wins national award

Lancaster General Health’s efforts to reduce post-operative pneumonia received national recognition at the American College of Surgeons’ annual conference.
Nationally, post-operative pneumonia is the third most common surgical complication, behind urinary tract and wound infections. The LG Health perioperative team developed pneumonia prevention action plans focused on sedation, standardized pulmonary care and radiological reports.
To date, the effort has prevented 22 cases of pneumonia, resulting in $484,000 in cost savings. LG Health National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Coordinators Lori Abel, RN, M.Ed., and Deb Mimnall, RN, M.Ed., presented the results at the conference, where they received the Surgical Clinical Review Award.
Key team members also include Mark Burlingame, M.D., Chair, LGH Department of Surgery, and Bree Bond, CRNA, MSN, Administrative Director, Perioperative & Anesthesia Services. The team will continue its work to prevent pneumonia and monitor data, with a focus on sustaining the positive results.

Chet A. Morrison, M.D.

LGH Critical Care Unit joins research collaborative

Lancaster General Hospital’s Critical Care Unit has been selected to participate in a national collaborative that aims to positively impact patient and family engagement, and patient care during intensive care unit stays.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine received a Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to fund the 10-month project, which begins this fall. LGH is one of 50 hospitals accepted into the collaborative.
“This collaborative research effort represents a significant advance in how LGH cares for critically ill patients and their families, while contributing to our overall knowledge of ideal patient care and support in severe illness,” said Chet A. Morrison, M.D., LGH critical care intensivist and attending trauma surgeon.

Jason Scott, M.D.

Dr. Jason Scott featured on national CME website

Jason Scott, M.D., of LGHP Internal Medicine Hospitalists and Department of Medicine CME course director, is featured on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) website for his role in developing an interactive CME event, “Palliative Improv: The Difficult Conversation.” The “sold-out” event, held in April, promoted adult learning principles advocated by ACCME.  Click here for more.


Christine Stabler, M.D.

Joseph Kontra, M.D.

Drs. Stabler and Kontra interviewed by local media

Dr. Christine Stabler, LG Health Vice President of Academic Affairs, shared end-of-summer tips for getting kids back into school-day routines. “Routine always allays anxiety for all of us, but especially for kids,” she told ABC 27.
Dr. Joseph Kontra, LG Health Division Chief, Infectious Diseases, urged people – especially pregnant women -- to protect themselves against Zika virus in an LNP op-ed


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