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SAC Named Alpha Testing Practice for AQI

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Anesthesia Quality Institute selects SAC physicians to enter data first

 

January 7, 2009 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants (SAC) has become an alpha site for the first national anesthesia data registry developed by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI).

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SAC Physician Leads Care Team to Haiti

After hastily recruiting a team of nurses to accompany him to Haiti, Charlotte anesthesiologist Art McCulloch arrived Monday at Operation Double Harvest, a Christian ministry outside Port-au-Prince, where he began working with a surgeon to treat victims.

McCulloch, 61, a past president of the N.C. Medical Board, got a call Saturday from a Double Harvest volunteer who asked him to organize an anesthesiology team, said his wife, Kim McCulloch.

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Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants Merges With Shelby Group

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Merger adds four new doctors to SAC’s roster

 Jan. 7, 2010 (Shelby, N.C.) – Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, one of the nation’s leading anesthesiology practices, has merged with Shelby Anesthesiology Associates, PA. As a result of the merger, SAC will now provide anesthesia services to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and Cleveland Ambulatory Surgical Center.

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UnitedHealthcare Extends Relationship with Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants

ShelbyPress_logoFEBRUARY 5, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants (SAC) and its Quantum Clinical Navigation System division have extended their relationship with UnitedHealthcare, ensuring that UnitedHealthcare commercial health plan participants have continued, in-network access to Consultants’ full scope of affordable, quality anesthesia and pain-management services.

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SAC physicians participate in Carolinas MED - 1

CarolinasMED-1_mApril 7, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - SAC physicians, Bernard Velardo, Art McCulloch and Joshua Miller, participate in Carolinas MED- 1 Mobile Disaster Drill at Charlotte’s International Airport.

The Carolinas MED-1 project was formally initiated in 2003 as a pilot program to fill the void involving mass casualty patient care in the field when hospital resources are not available due to proximity, damage, quarantine, or surge capacity. SAC physicians practiced providing anesthesia support for the mobile OR unit.

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Teninispalooza - 24 Hours of Tennis

Tennispalooza_l WHAT: Tennispalooza – “Serve Your School”
WHEN: Aug. 13 & 14
WHERE: Firethorne Country Club (1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Marvin, NC 28173)
WHO: Dr. James Menkhaus of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants and Michael Watson, a Marvin Ridge High tennis coach
WHY: To promote healthy living and raise money for schools in our area.

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Charlotte, NC, Anesthesia Group Joins American Anesthesiology

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -

American Anesthesiology, a subsidiary of MEDNAX, Inc., (NYSE: MD) today announced the acquisition of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, P.A., a physician group practice that provides anesthesia care and pain management services at nine hospitals, 12 ambulatory surgery centers and 10 pain management centers principally located in the Charlotte, NC, metropolitan area.

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HealthStream Ranks SAC’s Quality 98th Percentile.

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In 2010, SAC had Healthstream Research perform an independent survey of 352 physicians and surgeons who utilize our services. The physicians/surgeons represent all of the hospitals, ASCs and endoscopy centers listed in our Quantum CNS database. The survey had a 95% confidence level and a ±.16 confidence interval. In order to create benchmark scores, Healthstream compares questions asked across multiple practices allowing them to rank participating groups by percentile. The results were outstanding, showing that our anesthesiologists rank among the best in the nation in regards to availability, quality and communication.

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New Physician Hotline

physician hotlineCommunication is the cornerstone of excellent patient care. In order to reaffirm our commitment to our hospital and physician partners SAC has formed a communication task force. The task force is identifying ways that we can better communicate with our peers as well as within our group. The most pressing item identified was a better way for physicians to actively reach out to SAC regarding concerns or questions about patient care or administrative items. To answer this concern SAC created a new physician hotline.

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SAC Sponsors Keeter Stadium & American Legion World Series

Keeter StadiumSAC of Cleveland Regional signed a four year sponsorship deal with Keeter Stadium in Shelby, NC. Keeter Stadium is known for the famous American Legion’s World Series held every August. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

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Physician Profile: Stephen Houser, MD

Stephen Houser, MDDr. Stephen Houser is the Chief of Anesthesiology for CMC-Union. He went to medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital. Houser is board certified in Anesthesiology and has practiced at CMC-Union for 7 years. He resides in the community near the Waxhaw area. His favorite thing about working at CMC-Union is that “there is an esprit de coups here and we all treat everyone as our neighbors.”

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Anesthesia Efficiency is Key Differentiator for SAC Hospitals

Anesthesia Efficiency is Key Differentiator for SAC HospitalsIn 2011 SAC continued to provide hospital and physician partners with efficiencies to help streamline their case loads. Using Quantum Clinical Navigation System™, SAC’s proprietary perioperative quality assurance software, SAC measured 100,775 cases from January 1 through October 31, 2011. Unplanned case cancellations and anesthesia late metrics were all far below industry standards as reported by National benchmarks derived from “Evidence Based Practice of Anesthesiology,” Institute of Medicine and Medline.

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Physician Profile: Richard C. Franklin, MD

Richard C. Franklin, MDRichard C. Franklin, M.D. is the Chief of Anesthesiology at Cleveland Medical Center. He grew up in Raleigh, NC and received his bachelors at North Carolina State University. He went to medical school at Wake Forest University and completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in anesthesiology.

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