Wake Forest Baptist Awarded
Gold Seal for Joint Replacement by Joint Commission
N.C. – May 29, 2015 – The Joint
Replacement Program at Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal
of Approval for Joint Replacement Disease Specific Certification.
Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to
providing safe and effective patient care. To receive this award, the program
underwent a rigorous on-site review on May 1. It was evaluated based on its
compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as Joint
Replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance
measures also were assessed.
The Joint Commission surveyor distinguished the program as exemplary for patients,
identifying 17 best practices and citing no official recommendations for improvement. Some
of the best practices include an infection prevention program, orthopaedic
specialized nursing staff, quality improvement program, “cutting edge”
continuum of care and patient satisfaction program.
in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to improve health care for the public by
evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing
safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
Forest Baptist Professor Recognized by National Organization
N.C. – May 29, 2015 – Robert
J. Applegate, M.D., professor of cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the 2015 F. Mason Sones Distinguished Service Award from the
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).
award, presented in honor of SCAI’s co-founder, signifies excellence and
dedication to education and quality of care. A member of SCAI for 20 years, Applegate
currently serves as a trustee, co-director of the organization’s annual
conference and the chair of the budget and finance committee.
mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular
medicine through physician education and representation and advancement of
quality standards to enhance patient care.
Wake Forest Baptist Faculty Members Receive Brooks Scholarships
N.C. – May 29, 2015 – Three faculty members at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have been awarded
2015-16 Brooks Scholarships in Academic Medicine from Wake Forest Baptist.
Joshua F. Nitsche, M.D., Ph.D., assistant
professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is a first-year recipient; Matthew C. Miles, M.D., assistant professor of
pulmonary, critical care, allergy and immunologic medicine, is a second-year
recipient; and Anna N. Miller, M.D., assistant professor of
is a third-year recipient.
scholarship program is designed to recognize early-career faculty members who
demonstrate exceptional promise in research and teaching and to encourage the
development of their scholarly talents. It is endowed by the late Jean Bailey
Brooks, M.D., a Wake Forest School of Medicine alumna, and her late husband,
James Taylor Brooks, M.D.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Students Named NIH Medical Research Scholars
N.C. – May 29, 2015 – Akhil Muthigi
and Barrington Quarrie, third-year medical students at Wake
Forest School of Medicine, have been
selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in its
Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). They are two of the 55 scholars from
around the country to be chosen.
yearlong residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and
veterinary students to cutting-edge research. Student
scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical or translational research project
that matches their research interests and career goals. Upon completion of the
program, Muthigi and Quarrie plan to return to Wake Forest Baptist to complete
their final year of medical school.
A federal agency that conducts and supports research, the
NIH also investigates the causes, treatments and cures for common and rare
diseases. The goal of the MRSP
is to train
the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers.
Wake Forest Baptist
Director Participates in NIH Expert Panel
N.C. – May 29, 2015 –Ronny Bell, Ph.D., director of the Maya Angelou
Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center, was selected to participate in an expert panel that
created a report on the use of culture in research for the Office of Behavioral
and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), a part of the National Institutes of Health
report will be used to guide the NIH in its consideration of how culture should
be considered in NIH-funded research. It also will serve as a tool for
researchers who conduct culturally related research.
The OBSSR’s mission is to integrate
a behavioral and social sciences perspective across the NIH; disseminate
behavioral and social sciences research findings; and provide advice to and
communicate with the NIH director, Congress, other government agencies, the
research community and the general public on matters regarding behavioral and
social sciences research.
Three Wake Forest Baptist Medical Experts Invited
To Speak in Washington, D.C.
N.C. – May 29, 2015 – Three Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center medical experts were
invited to speak on Capitol Hill on separate occasions for different causes.
Joseph Skelton, M.D., associate professor
of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist and member of the North Carolina
American Heart Association (AHA) Advocacy Coordinating Committee, was invited
by the AHA to participate in its biennial Lobby Day on May 11-12. Skelton met
with Senator Thom Tillis, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Mark
Walker to discuss the National Institutes of Health funding and the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is up for renewal.
Mark Wolfson, Ph.D., professor of social
sciences and health policy at Wake Forest Baptist, spoke at the Congressional
Addiction Forum on April 29. The event brought together various addiction and criminal
justice policy experts and policy makers to discuss a comprehensive
strategy to address youth drug abuse and addiction.
Caruso, M.P.S., physician assistant at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie
was selected by the American Academy of Physician Assistants to participate in
a National Security Council (NSC) roundtable on April 29. The meeting was part
of an ongoing national initiative to raise public awareness about disaster response.