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Certified Nurse Practitioner Heather Robinson is Now Accepting Appointments in Monroeville

Feb. 14, 2017

HeatherDr. Heather Robinson

Certified Nurse Practitioner Heather Robinson is now accepting appointments at Fisher-Titus Family Medicine in Monroeville, 136 North Ridge Street, Suite B.

As a nurse practitioner with a focus on Women's Health, Robinson’s areas of specialization for women include annual examinations, common gynecological issues, colposcopy, intrauterine device placement, prenatal care and family planning. Robinson also continues to see patients in Milan at 2108 Ohio 113 East. To make an appointment for either location, call 419-499-2600.

Fisher-Titus Medical Care is a group of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with multiple offices throughout North Central Ohio and at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The Fisher-Titus Medical Care group is affiliated with Fisher-Titus Medical Center and has a collaborative approach to patient care to provide high-quality patient experience. Fisher-Titus Medical Care specialties include Family Medicine with same-day appointments, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Behavioral Health, Pulmonary Medicine, Convenient Care, Endocrinology, Weight Loss and Hospitalists (physicians who care for patients while they are in the hospital). More than 40 providers are now part of Fisher-Titus Medical Care. For more information, visit www.fishertitus.org

Certified Nurse Practitioner Cari Spettel Has Joined Norwalk Primary Care

Feb. 14, 2017

CariDr. Cari Spettel

Cari Spettel, certified nurse practitioner, has joined the Norwalk Primary Care, 280 Benedict, Ave., Medical Park 4, Suite A, Norwalk.

Spettel began her nursing career in 1996. From 1996 to 2008, she worked as a registered nurse at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. In 2008, Spettel earned a master of science in nursing and became a certified nurse practitioner. After serving the needs of adolescent and adult patients in multiple nurse practitioner roles, she joined Norwalk Primary Care to expand the practice’s clinical services in North Central Ohio. To make an appointment with Spettel, call 419-668-8110.

Fisher-Titus Medical Care is a group of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with multiple offices throughout North Central Ohio and at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The Fisher-Titus Medical Care group is affiliated with Fisher-Titus Medical Center and has a collaborative approach to patient care to provide high-quality patient experience. Fisher-Titus Medical Care specialties include Family Medicine with same-day appointments, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Behavioral Health, Pulmonary Medicine, Convenient Care, Endocrinology, Weight Loss and Hospitalists (physicians who care for patients while they are in the hospital). More than 40 providers are now part of Fisher-Titus Medical Care. For more information, visit www.fishertitus.org

 

Fisher-Titus Awards Area Schools $35,359 in Health Education Grants

Jan. 25, 2017

Area Schools

Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Health Education Grants have been supporting health and science initiatives in the classroom for 21 years. This year, nine local schools will receive a total of $35,359.03 to achieve goals and make math, science and health education fun for their students. Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Health Education Grant Distribution Program was established to fund innovative educational programs in the areas of math, science and health for schools in the Fisher-Titus service area. “We are so excited and proud to continue this long standing tradition,” said Lorna Strayer, Fisher-Titus president, during the 21st annual Fisher-Titus Health Education Distribution Program luncheon. “We recognize your strong commitment to the community we serve. Our Board of Directors are happy to distribute $35,359.03 today to our area schools in recognition of your important work.”

Since 1996, 193 grants have been awarded through this program. Every year, Fisher-Titus awards local school districts health education grants. During a luncheon ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the Medical Center awarded this year’s grants to nine local school districts. More than $830,489 has been distributed in the 21 years the program has been in existence, according to Matt Gross, chairman of the Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Board of Directors. “Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s vision is ‘to enhance the quality and safety of life of each person we serve’ and our board, medical staff and employees believe that enhancing the education foundation of our communities through work with our schools make the entire region a better place to live, work and worship.” Gross said. This year $35,359.03 was distributed to Edison Local Schools, Monroeville Local School District, New London Local Schools, Norwalk City Schools, Norwalk Catholic School, South Central Local Schools, Wellington Schools, Western Reserve Local Schools and Willard City Schools. Applicants were required to submit a grant proposal to Fisher-Titus that included a detailed explanation of the project to be funded. Grants were approved by the Fisher-Titus Medical Center board of directors. Under this program, school districts may receive grants up to $4,000. During the luncheon, each recipient presented a brief summary of the program last year’s grant funded and information about this year’s plan for the grant.

Cutline: During a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the Medical Center awarded Health Education Grants to nine local school districts. Fisher-Titus and school representatives pictured (from left) are Lorna Strayer, president, Fisher-Titus Medical Center; Jeff Ritz, Willard City Schools; Brad Romano, New London Local Schools; Ralph Moore, Monroeville Schools; Dennis Doughty, Norwalk Catholic School; Thomas Roth, Edison Local Schools; Rodge Wilson, Western Reserve Schools; George Fisk, Norwalk City Schools; Martha Hasselbusch, South Central Local Schools; Edward Weber, Wellington Schools; and Matt Gross, chairman, Fisher-Titus Medical Center Board of Directors.

Fisher-Titus Endoscopy Center Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety

Feb. 6, 2017

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. –The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Fisher-Titus Endoscopy Center in Norwalk as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The Fisher-Titus Endoscopy Center is one of more than 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.

“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Karen Likes, director of surgical services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center “Through ongoing education and continued compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program requirements, we demonstrate our dedication to the delivery of high-quality patient care.” The Fisher-Titus Endoscopy Center, which opened in March 2015, is designed for patients having both outpatient and inpatient procedures. The Center offers patients and families enhanced comfort, convenience and privacy. Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it so doctors can view pictures of the digestive tract, colon, esophagus, bladder or lungs on a color TV monitor. At Fisher-Titus, physicians use the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure patients get the highest level of care. The endoscopy center includes a nine-bed prep and recovery unit, a seating area, four procedure rooms and a scope processing area.

To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the continued competence of all staff relative to their roles, demonstrate the adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators, and attest that the unit has an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. The program is applicable to all settings in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers.

An important component of the program is an educational course entitled, “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit,” that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Upon completion of the program, the certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period. For a full list of program benefits, log on to www.asge.org.

“We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Glenn Eisen, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology.”

ASGE and Quality

ASGE is the profession’s leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The Society continually reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its courses, including "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 14,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

About Endoscopy

Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

Dr. Ovie E. Appresai, board certified in surgery, has joined Fisher-Titus General Surgery

OvieDr. Ovie E. Appresai

Wednesday, January 17, 2017

Dr. Appresai is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his medical education at the University of Benin, Nigeria and completed his surgical residency at Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center in New York City in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Appresai completed his Advanced GI Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at the University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital.

Immediately before joining the Fisher-Titus surgical team, he started the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia.

As a new member of the Fisher-Titus Medical Care staff, Dr. Appresai joins Farid Said, MD and Michael Nill, MD on the Fisher-Titus General Surgery team. Dr. Appresai is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 419-668-0680.