Dr. Joan Kolodzik Named Chair-Elect of USACS National Clinical Governance Board
Sep 10, 2020
CANTON, Ohio, September 10, 2020 – US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) today announced it has named Joan Kolodzik MD, FACEP, Chair-Elect of its National Clinical Governance Board. Dr. Kolodzik’s term as Chair will begin January 1, 2021.
The USACS National Clinical Governance Board (NCGB) is unique in the acute unscheduled healthcare industry. The USACS NCGB is chartered by the group’s board of directors to be independent and autonomous of the company’s board, is comprised solely of physicians and is tasked with all clinical governance issues facing the group.
Led by James Augustine MD, FACEP, since its inception in 2015, the NCGB established evidence-based guidelines for patient care at all hospitals served by USACS.
Dominic J. Bagnoli, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Executive Chair of the USACS Board of Directors said, “Because USACS is owned by its physicians, we had the opportunity to structure ourselves with our mission to care for patients at the center of all our decisions. The NCGB is the most obvious example of our commitment to keep clinical decisions separate from business decisions.
“Dr. Augustine was the perfect physician leader to form the NCGB in its early years by bringing together the best minds from different independent groups into a coherent and effective board. Dr. Kolodzik will undoubtedly prove to be the right physician leader to further refine and enhance the evidence-based guidelines under which all USACS clinicians practice.”
Dr. Augustine said, “There was a time two patients could have completely different care experiences at different hospitals despite presenting with the same complaints and risk factors. Reducing that variability with evidence-based guidelines, developed by the brightest and most dedicated physicians with whom I’ve ever worked, will be a highlight of my career.”
Dr. Kolodzik said, “As leaders in a physician-owned practice, we can shape the delivery of care by building the tools to reduce variability, raise quality and reduce risk. In the middle of all those intersecting priorities is better patient care and patient experience. I am humbled and excited to lead the USACS NCGB to support my clinician colleagues and their patients.”
Dr. Kolodzik practices clinically at Mercy Health Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. She is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and also serves as clinical faculty for the Ohio University Medical School.
Dr. Kolodzik earned a master's degree in human anatomy and her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, where she also completed her emergency medicine residency.
Founded by emergency medicine physician groups in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas, USACS is the national leader in physician-owned integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist and observation services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately 6 million patients annually at more than 220 locations and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Visit usacs.com to learn more.
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Jan 23, 2023
US Acute Care Solutions and Array Behavioral Care Partner to Deliver Virtual Psychiatric Care in Emergency Departments
CANTON, Ohio, Jan 23, 2023– US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), the largest physician-owned acute care practice in the nation, and Array Behavioral Care, the nation’s leading virtual psychiatry and therapy practice, today announced a strategic partnership to offer comprehensive acute medical and psychiatric care services to health systems. With the newly formed Behavioral Emergency Stabilization and Treatment(BEST) model*, USACS and Array will unite their clinical and technological expertise to combat the growing epidemic of acute mental illness that has impacted the nation for decades. Patients with acute psychiatric issues have significantly higher average emergency department (ED) lengths of stay and are more likely to stay in the ED for longer than 12 hours than those with other medical conditions (Simko 2022). It is not uncommon for EDs around the nation to have psychiatric patients waitingdaysfor specialist care and transfer to appropriate institutions. The burden on psychiatric patients and their families is paralleled by the challenges posed to the health system, especially during this time of staffing and resource shortages. The downstream result of delays in acute psychiatric care has a domino effect on non-psychiatric patient care and throughput. Array’s sophisticated virtual psychiatric care platform and clinical expertise can improve the speed of evaluation, treatment initiation and patient throughput, which improves the quality of care for all patients in the acute care space. Additionally, by using virtual technology, Array and USACS will be able to facilitate quicker access to care and further address social determinants of health. “By combining our strengths in emergency medicine, hospital medicine and critical care with Array’s expertise in behavioral care, we can meet the physical and mental health needs of our patients and support our health system partners with a comprehensive suite of acute care services,” said Chris Hummer, Chief Executive Officer of USACS. “Our mission at Array is to help address the nation’s mental health needs by using technology to bring licensed behavioral health clinicians to patients everywhere. Together with USACS, we can help provide holistic care to more patients in acute care setting,” said Geoffrey Boyce, Chief Executive Officer of Array. “Health systems see the effects of undertreated mental illness in our communities firsthand. Hospitals are continuing to experience massive influxes of psychiatric patients to their emergency departments because of poor access to outpatient mental health services. This affects not just the psychiatric patients but all patients in the emergency department. If we can manage psychiatric patients through early stabilization and treatment, we can improve the quality of care and clinical operations so that all patients can be seen faster and more comprehensively,” said Dr. Matt Patlovany, President and Chief Clinical Officer of USACS. “At Array, we aim to deliver quality and timely behavioral health, using evidence-based tools that meet patients where they are. We’re excited to see how this strategic partnership can help health systems across the nation meet the physical and mental health care needs of their community,” said Dr. Jim Varrell, Executive Chief Medical Officer of Array. “We at USACS have already demonstrated through our Integrated Acute Care model that emergency medicine, hospital medicine and critical care working together can produce better clinical outcomes for our patients and operational outcomes for our health system partners,” added Dr. Amer Aldeen, Chief Medical Officer of USACS. “Now, we are excited to partner with the national leader in virtual psychiatric care to ensure that high-quality care includes both physicalandmental health.” About USACS Founded by emergency medicine and hospitalist physicians across the country, USACS is solely owned by its physicians and hospital system partners. The group is a national leader in integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist and critical care services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately nine million patients annually across more than 500 programs and is aligned with many of the leading health systems in the country. Visit usacs.com for more. About Array Behavioral Care Array Behavioral Care is the nation’s leading clinician-centric virtual psychiatry and therapy practice with a mission to transform access to quality, timely behavioral health care. Array offers telepsychiatry solutions and services across the continuum of care, from hospital to home, through its OnDemand, Scheduled and AtHome divisions. For more than 20 years, Array has partnered with hundreds of hospitals and health systems, community health care organizations and payers of all sizes to expand access to care and improve outcomes for underserved individuals, facilities and communities. As an industry pioneer and established thought leader, Array has helped shape the field, define the standard of care and advocate for improved telepsychiatry-friendly regulations. To learn more, visitwww.arraybc.com.  Simko L, Birgisson N E, Pirrotta E A, et al. (June 02, 2022) Waiting for Care: Length of Stay for ED Mental Health Patients by Disposition, Diagnosis, and Region (2009–2015). Cureus 14(6): e25604. DOI 10.7759/cureus.25604 ###
Jan 16, 2023
US Acute Care Solutions Names Lori Fauvie as Chief Human Resources Officer
CANTON, Ohio, January 16, 2023 – US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), the largest physician-owned and led acute care practice in the United States, announced today it has named Lori Fauvie as Chief Human Resources Officer. Most recently, Ms. Fauvie served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Parker Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune-250 global leader in motion and control technologies, in roles of increasing responsibility. An attorney by trade, Ms. Fauvie began her career at Parker as an Assistant General Counsel, a position she held for five years beginning in 2008. Prior to joining Parker, Ms. Fauvie practiced law at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP, in Cleveland. Fauvie earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her Juris Doctorate at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Chris Hummer, USACS Chief Executive Officer, said, “Lori is going to make an exceptional addition to our executive leadership team. She has a passion for front-line employees, the people who support the front-line, and a deep understanding of the technologies and resources required to maintain an engaged culture.” “I am thrilled to be joining the USACS team at such an important time in the organization’s history,” said Ms. Fauvie. “It is apparent already the physician-owners, and those who support them, have a deep passion for their work, and I look forward to diving into the mission-driven culture of USACS.” About USACS Founded by emergency medicine and inpatient physicians across the country, USACS is solely owned by its physicians and hospital system partners. The group is a national leader in integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist, and critical care services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately nine million patients annually across more than 500 programs and is aligned with many of the leading health systems in the country. Visit usacs.com for more. Media Contact Marty Richmond Corporate Communications Department US Acute Care Solutions (330) 493-4443 x1406