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Welcome to the December issue of Progress Notes 
A message from Editor-in-Chief Dr. Charles A. Castle Read More

In the Spotlight 
Q&A with Dr. Michael Ripchinski: Quality goals, the value of data and his new role 
LG Health’s Chief Quality and Medical Information Officer encourages physicians to know and understand data to improve patient care. Read More

Bad Medicine, good music 
Many members of local classic rock cover band – including two surgeons -- have day jobs in healthcare. Read More

Costs of healthcare benefits in Lancaster County now exceed national average 
Rising costs can affect the care physicians provide – and their relationships with patients. Read More

New to the Medical & Dental Staff 
LG Health welcomes new physicians 
Pediatrician, obstetrician and pediatric pulmonologist join Medical & Dental Staff. Read More

LG Health welcomes new medical affiliates 
Three nurse practitioners join Medical & Dental Staff. Read More

Staff Transitions 
Dr. Pamela Vnenchak named Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine 
Physician succeeds Dr. John C. Wood, now Medical Director of Lancaster General Health Physicians. Read More

Medical & Dental Staff News 
Dr. Peter J. Ross named president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Also: In LNP interview, dentist reflects on his 30 years in practice at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates. Read More

Dr. James Kelly works to engage physicians in Lancaster City & County Medical Society 
Current president says many physicians don’t know much about the society or the benefits of membership. Read More

Dr. Karen Rizzo reflects on her term as President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
Recent speech reviews the highlights of her tenure and looks to PA MED’s future. Read More

LG Health News 
Women’s Specialty Center at Lancaster General Health opens 
Center, which is unique to the region and features all female providers, offers primary and specialty care just for women in one location. Read More

Look for revisions to FPPE and OPPE policies 
Questions? Contact your Department Chair, Division Chief or Dr. Duke. Read More

Practice of Medicine 
How to talk to patients about advance care planning 
Geriatrician Dr. Leon Kraybill offers practical advice for physicians who want to start the conversation. Read More

Patient Safety Update: How to incorporate cellphone photos of patients into the medical record 
Clinicians can use the camera integrated into Haiku and Canto devices to capture clinical images. Read More

PA Post: In new column, Physician Advisors offer tips for physicians who work with hospital patients 
When hospital census is up, SNF, PT and other resources are limited. Please choose wisely. Read More

Thank you for a successful ICD-10 transition 
Your prompt response to coding queries is appreciated; support is available for any issues. Read More

December events include management of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcoma 
Check out these great CME events coming this month. Read More

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