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

In the Spotlight        
Physician reaches new heights atop Mount Kilimanjaro 
Dr. Shanthi Sivendran finds that good hiking boots – and a backpack full of Combos – are the keys to climbing Africa’s highest mountain. Read More

Rounding, huddles and meeting-free zones: what continuous improvement means to you 
Dr. Michael Ripchinski says physician leadership is essential to break down silos, foster teamwork and improve quality, safety and clinical outcomes. Read More

5 steps all physicians can take to fight opioid abuse 
AMA president calls on members to “turn the tide” of the drug epidemic, which has claimed more than 250,000 lives. Read More

New to the Medical & Dental Staff
LG Health/Penn Medicine welcomes new physicians 
Anesthesiologist, neurologist and pediatrician join Medical & Dental Staff. Read More

LG Health/Penn Medicine welcomes new medical affiliate 
Nurse practitioner joins Medical & Dental Staff. Read More

Medical & Dental Staff News
Two physicians elected to Medical Executive Committee 
Orthopedist Paul Carroll and OB-GYN John Eichenlaub will serve on committee. Read More

Trauma surgeon: Lancaster County sees too much gun violence 
In Sunday LNP op-ed, Dr. Chet Morrison calls for stronger law enforcement, more research and innovative programs to fight “assault on public health.” Read More

LG Health News
Research Institute supports and encourages physicians to pursue research projects 
Medical Director says research leads to better outcomes for patients and keeps physicians up-to-date and engaged. Read More

Simple Epic guidance helps physicians order the right lab test 
Six months after a small change -- part of an overall effort to reduce unnecessary costs -- orders for the wrong Vitamin D screening tests drop by half. Read More

Practice of Medicine
Breast cancer screening recommendations cause confusion 
Daleela Dodge, M.D., says despite recent changes to guidelines, breast self-exams and clinical breast exams save lives. Read More

Valuable medical appointment costs nothing for older adults 
An Annual Wellness Visit, a free benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries, often leads to identifying issues not discussed during a routine office visit. Read More

The Universal Protocol prevents wrong person, procedure and site surgeries 
The protocol emphasizes patient identification and pre-procedure verification, site marking and the time-out process. Read More

Updated sepsis definition focuses on ‘life-threatening organ dysfunction’ 
Old definition – tied to inflammatory changes – often led to overdiagnosis of the condition. Read More

Upcoming events include opioids, ‘Palliative Improv’ and pediatric infectious disease 
Check out these great CME events coming in March and April. Read More

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