Making an Impact
When Dr. Nancy Rini arrived at Middlesex Health 18 years ago, part of the appeal was the health system’s dedicated Medical Staff. Today, the Medical Staff is 652 providers strong and is composed of both employed and private providers of all specialties. Dr. Rini was recently elected as president of the Medical Staff and will serve along with the elected officers, Dr. Bart Kenney, vice president, and Dr. Brian Mirante, secretary/treasurer.
Dr. Rini describes the Medical Staff as “a professional, collegial body with the responsibility to ensure that all patients are treated equally and receive appropriate care.”
The Medical Staff’s role at Middlesex Health is clearly defined. Through various committees, the members of the Medical Staff provide consultation, professional support and review. The core responsibility of the Medical Staff is self-governance and the oversight of its members to ensure high quality and safe patient care.
For example, when a new provider applies for membership to the Middlesex Health Medical Staff and for privileges at Middlesex Hospital, existing members of the Medical Staff review the new provider’s education, training, and competency to ensure that they are qualified. The Medical Staff then makes recommendations to the health system’s Board of Directors, which officially approves any appointments and privileges.
The Medical Staff also assists in developing hospital policy and provides education for providers throughout the health system.
In addition to her Medical Staff leadership role, Dr. Rini is an active physician and chair of the Department of Radiology. She provides care by diagnosing diseases using medical imaging studies, such as CT and MRI scans, and collaborating with other providers to manage treatment and follow up. Although sometimes hidden “behind the scenes,” radiologists are a vital member of a patient’s care team and provide essential information to guide care.
“The health system is fortunate to have an engaged and active Medical Staff,” Dr. Rini says. “Education, social cohesion and process improvement are essential to maintain and build on our existing foundation. I look forward to continuing to support and advance these important initiatives.”
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