Medical Staff e-Update

Mark Smith, MD

Mark Smith, MD

Clinical Service Chief and Medical Director of Emergency Services, Executive Medical Director of Adult Hospitalist Services & Chief of Staff

Ray King, MD

Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & CMO

Issue 18 - February 25, 2015

Mark Smith, MD - Chief of Staff

Prior to becoming the Chief of Staff on January 1, 2015, Dr. Smith was the Vice-Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Credentials Committee.  He has been a member of the Medical Executive Committee since 2008.  Dr. Smith is the Clinical Service Chief and Medical Director of Emergency Services and Executive Medical Director of Adult Hospitalist Services.  As an area of focus, Dr. Smith aims to further enhance physician engagement, alignment, and collaboration.  He invites your comments and questions. Please feel free to call him at (517) 796-6426. 

Andrew Caughey, MD – Vice-Chief of Staff

Dr. Caughey’s term as Vice-Chief of Staff also began on January 1.  He has been a member of the Medical Executive Committee since 2010.  In addition, Dr. Caughey is the Clinical Service Chief and has served as the Medical Director of Anesthesia Services since 2010.  You may reach Dr. Caughey at (517) 789-5911.

John Mogerman, MD – Past-Chief of Staff

We would like to recognize Dr. John Mogerman for his service as Chief of Staff. Dr. Mogerman tirelessly served the medical staff during his term, including introducing mindfulness concepts and sharing HCAHPS results with physicians. Dr. Mogerman will now serve as the Bylaws Committee Chair, is an active member of the Board Health Improvement Organization (HIO) Committee, and remains the Medical Director of Behavioral Health.

The Allegiance Diabetes Center and endocrinologists, Dr. David Halsey and Dr. Hasan Qutob, have restructured the way that care is delivered to your patients with diabetes. This will be a more cost effective approach and will allow patients with diabetes to continue to receive comprehensive diabetes education and high quality clinical care.

Diabetes education and nutrition therapy will continue at the current location, now renamed Allegiance Diabetes Education Center and the physicians will see patients at their clinical offices listed below.

  • Clinical care locations will change.

After January 1, 2015, David Halsey, MD, will see patients in his private practice at 1310 Greenwood Avenue, (517) 787-2232. Fax (517) 784-9219.

After February 1, 2015, Hasan Qutob, MD, will see patients in his practice, Allegiance Endocrinology, at 813 W. Michigan Avenue, (517) 205-1000. Fax (517) 205-1019.

  • Through the end of 2015, diabetes education will remain at its current location, 817 W. High St., in order to be less disruptive to patients while extensive renovations are underway at the new Springport Road facility.

The new Allegiance Diabetes Education Center can serve as the critical educational support your patients need in addition to the clinical evaluations you or the endocrinologists provide.

A new referral form was created to ensure patients receive coordinated diabetes education. Please begin using this form in January 2015. Referrals must be signed by the physician managing the patient’s diabetes at time of referral (please see clinical brief).

A clinical brief is also available, which outlines the CMS guidelines for referring and providing education to patients with diabetes and/or renal disease who are recipients of Medicare Part B.

Please direct questions to Diabetes Education Center Practice Manager Karen Hocter at (517) 788-4800, ext. 4152, or email at

Each nurse cares for patients and communities, making a positive difference in the lives of many. Allegiance Health honors nurses who have been nominated by their co-workers for exhibiting high standards of practice and performance. The Nursing Excellence Awards are provided annually during Nurses Week.

Nurses may be nominated using seven different categories:

Nominations are now being accepted for the Nursing Excellence Awards for 2015. Further descriptions and access to the forms for each category is available – just CTRL+CLICK on category above or go to the Ida Nurse’s Week page to access.

To make a nomination

You choose a nurse, tell us why and we’ll do the rest!

When you’ve completed your nomination forms fax (780-7335), or POPUS to either:

  • Jessica Whitney, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Nursing Excellence Coordinator, 5 West, ext. 366
  • Deb Coolbaugh, Administrative Assistant, Nursing Excellence, 5 West, ext. 5093

Physicians, as well as patients, visitors, nurses and staff, are welcome to share how a nurse provided extraordinary care.

With your story, you’ll be nominating a nurse for the DAISY Award.

What’s the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Allegiance Health is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor every month.

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive:

  • A beautiful certificate
  • A DAISY Award pin
  • A hand-carved stone sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”

In addition, the nurse’s clinic/unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s. The Barnes family asks that whenever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

To nominate a nurse, please provide his/her name and describe a specific way your nurse made a real difference in your care.

Please tell us about yourself, so we can include you in the celebration if your nurse is chosen for a DAISY Award.

Your name:

Best way to contact you:

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, Patrick’s family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him, but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Patrick’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

To learn more about the program, please visit

Allegiance Health's compassionate therapists are ready to listen and help adults and children address emotional concerns. Call the Allegiance Access Center at (517) 789-5971 for an appointment. Openings are available in as few as 3 to 5 days. 

The Allegiance Health Policy regarding end of life and futility care has recently been reviewed. With no substantive revisions, it is being redistributed for your information as these situations arise periodically.

Download it here

The quarterly General Medical Staff meetings present an opportunity for physicians to meet new physicians, participate in medical staff governance and work together to set the direction of health care in Jackson.

The Medical Staff bylaws require members to attend two General Medical Staff meetings per year. Members who do not attend two meetings will be required to pay a fine: $100 for three missed meetings, and $500, if four meetings are missed.

The 2015 meetings will take place on:

  • Tuesday, March 24
  • Tuesday, June 23
  • Tuesday, September 22
  • Thursday, December 17

All meetings are held in the Anderson Building Auditorium.

Dinner is served at 5:30. Meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m.

Additionally, every Clinical Service holds regular meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss topics of interest and importance to individual specialties. Please contact Medical Staff and Credentialing Services at 788-4946, if you would like a copy of the meeting dates re-sent to your office.

Please Welcome Anandeep Kumar, MD

Dr. Kumar is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who graduated from Srivenkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences-SVIMS, India. He completed a residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics, Chicago, IL, and an internship in General Surgery at Medical University of Ohio at Toledo.

Dr. Kumar has previously resided with his family near Ann Arbor, MI, but most receontly has spent 13 years in practice in Iowa. He is looking forward to returning to home in Michigan. Dr. Kumar is a Board Certified Diplomat and fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, the American Board of Electro diagnostic Medicine, and the American Board of Disability Analysts.

Dr. Kumar’s areas of expertise include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck conditions
  • Botox injections for cervical dystonia
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy

Dr. Kumar welcomes new patients.

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