July 2022 Completing the NERVES Socio-Economic Survey

On July 14th, NERVES members heard from Derek Cantrell, NERVES Survey & Research Committee Chair, and Emily Penn, Senior Associate with KSM, as they presented a how-to on submitting data for our 2021 Socio-Economic Survey. The session took newcomers through highlights of how to efficiently complete the survey. We will use the survey instructions and survey results to help with understanding. The session was finished with a Q&A.
 
Thank you to our presenters, as well as to everyone who joined us for an informative session. If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording at the link below.
Recording password: NERVESJuly22!
Please key in this password directly (do not copy and paste)
 
Also available is the webinar PowerPoint Presentation

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July 2022 Membership Committee Report

The membership committee has expanded the committee by six members. We are working on a plan to improve the retention and engagement of the members by the following : 

  • Survey to establish the reasons for members leaving. Already sent to those who left. Pending results.
  • We are developing a standard practice to ensure engagement from the regional directors and members within the next 30 days.  

We are looking for permission from the board to develop the following: 

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July 2022 CSNS Liaison Report

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Winter CSNS EC Meeting in Washington, DC due to a prior commitment, but was able to attend the CSNS Meeting in Philadelphia during both the NERVES Annual Educational Meeting and the AANS Annual Meeting. This was the first in-person plenary meeting since the onset of COVID. There were many topics discussed as resolutions and I will highlight some of the ones that should be of interest to our group.

  • Cost Awareness Amongst Neurosurgeon Faculty and Residents: A Need for Health Care Sustainability Education
  • Case Minimum and Credentialing Requirements
  • Creating Sustainable Reimbursement for the Physician Workforce of the Future (Medicare)
  • Evaluating Medical Error Reporting Practices in Neurological Intensive Care Units (Emergency Resolution pertaining to the criminal conviction of a neurosurgical ICU nurse)

I was also asked to sit on a lunch panel at the CSNS luncheon that was focused on philanthropy, how to pursue it and what areas within a practice that it can help, like bridge research funding, helping backstop certain clinical programs that lack reimbursement but are critical to high functioning centers and teams.

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July 2022 New Members

Welcome New NERVES Members!
Help us welcome our new members to NERVES! The Regional Directors representing the North/Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest Regions would like to personally welcome you to our great professional organization. We are excited you have decided to join us and look forward to getting to know you!

NERVES Regional Directors
Thomas Cairo, Northeast
Kathy Tobin, Southeast
Antoine Curtis, North/Midwest
Stacey Snodgrass, Southwest

New Members Since November 2021:
Region Name Title Organization Location
Northeast Matthew Nivison Administrative Director Boston Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery Tiveton, RI
Northeast Jessica Fallon Director of Operations Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA
Northeast Jennifer Mulligan Senior Director of Finance and Administration Yale School of Medicine/Yale Medicine New Haven, CT
Northeast Lindsey Sadler Executive Director, Neurosurgery Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA
Northeast Bennett Stein Director of Clinical Operations and Business Development Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery New York, NY
Northeast Lee Leibowitz Chief Administrative Officer, Neuroscience Service Line Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, NJ
North/Midwest Mark Vorherr CEO Mayfield Brain and Spine Cincinnati, OH
North/Midwest Robbe Peetz Director, Neurosciences and Neurosurgery Nebraska Medicine Omaha, NE
North/Midwest Krista Roehrs Neurosciences Clinical Supervisor Parkview Health   Fort Wayne, IN
North/Midwest Mecca Johnson Program Director, Regional Neurosurgery Northwestern Medicine Chicago, IL
North/Midwest Elizabeth Retyi-Gazda Finance Manager University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery Cincinnati, OH
North/Midwest Antoine Curtis Program Director Northwestern Medicine Chicago, IL
Southwest Suzie Morrel Senior Director of Operations and Strategy, Neurosciences The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School Austin, TX
Southwest Cynthia Voorhees CFO TNSpine PLLC Boerne, TX
Southeast Joshua Beardsley Regional Vice President, Neuroscience Service Lines - Florida & Gulf Coast Ascension Gulf Breeze, FL
Southeast Bryan Gaspard Physician Neurosurgery--Saint Dominic's Hospital Jackson MS Flora, MS
Southeast Jeff Weingart Business Administrator, Neurosurgery Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Winston Salem, NC
Southeast Paul Doherty Director of Finance & Administration University of Virginia Neurosurgery Charlottesville, VA
Southeast Kelli Besh CEO Southeastern Spine Brain & Joint Chattanooga, TN

 

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July 2022 Hub Message

HUB was proud to be a platinum level sponsor of the 2022 NERVES Conference in Philadelphia. It was a great opportunity to meet with NERVES members from throughout the country and to update attendees on the many resources offered by HUB.

The conference was well supported with excellent networking events. NERVES volunteer leadership along with Melissa Klingberg went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of.

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July 2022 Education Committee Report

Committee Members: Carrie Bennett, Antoine Curtis, Galyn Damiani, Kelly Hornbacher, M.J. Orellano (chair), Alex Palleschi, Jim Shea, Stacey Snodgrass, Kathy Tobin (past chair), Mark Vorherr, Melissa Klingberg (NERVES). 

The Education Committee is responsible for creating educational opportunities for NERVES members throughout the year. We are pleased to welcome two new committee members this quarter: Carrie Bennett from the Neurological and Spine Institute of Savannah and Mark Vorherr from Mayfield Clinic.  We have a great balance of private practice, hospital-based practice and academic practice to represent our membership on our committee.

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July 2022 A Message from RosmanSearch

Hello NERVES Members,

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July 2022 President's Letter

Dear NERVES Members:

I’m sending greetings from Birmingham, Alabama to all of you across the U.S.  I hope you are enjoying the summer and getting outdoors, but I also know that many of you are facing scorching deep-south temperatures -- no matter where you live!  The heat this summer is in stark contrast to the cold temps and wind we experienced at our April Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on the rooftop bar that night, right?  The heat from the fire pits and the great personal and professional connections we made that night kept the networking and fun going all the way past closing. I met so many of you at the April meeting, and I’m extraordinarily thankful for that opportunity!

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July 2022 Member Profile

Rosa Schiro, CFO IGEA Brain, Spine, & Orthopedics 

How long you've been in the role and what past jobs/experiences led up to this role:
I accidentally ended up in medical. I had been a SAHM running my husband’s business and raising my children for the last 20 years when I decided to dip my toe back into the career pool.  I was working part time at an accounting firm across the street from my sons’ school and wanted to start looking for a full-time position because my boys would be starting high school soon and I wanted to stay busy.  When I was initially offered the position of accounting manager at IGEA I was reluctant because I knew nothing about medical but as I someone close to me said “1+1 will always equal 2” so I took the plunge.  Within a year I was promoted to Controller and last year I was also put in charge of overseeing our billing and promoted to CFO.

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July 2022 Practice Administrator & NERVES Member Celebrates 50 Years!

Please join NERVES in congratulating our member, Diana M. Hansen for 50 years with her practice! 

From Diana: On March 6, 1972 (when I was 5 years old!  Not really, of course, but it is usually good for a laugh!) I started working with two neurosurgeons: Dr. David Hubbell and Dr. Harley Deere. They had just left another neurosurgery group to go out on their own. They needed someone to file charts, copy charts (copy machines needed liquid toner at that time), and other general clean up office duties so that is how it all began. I was in high school at the time and the office manager worked around my school schedule allowing me full time work during school holidays, Saturdays, and summertime. That arrangement continued through college. I got my teaching credential which remains current to this day, but there were no teaching jobs in California, so they offered me a fulltime position with benefits as secretary to Dr. Harley Deere. That was in 1977. In 1981 I was offered the office management position and have been working in that capacity since. Several doctors have come and gone, but I am still here!

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March 2022 President's Letter

Spring has arrived and along with it brings the excitement of our first in-person NERVES Annual Meeting since 2019!  Our organization’s Annual Meeting is the springboard (no pun intended) to all things NERVES and is the conduit to and for the society’s mission – to connect neurosurgery executives to resources, education, and data to enhance value for the business of neurosurgery.  The connectedness that NERVES provides to its members brings a resourcefulness that neurosurgical practice managers simply cannot get elsewhere. 

Our society always has been and continues to be high-value, and I encourage our members to in-turn invest in and commit to NERVES by attending our first in-person meeting in three years!  NERVES is super excited about our upcoming meeting in Philadelphia as we have a fantastic program scheduled.  If you have not registered yet, please consider joining your fellow members at the 2022 annual meeting to not only support our mission but to also help deliver on our NERVES vision and values.

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Ballot of Nominees for Officers 2022 - 2023

Ballot of Nominees for Officers 2022 - 2023
 
The NERVES Nominating Committee would like to submit the following ballot of nominees for your consideration and support*. We will call for a final vote for these open officer positions on Thursday, April 28 at the 2022 NERVES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
  • President - Donna Bailer, J.D., UAB Department of Neurosurgery
  • President Elect / Vice President - John Moeller, Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis
  • Treasurer - Kevin Hockenson, NeoSpine
  • North/Midwest Regional Director - Antoine Curtis, Northwestern Medicine
  • Northeast Regional Director - Thomas Cairo, BayHealth
  • Southwest Regional Director - Stacey Snodgrass, Ascension St. John Neurosurgery Tulsa
*If you are interested in nominating someone, or yourself, for consideration for an officer position on the 2022-2023 Board, please email [email protected] no later than April 12, 2022.
 
Thank You to Our 2021 - 2022 Board, Liaisons, & Committees
  • President - Steve Napolitan, MHSA, University of Michigan, Neurosurgery
  • President Elect / Vice President - Donna Bailer, J.D., UAB Department of Neurosurgery
  • Treasurer - John Moeller , Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis
  • Secretary - Jacob Rodman, CMPE, Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic, Inc.
  • North / Midwest Regional Director - Kevin Hockenson, NeoSpine
  • Northeast Regional Director - Tariq Qureshi, Grady Health
  • Southeast Regional Director - Kathy Tobin, MBA, MHSA , Duke Medical Center
  • Southwest Regional Director - Rebecca Turner, CPC, Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center
  • Immediate Past President - John Lewis, CPA, FACMPE, MBA, Semmes-Murphey Clinic
  • CSNS Liaison - Todd Barnes, CMPE, MBA
  • CSNS Liaison - Dr. Andy Wakefield, CT Neurosurgery & Spine Associates LLC
  • Education Liaison - Kathy Tobin, MBA, MSHCA , Duke Medical Center & MJ Orellano, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Washington Liaison - Mary Cloninger, MBA, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates PA

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March 2022 Fact and Fiction: How Doctors Can Re-Establish Trust in an Era of Misinformation

Fact and Fiction:

How Doctors Can Re-Establish Trust in an Era of Misinformation

By: Curi

It’s no secret that trust in authority has been collapsing for years—and in the wake of a global pandemic, physicians, both generalists and specialists, now sit in the crosshairs of mistrust among many patients. When science and fact are often dismissed as biased and misinformation spreads rapidly, re-establishing trust with patients is a difficult, but essential, task. By understanding the origins of this mistrust and how it presents itself within the medical community, doctors can rebuild patient confidence in their expertise and help provide quality care to the broadest possible swath of patients.


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March 2022 Member Profile: Amanda Synder

Amanda Snyder, RN, COO, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates

How long have you been a member of NERVES?

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March 2022 Annual Meeting Committee Report

Annual Meeting Committee Report

Co-chairs:  John Moeller & Donna Bailer.  Members: Mary Amann, Beth Baucom, Galyn Damiani, Jacob Rodman, Jim Shea, Kevin Hockenson, John Lewis, Steve Napolitan, Thomas Cairo.

Since the last report, the Annual Meeting Committee has been hard at work planning all the details of the upcoming Annual NERVES Member meeting in Philadelphia, PA occurring April 27-29, 2022.  With the help of our platinum sponsors Curi and Hub, we secured some really amazing featured speakers this year, along with our incredible group of regular presenters. 

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March 2022 Education Committee Report

March 2022 Education Committee Report

Committee Members: Antoine Curtis, Galyn Damiani, Kelly Hornbacher, Erika Martin, M.J. Orellano (chair), Alex Palleschi, Tariq Qureshi, Jim Shea, Stacey Snodgrass, Kathy Tobin (past chair), Melissa Klingberg (NERVES) 

The Education Committee is responsible for creating educational opportunities for NERVES members throughout the year. The NERVES Education Committee continues to work hard as we respond to meet the educational needs of our members in this rapidly changing environment, where meeting face to face has been problematic.  The Education Committee chooses monthly webinars based on surveys sent to the membership as well as “hot topics” discussed on the NERVES listserv.  

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March 2022 Survey Committee Report

Survey Committee will meet in Philadelphia to begin planning for the 2022 survey.  We will also review feedback received during/after Mike Heaton’s presentation at the annual meeting.   We are also always looking for new committee membership.  Please email me ([email protected]) or the NERVES office ([email protected]) if you have interest. 

Derek Cantrell
NERVES Survey Chair

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March 2022 New Members

Welcome New NERVES Members!
Help us welcome our new members to NERVES! The Regional Directors representing the North/Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest Regions would like to personally welcome you to our great professional organization. We are excited you have decided to join us and look forward to getting to know you!

NERVES Regional Directors
Tariq Qureshi, Northeast
Kathy Tobin, Southeast
Kevin Hockenson, North/Midwest
Rebecca Turner, Southwest

New Members Since November 2021:
Region Name Title Organization Location
Northeast Alex Chang Vice President, Department of Neurosurgery RWJBarnabas Health Forest Hills, NY
Northeast Cindy Zhao Department Administrator/CFO Columbia University Irving Medical Center New York, NY
North/Midwest Dawna Polmateer Practice Administrator Coastal Neurology and Neurosurgery Anchorage, AK
North/Midwest Dixie Ferguson Manager of Neurosurgery MercyOne Des Moines Neurosurgery Des Moines, IA
North/Midwest Sharon Ohland, CMPE||MHSA Administrator Midwest Spine  Stillwater, MN
North/Midwest Carla Lauenstein Administrator The Nebraska Neurosurgery Group Waverly, NE
North/Midwest Antoine Curtis Program Director Northwestern Medicine Chicago, IL
Southwest Mairajeanett Guadalupe Clinical Office Manager Fort Worth Brain & Spine Institute Fort Worth, TX
Southwest Jeffrey Titus Director, Neuroscience Service Line UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children's Austin, TX
Southeast Kelli Besh CEO Line Southeastern Spine Brain & Joint Chattanooga, TN
Southeast Kirsten Yelvington Operations Administrator UAB Neurosurgery Birmingham, AL
Southeast Steve LeMoine Vice President, Cardiovascular Services Infirmary Health Mobile, AL
Southeast Jack O'Connor Chief Executive Officer Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center Florence, SC
Southeast Sabino DAgostino Neurosurgeon Southern Coast Specialists Isle of Palms, SC
Southeast Emily Campbell Medical Office Manager Augusta Health Spine Clinic Fishersville, VA

 

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November 2021 New Members

Welcome New NERVES Members!
Help us welcome our new members to NERVES! The Regional Directors representing the North/Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest Regions and would like to personally welcome you to our great professional organization. We are excited you have decided to join us and look forward to getting to know you!

NERVES Regional Directors
Tariq Qureshi, Northeast
Kathy Tobin, Southeast
Kevin Hockenson, North/Midwest
Rebecca Turner, Southwest

New Members Since June 2021:
Region Name Title Organization Location
North/Midwest Melinda Hollingshead Associate Administrator OSU Neurosurgery, LLC Thornville, OH
North/Midwest Donna Lowry Executive Director The Brain + Spine Center Holland, MI
North/Midwest Marcy Rogers VP Inverness Operations Parkview Health Fort Wayne, IN
North/Midwest Georges Markarian MD CCAG Neuroscience Akron, OH
North/Midwest Heather Middleton Office Manager Neurological & Spinal Surgery Merrillville IN
Northeast Shawn Bonk Senior Administrator Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
Southeast Walter Fletcher Director Of Operations Legacy Brain and Spine, LLC Atlanta, GA
Southeast Larissa Hill Executive Director, Neurosciences WakeMed Health & Hospitals Raleigh, NC
Southeast Evelyn Lyle Billing Manager Collier Neurologic Specialists Naples, FL
Southeast Amanda Snyder Director of Operations Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Charlotte, NC
Southwest Carlos Abeyta Department Administrator UNM Neurosurgery Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Linda Pham Chief Finance Officer UCSF Health San Francisco, CA
Southwest Rebecca Knox Senior Department Administrator Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences New Orleans, LA
Southwest Erica Gonzalez Administrative Director Texas Brain & Spine Institute Bryan, TX
Southwest Shalou Herrera-Puno RN Operations Manager Neurosurgery Colorado Springs, CO

 

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November 2021 Survey Instructions

2021 Socio-Economic Survey Deadline Extended
New Deadline November 24th!

 

Completing the NERVES Socio-Economic Survey


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