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Winter 2022 Communications Report

The communications committee met in November to review the current newsletter content and also work on a meeting structure for 2023. We also welcomed a new member, Lindsey Sadler, MBA, MA with Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We are also communicating recent bylaw changes that are included in this newsletter. Please also keep your eyes and ears open for any members who have been published, quoted or appeared in any publication regarding their neurosurgery services or expertise. Please make sure we are aware if you know of anyone so we can highlight them through our NERVES publications.

We can’t wait to see everyone in April in Los Angeles!

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Winter 2022 Bylaws Update

In September, NERVES Board of Directors approved updated bylaws. The updates to the bylaws will allow for board discretion to permit inactive members to continue to hold society positions for the benefit of the society.  Additionally, it will allow for Regional Directors to keep their position for their reminder of their term if they move to a different region during their term. 

If you have questions or concerns about the current bylaws or have a governance question, please email us at [email protected].

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Winter 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. The committee has a great balance of private practice, hospital-based practices, and academic practice to represent our membership on our committee.

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Winter 2022 CSNS Liaison Report

I would like to start off by saying that being the NERVES Liaison to the Congress of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my time in NERVES. I have had the opportunity to interact with both professionals and physicians from across the practice spectrum. For those who don’t know much or anything about the CSNS it is the grassroots socio-economic organization that sits between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS). It is made up of various appointees and volunteers from all practice venues and state and regional neurosurgery societies. It has a Chair, currently Dr. Joseph S. Cheng, that serves a two-year term as well as various other officers. There are also several committees that have a Chair like the Practice Committee and the Medico-Legal Committee, among others. It also offers great exposure for residents. The CSNS take around 12 Socio -Economic Resident Fellows each year that get to learn many aspects of practice that they get little or no exposure to during their six to seven years of training in an academic program. The CSNS meets in-person at both annual meetings of its parent organizations and all neurosurgeons are welcome to attend and vote on the various resolutions that are put forward during the meeting. The CSNS also meets in the Summer and Winter either in-person or through a video to keep things moving forward between the annual meetings.

At the CNS meeting in San Francisco in October, several resolutions were put forward for consideration, of which only a few were adopted and are moving forward. Some of the following resolutions will be moving forward during the next year: 

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Winter 2022 Callagy Article

State “Surprise Bill” Laws or the Federal No Surprises Act—Which Law Applies When?

By Thomas LaGreca, Esq., Callagy Law

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Winter 2022 Bylaws Update

In September, NERVES Board of Directors approved updated bylaws. The updates to the bylaws will allow for board discretion to permit inactive members to continue to hold society positions for the benefit of the society.  Additionally, it will allow for Regional Directors to keep their position for their reminder of their term if they move to a different region during their term.

If you have questions or concerns about the current bylaws or have a governance question, please email us at [email protected].

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Winter 2022 A Message from RosmanSearch

Hello NERVES Members,

Starting your recruitment on the right foot is only half of the recruitment equation. Once you’ve identified your top candidates, these four tips will help you to have your new hire signing on the dotted line!

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Winter 2022 Member Spotlight

Name, Title, Employer: Cynthia Voorhees MSN, RNFA, ACNP-BC. CFO of TNSPINE PLLC.

How long have you been a NERVES member: I am new. Not even a year and I have enjoyed it very much.  

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Winter 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
North/Midwest Meghan Glabach Chief Department Administrator University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
North/Midwest Erin Krieger Chief Operating Officer Neurosurgery of St. Louis St. Louis, MO
North/Midwest Rebecca Ruegg Cowan Chief Operating Officer Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine  Carmel, IN
Southeast Amy Bassett Director of Operations Neurosurgical Consultants, LLP Owensboro, KY
Southeast Jennifer Patterson Director of Neuroscience Operations CHI Memorial Stroke & Neuroscience Center Chattanooga, TN
Southeast Cathy Rosenberg AVP Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics UHealth Tower Miami, FL
Southwest Terri Hicks President & CEO The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA
Southwest Wyatt Howell Chief Operating Officer Center for Neurosciences Tucson, AZ
Southwest Kristin Zieles Program Manager OU Health Neurosurgery Oklahoma City, OK

 

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Winter 2022 Partner Spotlight: Curi

Curi was proud to be a platinum-level sponsor of the 2022 NERVES Conference in Philadelphia. It was wonderful to see NERVES members and to share how Curi’s advisory, capital, and insurance offerings are delivering valued advice that’s time-tested and trusted for practices and practice leaders across the country.  

We look forward to keeping in touch with the neurosurgery groups that make up the NERVES membership and are excited to partner with many of you to understand how we can continue to support you and your practices in medicine, business, and life.

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Winter 2022 President's Letter

Dear NERVES Members:

I am so pleased to report that our first Building the Best: The Future of Spine Care & the Development of Centers of Excellence conference on September 22-23 in Chicago was phenomenal! Everyone who attended learned detailed nuts and bolts information about spine center and ERAS planning, operations, multidisciplinary team approaches, marketing, cost measurement, insurer perspectives, and the future of spine care. We all returned to our workplaces with a tremendous amount of new information and ideas that will improve spine care for patients across the country.  Hats off to the NERVES members who planned this event and the exhibitors and speakers who supported it. It was a true success story!

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Winter 2022 Newsletter What makes a Center Excellent? - Step 2

Author, Nicola Hawkinson with SpineSearch

Our recent article "WHAT MAKES A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE..., EXCELLENT?" certainly caught the attention of many readers, and your questions have been well…, “excellent.”

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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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