Dr. Walt Mills is new president of SCMA SCMA donates book proceeds to residency program Nominations needed for SCMA awards SCMA and Alliance award $31,000 in medical scholarships to local students Sonoma Medicine wins international award Health Information Exchange conference set for Rohnert Park Top stories from CMA Alert PEOPLE MEDICAL FACILITIES RESOURCES CLASSIFIEDS ABOUT SCMA Dr. Walt Mills is new president of SCMA Walt Mills, MD, deputy director of the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residencyand assistant chief of family medicine services at Kaiser Santa Rosa, is the newpresident of SCMA. He will serve through June 2013. In a wide-ranging interviewin the current issue of Sonoma Medicine, Dr. Mills discusses his plans for SCMAand describes the new Kaiser Family Medicine Residency, for which he will serveas program director. The other new members of the SCMA executive team are Drs. Stephen Steady(president-elect), Jeff Sugarman (past president) and Francesca Manfredi(secretary). They are joined on the SCMA board of directors by Drs. Peter Brett,Brad Drexler, Catherine Gutfreund, Rebecca Katz, Leonard Klay, Marshall Kubota,Clinton Lane, Anthony Lim, Mary Maddux-González, Rachel Mayorga, Mark Netherda,Robert Nied, Richard Powers, Phyllis Senter, Lynn Silver-Chalfin, Jan Sonander,Peter Sybert and Francisco Trilla, as well as two medical students: JasmineHudnall and Assunta Ritieni. SCMA donates book proceeds to residency program SCMA has donated more than $1,000 in proceeds from sales of “The Santa RosaReader” to the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. The book, an anthology ofessays and articles by longtime residency faculty member Dr. Rick Flinders, waspublished by SCMA in May and is now available in both paperback and eBookformats. “The selection of writings for this book spans over 40 years,” writesFlinders in the introduction. “While the book traces the local story of theSanta Rosa Family Medicine Residency, it also tells the larger story of familymedicine. … [The] essays, editorials and reviews … provide temporal landmarks inthe history of our specialty. Mostly they offer glimpses into the extraordinaryprocess of training, teaching and becoming family physicians.” A review of the book by residency graduate Dr. Scott Eberle can be found inthe current issue of Sonoma Medicine .To purchase the $9.95 paperback edition, visit your local bookstore or orderdirectly from SCMA by clicking the link below. Paperback and eBook editions arealso available from Amazon , Barnes & Noble and other online retailers. All proceeds from book sales aredonated to the family medicine residency. Santa Rosa Reader order form Nominations needed for SCMA awards SCMA is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Contribution and Recognitionof Achievement awards, to be presented at the medical association’s annualdinner this fall. Nominations are needed by Sept. 17 for all four awards listedbelow: Outstanding Contribution to the Community . Presented to an SCMA member whose work has benefited the community. Outstanding Contribution to Local Medicine . Presented to an SCMA member who has improved local medical care. Outstanding Contribution to SCMA . Presented to an SCMA member who has served the medical association beyond the call of duty. Recognition of Achievement . Presented to a nonphysician who has helped advance local medicine. For a list of past award recipients and a nomination form, click on the linkbelow. Nominations can be submitted to SCMA by fax, email or regular mail. SCMA Awards nomination form SCMA and Alliance award $31,000 in medical scholarshipsto local students A dozen local students have received a total of $31,000 in scholarships fromSCMA and the SCMA Alliance joint Health Careers Scholarship Committee to studymedicine at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Therecipients include two high school students and 10 students who are alreadyenrolled in undergraduate or graduate medical programs. The awards range from$1,000 each for the high school students to $5,000 for students enrolled ingraduate programs. In addition to proceeds from the SCMA Alliance annual holiday greeting card,the scholarship fund has received generous grants from the Pacific Foundationfor Medical Care for the past three years but is no longer eligible to apply. Ifyou know of any other grant opportunities, please contact Virginia Merwin at email@example.com . Thescholarship fund has been in existence since 1971 and has awarded scholarshipsto more than 750 students, several of whom are now practicing medicine in SonomaCounty. Sonoma Medicine wins international award Sonoma Medicine has won an Excellence award in an international publicationscompetition sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication, the world’slargest organization of technical writers. The magazine was entered into theinternational competition after winning top honors in the Northern Californiaregion. Only two dozen publications from around the world earned an Excellence award,the competition’s second-highest honor. Sonoma Medicine was the only medicalmagazine to receive the award. Other honorees included publications by NASA,Microsoft and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Health Information Exchange conference set for RohnertPark The annual Health Information Exchange (HIE) conference cosponsored by SCMAwill be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park on July 19 and 20. Titled“Connecting California to Improve Patient Care,” the conference will focus onpractical solutions for securely sharing electronic clinical information betweenunaffiliated health care facilities, such as outpatient practices, hospitals,laboratories, imaging centers, long-term care, home health and public health.Conference attendees will learn best practices in clinical informatics, qualityanalytics and HIE services. To register, visit www.redwoodmednet.org . Attendees can register for either one or two days. Aseparate Interoperability Exhibition will be held in conjunction with theconference. Top stories from CMA Alert Here are the top stories from the latest CMA Alert, the California MedicalAssociation’s biweekly email newsletter. For a free subscription, visit www.cmanet.org/cma-alert . Coalition sues Aetna to stop threats and retaliation Court refuses to require physician supervision of nurse anesthetists CMS proposes Medicare fee increases for primary care, SGR fight set for fall CMA releases synopsis of Supreme Court health reform ruling Six new California ACOs announced PEOPLE Former SCMA President Dr. Catherine Gutfreund, a family physician at KaiserSanta Rosa, has been elected to the board of trustees for the California MedicalAssociation. She will serve a three-year term as a representative of the VeryLarge Group Practice Forum. Shawn Devlin and Lindsay Mazur have received awards from the SCMA Alliancefor their work with the Give a Gift program, which provides Christmas presentsto foster children. The two have raised more than $150,000 for the program since2003. The gifts provided range from toys for younger children to laptopcomputers for teenagers who are bound to college. MEDICAL FACILITIES The American College of Radiology has designated Kaiser Santa Rosa as aBreast Imaging Center of Excellence. The designation means that the Center hasachieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications,facility equipment, quality control and quality assurance. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital ranks third best in the United States fortreating heart attack patients and reducing readmissions, according to datacompiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and published inBecker’s Hospital Review. In addition, the hospital was recently named one ofthe safest in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit run byemployers and other large purchasers of health benefits. A dozen top medical school graduates have been accepted into the Santa RosaFamily Medicine Residency class of 2015. The new residents, nine women and threemen drawn from a field of more than 600 applicants, come from premier medicalschools, including the University of Chicago, Columbia, Yale and UCSF. They areall distinguished by academic achievement and community service. RESOURCES A CMA webinar on preparing for a Medicare and/or Medi-Cal audit runs from12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on July 18. To register, visit www.cmanet.org. The seminar isfree for CMA members and their staff; cost for nonmembers is $99 per person. CalHIPSO, a nonprofit that provides assistance with electronic medicalrecords, is offering $150 or $250 stipends to physicians or office managers whoattend one of its data analytics focus groups. The goal of the focus groups isto gain an understanding of the challenges clinical and operational leaders facein making timely, accurate operations and business decisions. The focus groupsinclude an in-person session in Oakland on July 31 ($250 stipend), as well aswebinars on July 31 and Aug. 2 ($150 stipend). To register, visit www.calhipso.org . SCMA members can use the free DocBookMD mobile app to send HIPAA-compliantmessages to their colleagues throughout the North Bay. The new, regional versionincludes medical society members in Marin, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lakecounties. For more details, visit www.DocBookMD.com. DocBookMD is offered at nocharge to SCMA members thanks to the sponsorship of NORCAL Mutual. CLASSIFIEDS Office space Small suite for lease. Reception, 3 rooms, Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. ContactConnie, 707-525-0211. SCMA members get free classifieds! SCMA members can place free classified ads in News Briefs or Sonoma Medicine.Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place aclassified ad, contact Erika Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-548-6491. ABOUT SCMA The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association,supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of thecommunity. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California MedicalAssociation and the American Medical Association.