Quote from Cheryl DeMars, president and CEO of The Alliance
“Doctors, hospitals and clinics that commit to QualityPath are making significant changes in response to self-funded employers’ desire to guide their employees to high quality care at a fair price.
That means they are delivering the kind of high-value care that will help transform the health care marketplace from a focus on volume to a focus on value.”
Quote from Hospitals and Facilities Joining QualityPath for surgeries in 2017
Quote from Dr. Kenneth Klein, vice president of medical affairs, Beloit Health System
“At Beloit Health System, our focus is on quality, both in service and patient care. It is especially rewarding to our team and our organization to have met the stringent standards associated with the QualityPath designation. This program’s alignment with our focus on top quality, patient-centered care makes it a perfect fit for our staff, physicians and patients. Earning this distinction is a testament to the hard work of our doctors, nurses and staff – we are proud of them and the work they do each day.”
Quote from Dara Bartels, chief financial officer, Gundersen Health System
“Gundersen has long been recognized regionally and nationally for our commitment to high-quality, low-cost care and great patient experience. We are pleased to expand this commitment through QualityPath. As our providers continue to ensure the best possible outcomes in facilities built for private, comfortable, efficient care, this partnership allows patients to know up front what to expect and their role in successful treatment, with reduced financial impact and peace of mind. This is another step toward our continuous goal of improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve.
Quotes from Clinics Joining QualityPath for CT/MRI in 2017
Quote from Dr. Anna Maria Myklebust, board certified radiologist at Midwest Open MRI
“Early on in my medical career reliance upon a quality radiology process quickly became an obvious tenet of good, modern health care. My clinical experience demonstrated that many patients fear not only medical procedures but the answers revealed. Yet, at the heart of healing from a disease or injury, is understanding its nature. Radiology is integral to identifying the origin of many illnesses; therefore Midwest Open MRI is here to provide an environment where patients are able to participate in the imaging portion of the diagnosis with ease. As an outpatient site, rapport with our patients is paramount and part of our mission.”
Quote from Don Schreiner, CEO of OrthoIllinois
“The Alliance is a vital employer coalition partner in our ability to serve employers and employee customers. We share a mission of offering the highest quality care at the best dollar value. OrthoIllinois is proud to be the only Illinois provider to meet The Alliance’s exacting QualityPath quality standards for CTs and the only Rockford-area provider for MRIs.”
Quote from Rick Anderson, chairman and CEO, Smart Choice MRI
“Smart Choice MRI is proud to be selected to participate in the QualityPath program. People deserve high quality care for a fair, transparent price, and through QualityPath consumers will become aware of their options.”
Quote from Barb Thiermann, executive director, Turville Bay MRI and Radiation Oncology Center
“Turville Bay’s core mission is to provide quality patient care with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence. Our reputation for providing quality images to Madison area physicians is earned through a commitment to achieving excellent results while providing the utmost care for patients. Turville Bay has been a partner with the Alliance for more than 10 years. We are committed to continuing this partnership as a provider for the QualityPath initiative for MRI services.”
Information About Doctors with Designation Beginning Jan. 1, 2017
Dr. Leighton Johnson, Beloit Health System
Dr. Leighton Johnson led the building and launching of Beloit Health System’s Advanced Joint Care Center. Known for his interest in surgical techniques, Dr. Johnson champions the use of innovative procedures in orthopedic treatment. Dr. Johnson’s areas of interest include hip and knee replacement and general orthopedic procedures. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Johnson completed orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS.org) and is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS.org).
Dr. Ajmal Matloob, Beloit Health System
Dr. Ajmal Matloob works closely with his patients and believes that mutual respect, sincerity and a friendly attitude are the most important factors in a successful doctor-patient relationship. A program leader in orthopedic surgery at Beloit Health System since 1989, Dr. Matloob’s primary focus is on the patient. In his years of practice, he has helped many patients return to their lives and normal activity without pain. Dr. Matloob’s areas of interest include hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, carpal tunnel and general orthopedic procedures. Dr. Matloob is an Overseas Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Jonathan Swindle, Monroe Clinic
Dr. Jonathan Swindle, an experienced orthopedic surgeon for over seven years, has been an orthopedic surgeon on the Monroe Clinic Joint Replacement Center for Excellence team for over four years. Instrumental in bringing anterior approach hip replacement to the portfolio of orthopedic options at Monroe Clinic, Swindle also has proven success in knee and shoulder replacement as well foot and ankle repair, pediatric orthopedics and orthopedic trauma surgery. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he attended Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his orthopedic residency at Michigan State University and a fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.
Dr. Edward (Ted) Riley, Gundersen Health System
“Osteoarthritis in my hip was so bad that I was in pain all the time. Now, the hip is like new. I have full motion, and it doesn’t bother me at all. I wish I’d had surgery sooner.” This patient story is an example of the care Dr. Edward Riley can provide. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Riley specializes in knee, hip and shoulder replacement. After graduating from Mayo Medical School, Dr. Riley served in the United States Air Force four years. Returning home he completed his Orthopaedic residency at The University of California in Los Angeles. He has been at Gundersen Health System 19 years and has been the chairman of the Orthopaedic department the past seven years. His entire team is focused on providing excellent, compassionate care for all his patients.
Dr. Mark Topolski, Gundersen Health System
Dr. Mark Topolski specializes in adult reconstructive surgery, including total knee and total hip replacements. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and did his training at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Topolski combines the latest techniques and technology with compassion for his patients.
If you have a sprain, strain or tear, or if you’re dealing with chronic pain and want to get back to the activities you enjoy, visit gundersenhealth.org/physicians/Mark-Topolski.
Dr. Prem Rabindranauth, Gundersen Health System
Always working on the cutting edge in his field, Dr. Prem Rabindranauth, Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS), was one of the first in the region to learn and perform minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS-CABG). Since 2010, he has successfully performed hundreds of minimally invasive procedures. He now also teaches and lectures on the technique. His main focus is on achieving better patient outcomes using minimally invasive procedures including multi-vessel MICS-CABG and valve repair and replacement. He is also proficient in off-pump coronary bypass, complex aortic surgery including endovascular and hybrid approaches, video-assisted thorascopic surgery and ablation for atrial fibrillation. In addition, Dr. Rabindranauth can provide traditional open heart surgery – coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve procedures – minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS) CABG – on up to four vessels, hybrid MICS-CABG and valve repair. Learn more at gundersenhealth.org/physicians/Prem-Rabindranauth.
A versatile surgeon, Dr. Venki Paramesh, Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS), performs adult cardiac procedures such as heart valve repair/replacement, surgery for atrial fibrillation, aortic surgery and transmyocardial revascularization. He was pivotal in the heart transplant program at the University of Arizona prior to joining Gundersen. Other interests include complex aortic surgery including endovascular and hybrid approaches for aortic disease. Dr. Paramesh also performs a variety of thoracic or chest wall surgeries, including traditional open heart surgery – coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve procedures, including minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.