Dr. Sara Castellanos Elected Chief of HRMC Medical Staff
January 17, 2017
Dr. Sara Castellanos, HRMC Chief of Staff; Dr. Jesse Van Heukelom, HRMC Vice Chief of Staff; Dr. Alese Fox, HRMC Medical Staff Secretary-Treasurer
HURON, SD – The Huron Regional Medical Center Medical Staff recently elected new officers, according to Deb Kuhler, board chair for HRMC.
Dr. Sara Castellanos, a board-certified OB/GYN with Women’s Wellness Center, was elected Chief of Staff, Dr. Jesse Van Heukelom, a board-certified pediatrician with the HRMC Physicians Clinic, is the new Vice Chief of Staff, and Dr. Alese Fox, a board-certified family medicine with obstetrics physician at New Life Family, was elected Secretary-Treasurer. All three officers were elected for a two-year term, expiring January 1, 2019.
Physicians and other healthcare providers, such as dentists, mental health professionals, certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who treat patients and perform services at HRMC must apply for privileges. As independent practitioners, their performance and privileges are reviewed every two years to ensure compliance with the highest standards in patient care and safety, as well as state and federal regulations. The medical staff and officers are responsible for recommending privileges to the HRMC board of directors.
As chief of staff, Dr. Castellanos serves as the chief administrative officer of the medical staff and is responsible for the enforcement of the medical staff bylaws and rules and regulations and for the staff's compliance with procedural safeguards. The chief of staff also appoints committee members and a chair for all medical staff committees, appoints hospital department medical directors and presides over medical staff and executive committee meetings.
In her new role, Dr. Castellanos will serve as a nonvoting medical staff representative to the HRMC board of directors, representing the views, policies, needs and grievances of the medical staff to the board.
Dr. Castellanos succeeds former Chief of Staff Dr. William Miner, internal medicine physician at Tschetter and Hohm Clinic. Dr. Van Heukelom succeeds Dr. Castellanos as former Vice Chief of Staff and Dr. Fox fills the Secretary-Treasurer role, which has been vacant since November.
More information about HRMC and the medical staff is available online at www.huronregional.org/find-a-doc.
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