The medical staff at Calvert Memorial Hospital has elected Dr. Varkey Mathew of Patuxent Cardiology Associates in Huntingtown as its new chief of staff. The board-certified cardiologist, who has been in private practice for 20 years, takes over from Dr. Barbara Estes, who has filled that role since 2010.
Dr. Mathew has chaired the departments of internal medicine and cardiology at CMH in addition to serving on the hospital’s board of directors for seven years. During that time, he served on key committees relating to quality care, planning and marketing and nominating.
The chief of staff is chairman of the medical executive committee and the general medical staff, oversees the physician credentialing process, is a member of the hospital board of directors, and communicates and represents the needs of the medical staff to the board and CEO. At present, there are 342 members on the medical staff at CMH, including active and consulting as well as telemedicine physicians and allied health professionals.
“My most important duty as chief of staff is to help our physicians improve the patient experience and outcomes,” said Dr. Mathew. “I believe the key is improving nursing and physician satisfaction which in turn will improve patient satisfaction and experience.”
He went on to add, “My role is to work with the hospital’s board and administration to effectively address any concerns from the community, the physicians and the nursing staff.”
Dr. Mathew described the level of medical expertise at Calvert Memorial as excellent. “It’s important to note that 95 percent of the active staff is board certified or board eligible.”
He said the hospital has also developed strategic clinical alliances with tertiary centers like Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Washington Hospital Center and the University of Maryland that has enhanced local access to specialized care.
Dr. Mathew pointed to the Center for Breast Care as one of the most significant additions in recent years. “On a daily basis, I hear from my patients and others in the community how well they were treated and how comfortable the staff made them feel,” he said.
“I want the community to know that our medical staff is working diligently to improve the quality of care at Calvert,” he added, “and that we care about the community.”