Hinsdale – Six physicians who treat patients at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals were recognized for outstanding dedication and service excellence. Nominated by hospital staff and chosen by the executive team, these physicians clearly demonstrate they are living the mission of Adventist Midwest Health in their personal and professional lives.
The honorees are:
- Compassion: Dr. Ahmed Elborno, a specialist in pain management and medical director of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Pain Center. He regularly earns very high patient satisfaction rates. Elborno engages in research and is an international speaker on pain management, but is also highly approachable, according to the staff. He conducts research and lectures on spinal cord stimulation for use in stopping tremors related to Parkinsons Disease.
- Integrity: Dr. Stephen Sloan, an internist and hospitalist who lives in La Grange. Sloan has a wide-spread reputation for communicating well with all members of the treatment team, including nurses, case managers and social workers. He was also recently recognized for working with emergency room physicians who referred patients for review. He has promoted best practice goals for patients, and for the hospital. “Dr. Sloan quickly develops a relationship with his patients, and family when available, to help in planning the course which will ultimately be best for the patient,” according to his nomination form. Sloan thanked the nursing staff for the award. “The staff is very receptive if I have an idea about improving patient care,” he said. “This is my community and my hospital, and I want the patients to feel they can come here for quality care. I would also like to thank all of my colleagues for working together as a team.”
- Stewardship: Dr. Fatima Jaffer, an internal medicine specialist and medical director of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care Center. She lives in Lombard. Jaffer has led the wound care center since it opened in 2008. Doctors at the center treat patients with wounds that do not heal properly because of the patients’ chronic conditions, such as diabetes. The center recently added two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, the latest in treatment technology, and moved into a larger location at the hospital. “It was my dream to have a hospital-based multi-disciplinary wound care center,” Jaffer said. She remains actively engaged in working with other physicians and the hospital to provide excellent care for patients and support for their families.
- Excellence: Dr. Edward Sherman, an infectious disease physician who lives in La Grange. He is chairman of the infection control committee, serves as a resource to staff in infection control, and supports research. “Dr. Sherman is always willing to go above and beyond in advising the best practice for infection prevention and does so cheerfully,” a staff member wrote on his nomination form. “This award acknowledges the time and energy I place in developing relationships with our patients,” Sherman said. “Establishing trust and rapport with my patients is paramount; I try to explain exactly what’s going to happen and what they can expect, which puts patients and their families at ease.”
- Inclusiveness: Dr. Dino Vallera, a pathologist who lives in Palos Park. He serves in many capacities to ensure quality patient care and care coordination. He is the Regional Medical Director for Adventist Lab Partners, and chairs the pathology departments at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals as well as Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and is a member of the medical executive committee, the oncology patient care committee, and the tumor board. He is committed to excellence in laboratory services and serves as a trusted and reliable support to staff. Vallera is known for fostering teamwork among clinicians and responding quickly to requests to help indigent patients. Vallera said he is “very humbled and honored to receive this award. It takes many different skills to take care of patients and our administration and lab team is very dedicated to quality patient care. I’m blessed to have great people to work with.”
- Compassion: Dr. James McMahon, a cardiologist who lives in Naperville. He is known for his listening skills and ability to put patients at ease. Hospital staff said McMahon quickly instills a sense of security in patients who face a diagnosis of heart disease. “When patients understand why we’re choosing a certain treatment, they can accept what is happening and work with their doctor,” McMahon said. “My philosophy relates to the Latin word for physician, which is teacher. Also, I treat all of my patients as though they were a member of my family.”
“All six of these physicians are highly respected by their patients, hospital staff and the community,” said Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rick Wright. “Their dedication to excellence is inspiring.”
Added David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital: “The care these physicians give to their patients and the way in which they inspire their colleagues and interact with all members of the staff help ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-312-7508