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Q&A with Dr. Daniel Mitchell

Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | February 15, 2019
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Patient being treated
HCB News: Are you incorporating AI into your current radiology work?
DM: There are some niche applications that I’m pretty excited about. When we’re doing a CT for lung cancer screening, for instance, we have CAD that helps find tiny lung nodules, which is helpful, but it’s rare for it to find a nodule that I wouldn’t find myself. It’s nice to have the backup though. What I find particularly beneficial that it’s helping me to see how the nodules might be changing over time, since it measures the nodules and measures exactly the same way from year to year in a more precise manner than I could easily do. It gives me assurance that the nodule measurement is accurate. We also have CAD in some of our MRI and mammography.

Emergency department registration
HCB News: What is Rutland Regional best known for?
DM: I have to tell you, if I’m out in the community, I often hear people say they have confidence in the care we provide. Invariably, if I’m chatting with a patient before a procedure I’ll find there’s a connection. My wife is a native Rutlander, so I’ll hear “Oh, hey I know your wife’s family. I went to school with her uncle.” It’s a small town, there’s always a connection if you just take a moment to look. And there’s not a person in this community that doesn’t know several people who work at the hospital. So everyone regards it as “our hospital.” They see it as their hospital, but also see us staying on top of things with technology and care.

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CEO and President Claudio Fort with staff
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Location: Rutland, Vermont
Year founded: 1896
Number of beds: 144
Number of employees: 1,734
President and CEO: Claudio Fort

Noteworthy distinctions: Rutland Regional Medical Center is Vermont’s biggest community hospital and the state’s second largest. They have 37 specialty clinics, and 277 medical staff treating over 250,000 patients annually. For the second year in a row, RRMC is the only hospital in Vermont to be named a “Best Regional Hospital” by US News & World Report for 2018-2019. They were also recognized by Healthgrades as among the top 10 percent in the nation, and the only hospital in Vermont for joint replacement and 5-star recipients for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the sixth consecutive time, Rutland Regional was one of 855 hospitals out of 2600, and the only one in Vermont, to receive an “A” rating in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, and was also awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award.

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