For his contributions to clinical advancements and medical staff development at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, critical care specialist Peyman Otmishi, MD SGU ’02, FCCP, was honored with the 2014 Arthur B. Cecil Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Health Care Improvement.
Dr. Otmishi was selected from a field of six finalists to receive the award, which was presented to him by Arthur B. Cecil III, a former Cecil Award winner and the son of the man for whom it is named. Dr. Arthur B. Cecil Jr., who practiced as a surgeon at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton from 1950 to 1988, helped shape the hospital and the department into what they are today.
“I was very surprised to receive it,” said Dr. Otmishi. “There are many people here who go above and beyond the call of duty to help the community.”
“Dr. Otmishi has been instrumental in interdisciplinary work around quality initiatives to prevent infection in our intensive care units,” said Ruth Ann Jones, Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services, UM Shore Regional Health, in a press release. “He works collaboratively with the nursing staff and multidisciplinary team to ensure that our patients are receiving safe, high-quality, evidence-based medical care.”
Dr. Otmishi, an intensivist with University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care, directs the intensive care unit (ICU) for the university’s medical centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton. In 2014, he worked with several of the facility’s nurses to incorporate the ABCDE bundle, a protocol implemented to improve ventilator weaning, delirium, and mobility in critically ill patients.
In addition, he developed the E-Care telemedicine program that allows intensivists and critical care nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Center to oversee ICU patients at the university’s three eastern shore hospitals. Through state-of-the-art technology, the program provides real-time patient data around the clock to the E-Care intensivists who are monitoring the ICU patients in each facility. The program monitors each patient for acute changes in their physiological parameters and immediately prompts the ICU to assess the situation and act upon it if indicated. According to Dr. Otmishi, intensivists’ involvement has reduced the readmission rate for ICU patients significantly.
While he was honored with the Cecil Award for the first time, it marked the second time that he had been nominated. In 2009, Dr. Otmishi and a group of Shore Health doctors garnered second-place accolades after they implemented multidisciplinary rounds at the eastern shore facilities.
Dr. Otmishi’s educational background includes earning his Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University in 1996 and then a postgraduate study year at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). He then enrolled at SGU, an experience he credits for laying the path to his career in internal medicine. Upon being conferred his MD, Dr. Otmishi went on to residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, and then internal medicine and pulmonary, critical care, and sleep fellowships at the University of Louisville.
“SGU had very high standards, and we all had to work very hard,” Dr. Otmishi said. “Everybody pushed everybody else to do their best. The whole experience built a lot of character, and that was the key to why so many of us have gone to successful careers.”
With the new procedural implementations at Shore Health facilities, critical care patients can look forward to improved treatment and the increased likelihood of making a full recovery.
“One nurse, doctor, or therapist alone cannot take care of a patient in the ICU, or anywhere else in the hospital,” Dr. Otmishi said. “The key to better outcomes is communication, collaboration, and collegiality between all the disciplines providing patient care. Multidisciplinary rounding works in the ICU and can reduce the cost, admission period and unnecessary work-up for each patient. We as leaders in patient care should be very conscious about communication and collaboration with our physician colleagues as well as every other discipline involved with the patients during their hospital admission.”