N.C. Society of Anesthesiologists' President to Use Position to Improve Patient Care Quality

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The new president of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists (NCSA), Dr. Wesley B. Robinson, expects to be involved in more than just medicine in 2008 – he hopes to spend more time in Raleigh and get involved in making positive change. Robinson began his term leading the 620-member organization Jan. 1.

A board-certified anesthesiologist with Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, Robinson has already made numerous trips to Raleigh to meet with legislators in an attempt to lay a foundation for physicians to improve the quality of care provided to patients.

“Across the country, anesthesiologists are leading the effort to improve the quality of care that patients receive,” Robinson said. “In 2008, we are going to find and implement new ways to document and quantify the care delivered to patients.”

Robinson was the first physician to attend the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, a six-month course offered at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, designed for politically active citizens who are interested in either running for office or understanding the political system in more depth. He took the course to better understand how government affects the practice of medicine. Later, Robinson became the first physician to attend Leadership North Carolina.

“As president, I will continue to encourage physician involvement in the Legislative arena,” Robinson added. “Having a strong voice in Raleigh will be essential as doctors address issues such as cost, availability and quality of health care.”

As an active member of the NCSA since 1993, Robinson has served as the chairman of the legislative committee for the last seven years, and he held the position of secretary/treasurer last year. He also served as the chairman of the North Carolina Medical Society’s legislative committee.

Robinson has worked with the American Society of Anesthesiologists on how to build Political Action Committees (PACs), which are groups that work on legislative affairs affecting all specialties of medicine and try to build physician awareness of the importance of legislative affairs. Several PACs have now been formed in North Carolina.

About NCSA
Since its founding in 1949, the NCSA has been an organization of physicians committed to educational advancement, patient safety and the best possible medical care for the people of North Carolina. The Society has been an important voice in medicine at both the state and national levels, and it remains North Carolina’s strongest advocate for patient safety.

About Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants (SAC)
SAC is a 75+ physician practice providing anesthesia and pain management services throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to more than 140,000 patients each year at eight hospitals, seven surgery centers and 11 pain management clinics in the Carolinas and Virginia. On the Web at www.seanesthesiology.com.

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