Safety First and Redefined

Safety First - and Re-Defined
By John DiAngelo, Inspira Health President and CEO

At Inspira, we put patients first and safety first while focusing on the relationship among patients and caregivers to create the trust patients need to also feel safe. As a high reliability organization, we have maintained a sensitivity to our operations through enhanced situational awareness. Our Emergency Operations Center monitors the pulse of our response to COVID-19 and provides guidance to our clinical staff through subject matter experts and evaluation of best practice.

At Inspira, we now define a safe environment as:
  • Everyone entering our facilities is screened for temperature and a brief health status.
  • Every staff member entering our hospital wears a surgical mask at all times and practices social distancing. Everyone from the community must wear a face covering while inside our facility and we provide one if needed.
  • Our patients with COVID-19 symptoms are cared for in separate areas by their own care team. At our medical centers in Vineland and Mullica Hill, we have all private rooms.
  • We have 350 specialized isolations rooms, also known as negative pressure rooms, on our patient floors and Emergency Departments which provide an extra level of protection.
  • All of our staff wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for all patient encounters.
  • Patient Care areas are deep cleaned multiple times a day to minimize the chance of infection.
  • We have added 500 Microsoft Surface tablets that enables our staff and doctors to communicate with COVID-19 patients without entering their hospital rooms when it’s not necessary to do so. This minimizes exposure and conserves the use of PPE. Our patients can also use the tablets to stay in touch with their loved ones.

I hope you will join me on Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. for our Inspira Virtual Community Town Hall on ZOOM. We want to share more about the safe environment we provide at our facilities. We want to talk to hear from you and answer your questions.

Also joining me will be:
    Alka Kohli, MD, MBA executive vice president and Chief Population Health and Clinical Officer 
    James Bonner, DO, FACOEP, FACEP, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and Woodbury Satellite Emergency Department
    Matthew Warner, MD, CPE, FAAEM, chair of Emergency Medicine, Inspira Medical Centers Vineland and Elmer and Inspira Health Center Bridgeton.
To join us, click on the registration link on the front page of our website,

Inspira Welcomes New Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Charles Shieh, MD

I’m happy to welcome Charles Shieh, M.D. a fellowship trained, board-certified, cardiothoracic surgeon, our new medical director of Inspira Health’s Lung Cancer Program.

Shieh’s main clinical interest is lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, using minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery. Now, patients who require lung and esophagus surgery can get everything they need in their own community. He will also be active in clinical research, building lung-cancer-specific clinic programs, and training residents.

Most recently Shieh was an attending surgeon affiliated with the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, he was selected by his physician peers as a “Top Thoracic Surgeon” for the past two years. Joining Inspira is a return to the northeast for him. Shieh completed his general surgical training at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA and his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He and his wife and two young children plan to reside in South Jersey.

Shieh will practice at both the Vineland and Mullica Hill campuses and plans to open a lung nodule clinic. There, patients with a suspicious nodule can monitored, treated if necessary, and then followed to determine an ongoing plan of care.