Fernald Medical Monitoring Program
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Staff Information

Robert G. Wones MD
Medical Director
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

Dr. Robert G. Wones is the Project and Medical Director for the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program (FMMP). He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Wones has directed the FMMP since 1990 when he developed the initial design of the Program. His responsibilities include monitoring the continued progress of the program, planning for future program needs, research development, and reporting to the supervising federal judge and trustees.

Jenny Buckholz RN, MSN
Program Coordinator
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

Jenny Buckholz RN, MSN is the Program Coordinator for the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program. She has been with the Program since February, 1999. Ms. Buckholz has over 33 years of diverse clinical, educational, and managerial experience in emergency, ambulatory, inpatient, and trauma care. She has her Masters in Community Health Nursing. Her responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program. She coordinates services to provide quality care to participants in the Program and follows up on any issues that do not meet the Program's standards. Ms. Buckholz works with Dr. Robert Wones and Dr. Susan Pinney in planning and implementing activities to meet the Program goals.

Susan Pinney, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health
UC College of Medicine

Dr. Susan Pinney is an epidemiologist who works closely with the staff of the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program. Her Primary responsibility is to ensure that all of the information collected about program participants is accurate and in the format necessary to conduct research. To accomplish that aim, Dr. Pinney writes questionnaire items, reviews the design of data collection forms, collaborates on the design of the computer database, and performs quality assurance on the data collected by the program. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, Dr. Pinney conducts research studies on the health effects of environmental exposures to human populations, including studies of Fernald community residents and Fernald workers.

Administrative Office Staff
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

The administrative office for the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program is located in the Fairfield Executive Building at 6120 S. Gilmore Rd., Suite 203, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. All records and radiology films done through the FMMP are maintained in the administrative office. The FMMP administrative staff includes medical secretaries, medical record coders, and data entry personnel who have expertise in the management of records keeping. The administrative staff supports the clinical area with the records and films needed for the FMMP examinations and testing. Responsibilities of the administrative staff are to review, code, computer enter, and file all FMMP records and films. This process forms the basis for subsequent epidemiological studies envisioned in the Fernald Settlement.

Clinical Office Staff
Mercy Hospital
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

The clinical office for the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program is located in the Medical Arts Building at 2960 Mack Rd., Suite 211, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. The physical examinations for the FMMP are done at this location. The FMMP clinical staff includes registered nurses, medical assistants, transporters, and clerical staff. Responsibilities of the staff include scheduling appointments for FMMP physical examinations, screening mammograms and chest x-rays at Mercy Hospital; assisting participants during the physical examination and testing; and escorting participants to radiology services in the hospital. The clinical staff will obtain updated information on the health status of Program participants. As the Program becomes aware of changes in the health status of a participant, the clinical staff may request permission to obtain appropriate medical records (such as biopsy reports, hospital discharge summaries, or reports of CT scans) by having the participant sign a "release of information" consent. This information will form the basis for subsequent epidemiological studies envisioned in the Fernald Settlement.

Trudy MacDonald RN, MSN
Staff Research Nurse
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

Trudy MacDonald RN, MSN has 32 years of experience in emergency, critical care and clinic nursing. She joined the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program in September 1999. Her primary responsibilities are reviewing laboratory and physical examination findings that are included in the letter from the FMMP physician. Trudy will follow up with participants for any test results of concern and with the participant's permission will send the results to their primary care physician. An important part of Trudy's responsibilities is to answer participants' questions regarding the Program, reported findings and recommendations in the examining physician's letter. She may also notify participants regarding the need to follow up on chest x-ray and mammogram reports of concern. Trudy also works with Dr. Susan Pinney in reviewing data for research studies on environmental exposures in the Fernald community residents.

Brenda Brastauskas RN, MBA
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

Brenda Brastauskas, RN, MBA has 20 years of experience in critical care and public health nursing. She joined the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program in January 1998. Her responsibilities are reviewing physical examination and laboratory findings. These results are included in the letter from the FMMP physician. Brenda will also follow up with participants for lab and/or urine test results of concern. With permission of the participant, Brenda will send results to their Primary Care Physician.

Sandy Sahnd RN, MS
Clinical Nurse Coodinator
Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

Sandy Sahnd RN, MS has over 38 years of experience in emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory nursing. She joined the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program in 1991. Sandy is responsible for the participant follow-up and quality review part of the Program. She works with Maureen Bosken RN and Dee Chavez RN, BSN in contacting participants by phone to follow up on any concerns that were identified during the FMMP physical examination, lab or radiology testing, or reported by the participant on their annual questionnaire. Sandy's follow up also includes participant notification of chest x-ray and mammogram results that may need further evaluation. Because it is important to have updated information on the health status of program participants, as the program becomes aware of changes in the health status of a participant, Sandy may request permission to obtain appropriate medical records (such as biopsy reports, hospital discharge summaries, or reports of CT scans). With the participants' permission, the program will send a "Release of Information" consent to be signed and returned. The information will form the basis for subsequent epidemiological studies envisioned in the Fernald Settlement.

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