Anne Zink

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    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:MD
    • Organization:Mat-Su Emergency Physicians and ACEP
    • Area of Expertise:Emergency Medicine
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Emergency Medicine
      Summary of expertise:
      Dedicated, proven, and level-headed emergency physician and physician leader committed to excellent patient care. Strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration, and build system efficiencies that put the patient first.
      Books/articles published:
      Zink, Anne. Culling our Collective Wisdom to Improve Alaska Health Care. Anchorage Daily News. March 19, 2019. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2019/03/20/culling-our-collective-wisdom-to-improve-alaska-health-care

      Zink, Anne. Redefining quality through a patient-centered approach. Kevin MD. December 14, 2018. https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/12/redefining-quality-through-a-patient-centered-approach.html

      Zink, Anne. Mental health patients, with nowhere else to go, are overwhelming emergency departments. STAT News. October 18, 2018. https://www.statnews.com/2018/10/18/mental-health-care-emergency-departments

      Zink, Anne. ER doctors: We need to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Anchorage Daily News. June 20, 2018. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2018/06/20/er-doctors-we-need-to-protect-patients-from-surprise-medical-bills

      Zink, Anne. Addressing the opioid crisis. Medical Economics. May 31, 2018. https://www.medicaleconomics.com/business/addressing-opioid-crisis

      Zink, Anne. Addressing the health care system flaws that feed the opioid crisis. Kevin MD. May 8, 2018. https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/05/addressing-the-health-care-system-flaws-that-feed-the-opioid-crisis.html

      Zink, Anne. The emergency department: Finding hope in the place where public policy fails. Becker’s Healthcare. February 1, 2018. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/the-emergency-department-finding-hope-in-the-place-where-public-policy-fails.html

      Awards/associations/memberships:
      Awards and Fellowships:

      NATIONAL COUNCIL TEAMWORK AWARD. American College of Emergency Physicians. 2019
      National award recognizing collaborative work done to integrate patients of the Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs and Indian Health Services into local, state and national efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, improve care coordination and control health care cost.

      NATIONAL POLICY PIONEER AWARD. American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). 2018
      National award recognizing early and mid-career members who have made outstanding contributions ACEP’s health policy and advocacy initiatives for work on health care transformation, cost of care and protection of emergency services.

      ALASKA HEALTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Alaska Public Health Association. 2018
      Recognizes individual contribution to the health of Alaskans for work done in care coordination, emergency department information exchange and addressing the opioid epidemic in Alaska.

      LONGENBAUGH MEMORIAL AWARD. Alaska State EMS. 2017
      Honors a physician who exemplifies leadership and dedication to EMS systems and has significantly promoted the Alaska EMS system for work done on care coordination and systems protocols.

      ALASKA FRIENDS OF NURSING NOMINEE. 2012

      OUTSTANDING RESIDENT AWARD. University of Utah. 2009

      AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP (FACEP). 2013 - PRESENT
      Honors members who made special contributions to the College and the specialty of emergency medicine.

      THOMAS J. WATSON FELLOW. 2000 - 2001
      A one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States that included work and study in Nepal, Tibet, Antarctica, Chile, Bolivia, Namibia and Botswana exploring the impact of remote tourism and globalization on culture and environment.

      MARSHALL FELLOW. 1999 - 2000
      A year-long fellowship as an undergraduate creating a chemistry program highlighting an interdisciplinary approach to learning chemistry through art.


      BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
      MAT-SU REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 2012 - PRESENT (with stand-in for July 2018- July 2019)
      Serve on Board of Trustees to provide quality oversight to Mat-Su Regional Hospital.

      ALASKA STATE TRAUMA COMMITTEE. 2013 - PRESENT
      Provide oversight for Alaska’s trauma programs and served on the Adult and Pediatric Head Injury Guidelines Committee resulting in the Alaska State Head Injury Guidelines.

      ALASKA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (AK ACEP)
      Board member: 2019 - PRESENT
      ACEP Immediate Past President: 2017 - 2019
      ACEP President: 2015 - 2017
      President Elect: 2011 - 2015
      Secretary: 2010 - 2011
      State Council Representative: 2011 - 2017

      Alaska ACEP is a not-for-profit organization representing emergency physicians across the state of Alaska. During this time, sought to unify emergency medicine groups in the state, improve systems of care, improve quality of care, enhanced relationships with other health care providers, and decrease the cost of care with the focus of patient health. Highlights of this time include:
      Establish “7 best practices” for the emergency department including drafting, testifying and helping to pass legislation (2016’s SB 74 - Medicaid Redesign Bill), selecting and implementing IT systems to connect all emergency departments in the state, creating Statewide Opioid Guidelines, and care coordination programs.
      Started statewide Journal Club to unify care practice around given topics.
      Work with the state, insurance commissioner, and patients on the 80th percentile ruling, patient protection, and cost of care.
      State work on Violence in the Workplace including the passage of legislation.
      Begin and maintain a medical direction conference bringing leaders from around the state in a yearly fall conference to improve care across Alaska.

      ALASKA ED COORDINATION PROJECT (EDCP). 2016 - PRESENT
      Serve on the steering board for ASHNA (Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association) committee to improve statewide care coordination including implementation of language as a part of Medicaid redesigned in Alaska SB 74.

      COLLECTIVE MEDICAL CLINICAL ADVISORY BOARD. 2018 - PRESENT
      Co-director of the clinical advisory board made up of physicians and insurance providers, states officials and health maintenance organizations to provide clinical guidance to the technology company, Collective Medical to connects hospitals across the country for real-time information exchange.

      ALASKA HEALTH CARE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT. 2017 - PRESENT
      Physician representative on a statewide effort at improving health and healthcare in Alaska.

      AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP) - EM Practice Committee. 2015 - PRESENT
      National Committee to create and review guidelines regarding the practice of emergency medicine. Current lead on a project to create a white paper and tool kit for emergency departments caring for patients with behavioral health needs.

      AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP). State Legislation Committee. 2017 - PRESENT
      National Committee to provide support and resources to individual chapters and national office regarding ongoing state legislative issues that affect emergency care.

      AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP). National Steering Committee. 2015 - 2017
      Provide counsel to the speaker and vice speaker, provide leadership to councilors, coordinate the activities of the council meetings, and develop policies, procedures, and resolutions as requested

      DENALI NATIONAL PARK ASSISTANT MEDICAL DIRECTOR. 2014 - PRESENT.
      Back up for the medical director. Help coordinated education with the rangers and evacuations.

      MAT-SU OPIOID TASK FORCE. 2017 - PRESENT
      Member of task force and presenter or numerous high school presentations on the risk of opioids.

      CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT). 2016 - PRESENT
      Member of committee started in 2016 in the Mat-Su area that includes law enforcement, opioid task force, schools, care coordination programs and others to better address mental health crisis in the Mat-Su Valley.

      COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS (CHS). EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TASK FORCE. 2013 - 2017
      Serve on leadership board the meets to advice CHS on emergency department related issues.

      COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS (CHS). MedHost TIER 1 PHYSICIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 2016 - 2018.
      Advisory board for electronic medical records for the CHS system

      Memberships:
      American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). 2006 – PRESENT
      Alaska ACEP. 2009 - PRESENT
      Alaska Medical Association (ASMA). 2014 - PRESENT
      Utah ACEP. 2006 - 2010
      American Medical Association (AMA). 2006 - PRESENT
      American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). 2006 - 2010
      Emergency Medicine Resident Association (EMRA). 2006 - 2010

      Prior media experience:
      Other Media Experience:

      Mental Health Crisis in the Emergency Department. Radio Health Journal. April 2019. http://mediatracks.com/shows/RHJ_19-16.mp3

      AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. EHR Intelligence. July 11, 2018. https://ehrintelligence.com/news/ak-hospitals-connect-to-state-prescription-drug-monitoring-program

      “Connection Between Alaska State PDMP and Collective Medical Goes Live for Hospitals Across the State” Business Wire. July 10, 2018. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180710005123/en/Connection-Alaska-State-PDMP-Collective-Medical-Live

      “We had a nurse almost strangled with IV tubing’ Opioid crackdown, mental health crises aggravate violence in ERs.” By Arthur Allen, Victoria Colliver and Dan Goldberg. July 7, 2018. Politico. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/07/emergency-room-violence-opioid-crackdown-700816

      “Mat-Su Regional reduces opioids in ER by more than 60 percent.” KTVA. June 2, 2018. https://www.ktva.com/story/38337650/mat-su-regional-reduces-opioids-in-er-by-more-than-60

      “Emergency Medicine in Alaska.” ACEP Frontline with Ryan Stanton, MD. February 7, 2018. Podcast. https://radiopublic.com/acep-frontline-emergency-medicin-6pYl71/ep/s1!22b64

      “I am Dr. Anne Zink, Medical Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM” Academic Life in Emergency Medicine August 20, 2017. https://www.aliem.com/2017/08/anne-zink-healthy-in-em/

      “Curbing unnecessary ER use.” Alaska Pubic Media / NPR. March 18, 2016. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/03/18/curbing-unnecessary-er-use

      Educational background:
      EMERGENCY MEDICINE RESIDENCY: University of Utah. 2006 - 2009
      Training involved: University of Utah, Level I Trauma Center, Burn and Stroke Center, Intermountain Medical Center, Level I Trauma and Stroke Center, Primary Children’s: Level I Trauma Center and five state referral center including the VA Medical Center.
 Reviewed and rewrote part of the resident curriculum
      Resident Steering committee
      Resident member of team restructuring the emergency department flow

      Medical School: Stanford University. Medical Degree (MD) 2002 - 2006
      Teaching assistant for Introduction to Immunology and Human Health and Disease
      Coordinator for Fall Forum for Community Medical Research and Service at Stanford
      Education Coordinator and a regular volunteer at Arbor Free Health Clinic

      College: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA. 1996 - 2000
      Major: Chemistry with honors / Minor: Fine Arts, Printmaking
      Graduated: Magna Cum Laude
      Co-founder and Co-captain of a varsity crew team

      High School: Smoky Hill School, Aurora CO. 1992 - 1996
      International Baccalaureate Graduate
      World Affairs State Champion
      References:
      Upon request
      Interests:
      Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health Issues, Boarding, Care Coordination, Systems Reform.

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