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Hospital Spotlight: Stewart Memorial Community Hospital

This week's hospital spotlight features Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and their implementation of a multidisciplinary team to streamline the patient care transition process. Cindy Carstens and Jennifer Snyder of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and Sheila Gregan of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative wrote a summary article describing the transitions process. 

The following is from the article "Stewart Memorial Community Hospital identified multiple gaps in communication as patients transitioned through the care continuum.  They discovered that patient information was over looked, not current, or not delivered to the key people who needed that information. In response, they formed a multidisciplinary team with representation from the hospitals and clinics with the goal of improving the care transition process."
 
Click this link to view the rest of the article!

New Choosing Wisely Website

The Choosing Wisely® Campaign is an initiative aimed to help physicians, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders to think and talk about overuse of healthcare services. Choosing Wisely promotes wise choices by clinicians to improve healthcare outcomes, promotes patient-centered care that avoids unnecessary and even harmful interventions, and reduces the rapidly-expanding costs of the healthcare system.

The new Choosing Wisely website was created in partnership between IHC and Consumer Reports. Patients and providers can use this new website to access up-to-date Iowa specific resources about key health topics and evidence based recommendations for Iowans.

For more information about Choosing Wisely and to view the new website, click this link!

Registration Now Open!

The IHC Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Learning Community will be held on November 18, 2014 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

This Learning Community will feature a presentation from Ellen McDermott, JD, from Outcome Engenuity in Plano, Texas on “A Just Culture: Building a Culture of Learning”.  Additional presentations will review topics related to physician engagement, patient and family engagement, and the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).  This Learning Community will also feature a patient and family engagement panel and an interactive "Ring of Knowledge" activity.  To view the Learning Community agenda for a complete list of speakers and presentations and for registration information, click this link!

If you have any questions about the conference or registration, please email Nancy Thompson.

Upcoming Events:

October 16, 2014: "Effective Management of Preeclampsia and Hypertensive Crisis" This is a PfP Education Series broadcast from VHA.  To view more information, please click this link to access the program brochure.

November 19 -20, 2014: "Transforming Safety and Health in the Heartland." This is the 13th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference. For more information about this event, please click this link

Partnership for Patients Events:
  • October 21, 2014 "LEAPT Cross-Pollination Event: Ready for National Spread"
  • October 22, 2014 "HAI Affinity Group Meeting"
  • October 27, 2014 "PFE Master Class: PFE and Mental Health"
  • October 28, 2014 "Pacing Event: ADE Celebration"
  • October 30, 2014 "Readmissions Affinity Group Meeting"

For more information about the PfP upcoming events, click this link.
 

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:

November 11, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email
cowane@ihconline.org


 

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