Ochsner one of 35 medical centers nationwide selected for national initiative

Ochsner one of 35 medical centers nationwide selected for national initiative
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POSTED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 11:04pm

 Ochsner Clinic Foundation is one of 35 medical centers nationwide selected to participate in National Initiative IV: Achieving Mastery of CLER, sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership organization based in Chicago, IL.

Ochsner’s selection was based upon its demonstrated leadership in using medical education as a key driver to improve the quality of patient care and its strong commitment to mastering the new Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) process required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The AIAMC National Initiative is a national and multi-institutional effort that specifically focuses on aligning medical education with hospital quality and safety strategies.

“Ochsner Medical Center is proud to have been selected as a participant in the AIAMC National Initiative IV,” said Ronald Amedee, MD, Ochsner’s Designated Institutional Official and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. “Ochsner has been a participant in each of the three previous National Initiatives dating back to the first that launched in fall 2007. Through these 18-month-long initiatives, we have rapidly learned to value the role that residents play in advancing common institutional goals aligned around quality patient care and safety.”

Each year, 341 residents train at Ochsner.

For its National Initiative IV project, Ochsner will focus on improving transitions of care: the critical process of transitioning patients from one care provider to another, from one department to another, and from one shift to another. Ochsner’s multidisciplinary approach will not only enhance the training and learning opportunities of its medical faculty, but will also engage the next generation of physicians in an important quality and patient safety initiative. A leadership team from Ochsner will collaborate with select hospitals across the United States through attendance at four onsite meetings, as well as participation in monthly conference calls and webinars during the 18-month duration of the National Initiative.

The collaborative structure of the National Initiative process helps to ensure success. “Through its previous National Initiative projects, Ochsner has had the unique experience of instituting and measuring outcomes in quality improvement across multiple programs and throughout our healthcare system,” Dr. Amedee explained. “These improvements have occurred in a much more expedited and effective manner than would have been otherwise possible without participation in the National Initiatives.”

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