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Watch the Latest VHIG Quarterly Lecture Series Online!

On Monday, September 19th, the Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group (VHIG) hosted its first organizational meeting of the school year with the 2nd session of the VHIG Quarterly Lecture Series introduced last spring. At this session, we were proud to have Jeffrey Hill, MS, speak to the students about patient safety from an aviation perspective. Mr….

Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized

Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 28: Julie Morath

Julianne Morath has three decades of executive leadership in healthcare and multiple faculty appointments.  Among her awards, Ms. Morath was the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety, awarded through The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum.  She is currently Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Director of…

Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, Speaker of the Week, Uncategorized, Volume 3

Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 21: Dr. Jacob Hathaway

Dr. Hathaway is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Hathaway completed a quality improvement fellowship at the VA where he currently spends much of his time seeing patients, leading quality improvement initiatives, and teaching current Quality Scholar Fellows. As a…

Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, Speaker of the Week, Uncategorized

VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 4

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Michele Luhm Vigor, School of Medicine, Class of 2014 1. The Joint Commission Names Names: Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2011- 9/13/11 This past week, the nation’s leading hospital accreditation board released their annual report on quality and safety:Improving America’s Hospitals. The reporting…

Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 3

Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 14: Michael A. Lapré, Drs., Ph.D.

Michael A. Lapré, Drs., Ph.D. E. Bronson Ingram Associate Professor of Operations Management Professor Michael A. Lapré is an internationally known expert on organizational learning curves. He is primarily interested in empirical research on improving organizational performance.  Lapré is an associate editor for Management Science (MS) and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management (POM). Professor Lapré joined the…

Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, Speaker of the Week

Speaker of The Week for August 31, 2011: Dr. Warren Sandeberg

As graduate school has returned to session, we are once again offering the Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group (VHIG) Digest. As you will notice, our Digest has undergone a transformation this year. Given the abundance of healthcare news related to quality improvement and patient safety, our organization felt it appropriate to increase the frequency of our…

Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Blog, Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized

VHIG Leadership and Projects Meeting, Feb. 17th

By Scott Hagan, VMS II VHIG hosted a successful gathering tonight at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Our event featured guest speaker Jason Hickok, MBA, RN, who is Vice President of Clinical Improvement for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Charged with coordinating the safety initiatives of the largest for-profit hospital chain in the…

Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, , ,

VHIG wins award from Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) for Quality Improvement Elective

Carol Callaway-Lane, Irving Ye, and Piotr Pilarski receive award from Duncan Neuhaser (right)
Last December, the Academy for Healthcare Improvement awarded VHIG for our work in creating the Fundamentals of Quality Improvement Elective, an interdisciplinary elective for management, medical, and nursing students to learn more about basic concepts in quality improvement and patient safety. We felt honored to receive the Duncan Neuhauser Award for Special Recognition for Excellence in a Student-Led Initiative. Click here for more details about our elective.

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, , , ,

Updates from the IHI National Forum, December 5-8, 2010

We recently returned from the IHI National Forum in Orlando, FL and have some great news to share: 1. We made the IHI Annual Report! There is a great spread with a photo of us and article about us in the report, which was under everyone’s seat at the National Forum’s first keynote address. See…

Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Blog, Our Blog and Digest, , ,