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Jewish Healthcare Foundation grant to bring pilot project to Pittsburgh

December 28, 2006

Under a $100,000 grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh will be the pilot site for introduction of a patient safety curriculum that experts at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the American Hospital Association's Center for Healthcare Governance plan to roll out nationwide.

The Kellogg School will partner with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) to launch the curriculum, which is modeled on one pioneered under the National Patient Safety Education Project in Australia.

The curriculum was developed in much the same way as Australia's, starting with a body of "core" knowledge that healthcare workers should have and was refined with the help of a Governing Council comprising a group of the nation's pioneers and thought leaders in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety. Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President of the Institute of Medicine, has served as chairman of the Governing Council.

"Australia's patient safety education project has been a model for advancing safety science disciplines that, by-and-large, have not been part of healthcare education in this country," said Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer both of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and PRHI.

Dr. Feinstein, who also has served on the patient safety education project's Governing Council, said, "This new curriculum provides grounding in these critical skills."

The Kellogg School is adopting a "train the trainer" method for disseminating the curriculum that is modeled on the Education for Physicians in End of Life Care Project (EPEC). EPEC is estimated to have reached more than 1 million clinicians in the decade since it began.

Like EPEC, the Patient Safety Education Project (PSEP) will deliver its curriculum through conferences targeted mainly at clinicians and others already serving in quality assurance capacities. Following the 2 ½-day conferences, these professionals will be equipped to serve as trainers for spreading the curriculum within their respective healthcare institutions.

Learning modules will each be introduced with videotapes depicting safety questions or incidents that could arise in any healthcare setting.

PRHI, which already offers a Toyota-based quality engineering curriculum called Perfecting Patient CareSM (PPC) for improving healthcare quality, was a natural local partner for the Kellogg grantees. In Pittsburgh, the new curriculum will be offered exclusively through PRHI's Perfecting Patient CareSM University as an adjunct to the core, four-day PPC curriculum.

The pilot launch of the PSEP in Pittsburgh is slated for the latter half of 2007.

Other organizational partners in Kellogg's PSEP are the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), a research affiliate of the American Hospital Association; and the Partnership for Patient Safety, a patient centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. The project will be administered out of the Buehler Center on Aging, Health and Society, a research and teaching center at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Individual project partners include: John R. Combes, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Healthcare Governance, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.; Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD, a professor of health industry management at the Kellogg School and Director of the Buehler Center on Aging; and Joel Shalowitz, MD, MBA, a Kellogg School professor and Director of the school's Health Industry Management program. Dr. Emanuel is principal investigator for PSEP and Dr. Shalowitz is co-investigator.

Governing Council, National Patient Safety Education Project

  1. James Battles, PhD, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  2. Larry Boress, President and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health
  3. Robert J. Borotkanics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  4. Troyen Brennan, MD, JD, MPH, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
  5. James Conway, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  6. F. Daniel Duffy, MD, Executive Vice President, American Board of Internal Medicine; The American Board of Medical Specialties
  7. Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
  8. Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Institute of Medicine
  9. Mary Foley, MS, RN, American Nurses Association; Partnership for Patient Safety
  10. Kerm Henriksen, PhD, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  11. David Leach, MD, Executive Director, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  12. Lucian Leape, MD, MPH, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
  13. Peter Leibold, JD, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Health Lawyers Association
  14. Lamar McGinnis, MD, Senior Medical Consultant, American Cancer Society
  15. Robin Osborn, MBA, Vice President and Director, The Commonwealth Fund
  16. Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Vice President, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  17. Diane Pinakiewicz, MBA, President, National Patient Safety Foundation
  18. William Sage, MD, JD, Professor, Columbia University Law School
  19. Maribeth Shannon, MS, Director, California HealthCare Foundation
  20. Tim Shaw, PhD, Director, Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education, University of Sydney
  21. Barry Silbaugh, MD, President, American College of Physician Executives
  22. David Stevens, MD, Director, American Association of Medical Colleges Institute for Improving Clinical Care
  23. Barry Straube, MD, Acting Chief Medical Officer and Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  24. John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians
  25. Reed Tuckson, MD, Senior Vice President, Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement, United Health Group
  26. Merrilyn Walton, PhD, Royal Prince Alfred & Concord Hospitals; Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney

For more information, contact Pamela Gaynor, Director of Communications and External Relations, at 412-594-2581 or gaynor@jhf.org.

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