March 2005

Record Attendance at Quality Conference

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At least one representative from each market-based organization attended Catholic Health Initiatives’ 2005 Quality Conference and JCAHO Hospital Update, setting a record of more than 200 attendees. The conference, held February 2—4 in San Antonio, Texas, began with an update from Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) surveyors Kenneth Dale Brown, MSN, RN, and Stephen Dorman, MD. They discussed changes in the survey process for 2005 and problematic standards, among other topics.

The second day was devoted to presentations by national staff and market-based leaders, who discussed engaging leaders in quality and patient safety; peer review; knowledge transfer; information technology and patient safety; and pharmacy.

The final day of the conference featured Sandra Murray, MA, of Corporate Transformation Concepts, who discussed the use of data to bring about measurable improvements in quality care. “This conference has evolved from a single focus on JCAHO preparedness to a comprehensive look at quality initiatives within Catholic Health Initiatives and the health care industry,” said John Anderson, MD, chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. “This year’s conference provided significant resources for quality initiatives throughout our system."