January/February 2007

Catholic Health Initiatives Presents Rapid Response Team Success at IHI National Forum


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Jeff Norton and Mary Osborne at the IHI conference.

Two members of Catholic Health Initiatives’ clinical services team presented the system’s approach to the implementation of rapid response teams at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 18th National Forum in Orlando, Fla., December 10. Mary Osborne, director of clinical performance improvement, and Jeff Norton, director of clinical services, were part of the faculty for a session called Learning from Rapid Response Teams. “The session was part of a learning lab presented by the recipients of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the implementation of rapid response teams,” said Norton. “Catholic Health Initiatives is definitely a leader in this work.” Rapid Response teams are summoned to assess patients who show signs of rapid decline.

John Anderson, MD, chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives, hosted a reception on December 11 for more than 40 representatives of market-based organizations who attended the National Forum. Don Berwick, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Rosemary Gibson, senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also attended. Gibson served as a keynote speaker for Catholic Health Initiatives’ National Leadership Conference in September 2006.

Also at IHI’s National Forum, Berwick announced the organization’s new 5 Million Lives Campaign to reduce incidents of medical harm in U.S. hospitals. The campaign, which builds on the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, promotes the adoption of 12 improvements in care that can save lives and reduce patient injuries. Six of the improvements were included in the 100,000 Lives Campaign, and six are new. The campaign’s goal is to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm during a 24-month period ending December 9, 2008.