March/April 2008

Quality and Risk Management Conference Explores Trends

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Attendees at the Catholic Health Initiatives Quality and Risk Management Conference perused the exhibits.

Quality and Risk Management Conference Explores Trends
Catholic Health Initiatives’ Quality and Risk Management Conference, March 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas, explored new ways to create a culture of safety. Keynote speakers addressed national trends in consumerism, transparency and regulatory requirements, while breakout sessions presented leading practices in advancing quality and eliminating the potential for harm. “I would like to…thank you for allowing risk and quality to come together in a single conference,” commented Tom Mio, RPh, vice president of health services, LakeWood Health Center, Baudette, Minn. “It is so apparent that the two disciplines need each other, and I applaud Catholic Health Initiatives for the foresight to not only plan such a conference but also to finance attendance. The lessons learned and the networking experienced by all in attendance will allow for the rapid spread of knowledge throughout the system.”

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Anita Baker of St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Pierre, S.D., holds the hospital’s Core Measure Top Performer award for the Surgical Care Improvement Project. She is joined by Catholic Health Initiatives leaders (from left) Kathy Sanford, chief nursing officer; John Anderson, chief medical officer; and Mitch Melfi, chief risk officer.