Category On The Road

15
Oct

UC Davis Pre-Health “Love-In”

This is Dr. Rob Simmons and me on the gymnasium floor of the  13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference on their campus in suburban Sacramento, CA.  Rob is the Director of our fully accredited MPH program and he’s been a regular attendee at this annual jamboree.  He’s been encouraging me to more »

12
Oct

The Sunshine State

The healthcare system in the Sunshine State is always in the national news.  Governor Rick Scott, himself a former for-profit hospital executive, has been publically fighting with providers across his state for months.  The current struggle focuses on the Governor’s refusal to accept Medicaid funding from the federal government and his recent stand demanding that more »

8
Oct

A Beacon of Hope

Almost four years ago, two community hospitals, Elkhart and Memorial in South Bend, Indiana came together to create Beacon Health.  These historical rivals overcame their competitiveness with one another to refocus their energies on the community that they serve together.  Led by a long-serving CEO, Phillip Newbold, Beacon Health System now has a unified board more »

22
Sep

Leaders at the Lake

Have you ever been to Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN?  I first went there in 2005 and last week I made a return visit to give the closing plenary address at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Hospital Association.    I was asked to speak to the hundreds of leaders in attendance about the more »

22
Sep

Celebrating NCQA #25

Margaret (Peggy) O’Kane is a force to be reckoned with!  As the founding CEO of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Peggy hosted a 25th Anniversary Gala in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.  I was pleased to serve as host for a table filled with a team of Jefferson leaders responsible for the more »

31
Aug

Steamy Summer Saturday

The “real feel” temperature was easily over 102°F when I visited the Florida Medical Clinic on one of the last Saturdays of summer to speak at their  8th Annual Meeting.  The FMC is a well-established, 25-year-old multi-specialty group practice with over 200 physicians in 33 specialties serving patients in Tampa and the surrounding area.    As a more »

31
Jul

The Role of Specialty Societies in Population Health

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), headquartered in Heart House in central Washington, DC, is arguably one of the most important and  powerful subspecialty societies worldwide.  I appreciated being asked to  open their 2-day Population Health Retreat, which included other speakers from academia, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control more »

24
Jun

Governance Under Health Reform

Yes, that’s me wearing my Jefferson shirt, hiking in Park City, Utah.  I had just finished working with colleagues at the Northern Region of Intermountain Healthcare, a sprawling integrated delivery system, with headquarters in Salt Lake City. The Northern region of Intermountain is facing challenges that resonate with many other systems in their attempt to more »

16
Jun

The “Batting King” of Big Data

Have you read the great book, Moneyball or seen the movie starring Brad Pitt?  This photograph is not Brad Pitt, but it is Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, and the fellow who is featured in the hit movie.  Over  a dozen years ago, Billy Beane discovered that high-priced baseball players don’t more »

16
Jun

Mentoring for Quality and Safety

Can you believe this tabletop sign? This photo was taken at the 7th Annual AAMC-Integrating Quality (IQ) Meeting in Chicago, IL, which is the top inter-professional development conference for clinical leaders, educators, and trainees across the entire medical education spectrum.   It’s the official AAMC “get together” for students, teachers, and house officers, focused on improving more »

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