Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dr. Goldberg & the Syracuse Healthcare Quality Forum

April 22 will mark the first time four hospital medical staffs will co-host the Syracuse Healthcare Quality Forum.

For Dr. Fred Goldberg this will be the eighth time he has produced such an educational (and inspirational) panel of national experts in health care quality.

Fred is the VP for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Community General Hospital. When he joined Community in mid-2007, he brought with him a passion for quality improvement – and the idea that Syracuse hospitals should cooperate in educating and motivating ourselves in quality improvement.

Dr. Goldberg previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, where he organized its first quality forum in October 2002. That became an annual tradition in the Utica area. When Fred proposed such a forum here, the medical directors at other hospitals enthusiastically supported the idea. Together they planned the Aprill 22nd event, that is being supported with funds from the medical staffs at Community, Crouse, St. Joseph's, and University hospitals.

The Syracuse Healthcare Quality Forum is free, and registration is on-line. The line-up of quality experts is first rate:

Tamra E. Merryman, RN, MSN, FACHE, Chief Quality Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will speak on “Transformation of Care at the Bedside.”

Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Institute of Medicine. His topic: “Patient Safety and Quality, the Unfinished Agenda.”

David Nash, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Policy Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, will discuss “Leadership for Quality and Safety.”

James P. Bagian, MD, PE,Human Factors and Patient Safety Expert/Veteran NASA Astronaut. His presentation is entitled, “Getting Stellar Clinical Results: It’s Not Rocket Science.”

The Syracuse Healthcare Quality Forum will be presented from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m., April 22, at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at OnCenter in downtown Syracuse. It is intended for those in the caring professions and for health care leaders.

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