Alvarez named executive medical director for Performance Excellence

Ronald Alvarez, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named executive medical director for Performance Excellence for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention (QSRP), serving as a physician leader for quality and safety measures.

Patient complaints can identify surgeons with higher rates of bad surgical outcomes: study

Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in collaboration with six other major academic health systems.

Medical professionals can change their behavior: study

Disrespectful and unsafe behavior by physicians and advanced practice medical professionals can undermine health care teams, but research shows that often a simple conversation to make an individual aware of their action can promote self-reflection and change.


Health IT key to rapid response after recall of epinephrine device

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a recent urgent drug recall of a specific epinephrine auto-injection device elicited a quick communications strategy to protect affected patients seen by Vanderbilt Medical Group providers.

VUMC lands high marks on new hospital quality rating from U.S. News and World Report

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) achieved high marks on U.S. News and World Report’s newest rating for hospital quality.

Vanderbilt again leaps into top tier of national hospital quality list

Vanderbilt University Hospital has garnered a spring 2015 patient safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability.