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Major grant to transform region’s clinical practices

Oct. 1, 2015—Vanderbilt University has received a contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for up to $28 million over four years to help more than 4,000 clinicians in the Southeast transform their clinical practices in ways that improve quality of patient care and hold down costs.

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New colorectal surgery protocol reduces length of hospital stay by 25 percent

May. 28, 2015—For colorectal surgery patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the introduction last summer of a new patient care protocol, which includes intensive follow-up by anesthesiologists in the hospital, has led to an average 25 percent reduction in hospital length of stay after surgery — from four days to three — and 90 percent reduction in the use of opioids to treat post-operative pain.

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VUMC’s e-prescription quality efforts lauded

May. 15, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named to receive a White Coat of Quality Award from Surescripts that recognizes the institution’s e-prescription quality efforts.

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New center to focus on ‘implementation science’ initiatives

Mar. 20, 2014—Implementation science is a new and growing field concerned with the transfer of research findings and medical evidence into routine health care.

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Neuro ICU lands national award for nursing quality

Feb. 27, 2014—The Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Hospital has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, one of the highest markers of nursing care.

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Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Feb. 20, 2014—A message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

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Slayton to direct VUMC Quality Improvement

Feb. 13, 2014—Jenny Slayton, R.N., MSN, has been appointed to the newly created role of executive director of Quality Improvement for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Otolaryngology lands performance excellence award

Dec. 12, 2013—The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) is awarding Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center’s Department of Otolaryngology with its Commitment Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program.

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Huizinga to lead VMG Quality and Patient Safety

May. 2, 2013—Mimi Huizinga, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created role of medical director for Vanderbilt Medical Group Adult Quality and Patient Safety, reporting to VMG Chief Medical Officer Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D. “I’m very pleased to welcome Mimi to this new role. We look forward to her contributions as...

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Morath to oversee quality efforts for California Hospital Association

Mar. 14, 2013—Having served since 2009 as Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s chief quality and safety officer, Julie Morath, MSN, is leaving to become senior vice president for the California Hospital Association, where she will have oversight for hospital and health system quality and safety strategy and alignment. She will also be appointed CEO of the new California Hospital Quality Institute.

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VUMC, Maury Regional land quality, performance awards

Dec. 6, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among nine recipients of the 2012 Achievement Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

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New teams set to pioneer quality, safety

Sep. 27, 2012—This year’s Vanderbilt Quality and Patient Safety Pioneer Program is under way with a new set of teams ready to launch.

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