The Texas Quality Initiative’s (TQI) 5th Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching. The event with a twist is set for June 30, with said twist being two identical meetings taking place at two different locations. That’s right, the TQI is coming to a theater near you!
A Dallas breakfast meeting is set for The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in the first floor auditorium. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. followed by the meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For Fort Worth residents, a dinner meeting is scheduled for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the Heart Center classrooms on the first floor. This event starts at 5:00 p.m. followed by the meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both events will feature Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president/CEO of Carter BloodCare, as the keynote speaker.
The target audience is service line administrators, executive staff, surgeons, cardiologists, data managers and quality improvement professionals.
You can register for the Dallas event here.
You can register for the Fort Worth event here.
TQI began in 2012 as a North Texas cardiovascular surgery collaborative. Today, there are 28 participating hospitals from five healthcare systems. TQI leaders will share knowledge with a goal of improving outcomes and patient safety.
For information, contact Cathy Knoff at email@example.com.
Blog by Kristin Jenkins, President, DFW Hospital Council Foundation
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to an outstanding program – the North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC). We are so grateful to Dr. Matt Murray of Cook Children’s Health Care System and Dr. Richard Howe, the executive director of NTREC. Their valuable leadership brought more than 1,900 primary care physicians to meaningful use of electronic health records. We are also thankful for the contributions of NTREC’s first executive director Mike Alverson. And let’s not forget our current NTREC staff Patrick Casey and Patricia Hawkins. We appreciate their hard work for seeing this grant through to its completion.
Six years ago, we began what was supposed to be a mere two-year journey to bring physicians to meaningful use of certified electronic health records. After two extensions from the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, most of the physicians using REC services met their Stage 1 Meaningful Use goals. It was a great success.
We now move on to a new stage of support for physician partners as they tackle the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requirements. We stand ready to serve these physicians as they approach the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ new reimbursement challenge. Six years ago, most of our physicians used paper records. Look how far we’ve come!
It has been an honor to work with our staff and the community’s physicians to start a foundation of information sharing through electronic recording of patient encounters. Thanks team, you have served our patients and hospitals well.
Mark your calendars as the DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s annual Patient Safety Summit has been set for Wednesday, August 3 at the Marriott Las Colinas in Irving. The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Communication is Key,” with John Nance serving as keynote speaker. This event is ideal for healthcare employees, nurses, patient safety advocates, chief nursing officers and hospital executives. CE’s will be provided. Registration will open in July.
Sponsorships are also available. For information, click here.
For additional information, contact Patti Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-648-5023.
We hope you can join us for the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s North Texas Nurse Preceptor Academy, June 16 at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. The program is from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Nurse Preceptor Academy is for healthcare professionals interested in learning about precepting, with sessions designed to help the beginner and the experienced preceptor. Speakers include nursing and allied health representatives from North Texas hospitals and schools.
Cost is $60. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. You must pre-register as seating is limited. You can register online here.
For information, contact Sally Williams or Isaac Carrasco at 972-719-4900 or email@example.com.
With the theme “Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations in Texas,” the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s annual Summer Institute is set for August 4 at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. This year’s event will be highlighted by speaker Margie Dorman-O’Donnell, director of case management at Cook Children’s and past president of the Texas Nurses Association. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register, please click here. Registration deadline is July 29. For information, please contact Sally Williams at 972-717-4279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.