Don’t miss the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s annual “Summer Institute” on August 4 at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. This popular 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. She will be discussing “Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations in Texas.”
The presentation is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, please click here. Registration deadline is July 29.
For information, contact Sally Williams at 972-717-4279 or email@example.com.
The DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s annual Patient Safety Summit is just three weeks away. The event is set for Wednesday, August 3 at the Marriott Las Colinas in Irving from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Communication is Key,” with John Nance, pilot, author and business leader, to serve as keynote speaker. This event is ideal for healthcare employees, nurses, patient safety advocates, chief nursing officers and hospital executives. Check the flyer below for the numerous CE’s provided.
You can register here.
For additional information, contact Patti Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-648-5023.
“Mi casa su casa” we like to say at the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation. And for our 90 hospital members and 50-plus associate members, that is certainly the case. Following the DFWHC Foundation’s corporate move on April 15 to its new home at 300 Decker Drive, Suite 300 in Irving, the bags have been unpacked, the pictures hung and the carpets laid. It’s now time for an “Open House.”
DFWHC will host its official open house on July 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC, and Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation, will serve as hosts, answer questions and discuss future plans of the company. So drop by for some punch, snacks and a grand tour of the new digs.
Everyone is welcome to our new “casa,” but please RSVP to Wanda Diaz at email@example.com. We would hate to run out of pretzels.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.