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‘UPP’ and Running: Care Improvement Program Melds URMC’s Biggest Priorities

Just a month ago, Strong Memorial Hospital rolled out the “Unit-based Performance Program” (UPP), a major initiative that will—by braiding the three together—help inpatient units better coordinate their improvement efforts around 1) patient safety, 2) the ICARE experience, and 3) operational efficiency.

10/23/2013 | 0 comments

Curbing Readmissions: Tricky Business, but URMC Named ‘Top Performer’

When it comes to the thorny problem of cutting hospital readmissions rates, a new report cites URMC as a top performer. In early October, leaders from “Best Practices for Better Care”—a patient quality- and safety-improvement initiative quarterbacked by both the University HealthSystem Consortium and the Association of American Medical Colleges—reached out, asking URMC leaders to spill their secrets for success.

10/11/2013 | 0 comments

Scores Prove: Hospitalists Paving Way for Better Patient Experience

As chief of URMC’s Division of Hospital Medicine, Andrew Rudmann, M.D., and fellow hospitalists are looking to make the hospital more intelligible, and a little smaller. Their techniques—handing business cards to patients, calling home to “check up” after they’ve left— are certainly creative. More importantly, they’re working.

9/13/2013 | 0 comments

Pilot Program Pushes Back Against Nurse Injury

With all the heavy lifting nurses do—quite literally putting their backs into their work—they’re exposed to a very hard-to-cure problem that could spell lifelong discomfort.

8/15/2013 | 0 comments

New ‘Virtual Care Center’ Choreographs Post-Discharge Care

As hospitals around the country work hard at winnowing down readmission rates, a new grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation will give URMC’s Strong Memorial Hospital the chance to try a fresh approach: A “virtual care center.”

8/7/2013 | 0 comments