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6th Annual New England Small Rural Hospital
Performance Improvement Summit


Current Issues in Performance Improvement
Is Your Rural New England Hospital On Track?

May 6th, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

New England Center, UNH, Durham, NH


You can learn more, register online, or download the application.
For Sponsorship opportunities, please see the Sponsor Signup Sheet.

2009 Summit Summary

Changes Ahead for Small Rural Hospitals, Say Summit Speakers

Last year's New England Small Rural Hospital Performance Improvement Summit on April 22, 2009 at the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth, NH was jam-packed with "take-aways" for small rural hospital CEOs and quality improvement staff.
Keynote speakers at the April 22 meeting targeted three major topics:

  • Impact of the Obama administration's healthcare policies on rural health, with the view from Washington presented by John T. Supplitt, Senior Director, AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals.

  • Boards-on-Board: What the best hospital boards do to improve quality and safety. Overview by James Conway, Senior Vice President, Institute for Health Improvement. Panelists Bruce King, President and CEO New London (NH) Hospital and John Rowe III, Board Chair, Emerson Hospital (Concord, MA) shared their successes.

  • How to Fund IT Projects: Earl Rugg, Rural Health IT Corporation, reviewed the latest information on funding for rural hospital IT projects available through the Stimulus package and other federal sources.

Breakout sessions on teamwork training, medication reconciliation, infection control, and medication safety initiatives gave attendees lots of ideas to take back to their organizations.

Review the speakers' presentations...

  • View from Washington, Federal Update (PPT/5.06MG): John T. Supplitt, Senior Director, American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

  • Governance of Quality "What Do the Best Boards Do, and How Do They Do It?" (PPT/3.20MG): Jim Conway, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healtcare Improvement (IHI)

  • Board's Role in Hospital Quality (PPT/1.98MG): American Hospital Association Center for Healthcare Governance

  • How to Fund Your HIT Projects (PPT/428KB): Rural Health IT Corporation (RHITC)

  • Wristband Standardization (PPT/900KB): Foundation for Healthy Communities

  • Better Medication History Taking: The Way to Improve Medication Reconciliation (PPT/1.08MG): Ed Tessier, PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Elizabeth A. Henneman, PhD, RN; Mark Heelon, PharmD; Karen Plotkin, PhD, RN; Brian Nathanson, PhD

  • Improving Patient Safety Through Leadership and Teamwork (PPT/9.15MG): Goodall Hospital Muskie School of Public Service

For more information about the 5th Annual New England Small Rural Hospital Performance Improvement Summit, contact Kim Mohan, NERHRT Executive Director, at 802-453-5475 or .
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