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May 2019
Who We Are 
HCIF is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care
through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives.
Patient Safety & Quality Award 2019 Call For Entries Announcement & Upcoming Webinar
2019 Call for Entries
HCIF’s 2019 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award call for entries will be coming out June 2019, keep an eye out for forthcoming communication. This award recognizes hospitals and other providers for their innovative contributions in advancing patient safety and quality. We would also like to invite any interested clinical or administrative leaders to participate in the initial review of award entries by serving as a review panelist. Please contact Liz Owens with any questions you may have.
2018 Lessons Learned Webinar
Additionally, HCIF will be hosting the upcoming Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award program webinar entitled, “Safety & Quality Awards: 2018 Lessons Learned” on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 3:00 pm. This webinar will allow for further dissemination of the 2018 winning initiatives and focus on the following: why an organization pursued their initiative; key factors for success; how their program developed over the past year; and how another organization could replicate the program. The webinar is open to all those who are interested. Click here to register.
Contact Liz Owens

To Err is Human Screening Event
On May 9th, 2019 HCIF and the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH) screened the documentary “To Err is Human” hosted by WHYY.  Nearly 100 employers, hospital administrators, quality/safety leaders, patients and others were in attendance.  The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by WHYY’s Maiken Scott and included panelists, Missy Danforth, Vice President of Healthcare Ratings at the Leapfrog Group; Dr. Victor Caraballo, Vice President of Quality Management from Independence Blue Cross; Marsha Greene-Jones, Deputy Human Resources Director from the City of Philadelphia; and Richard Webster, President of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  The documentary and panel discussion stressed the importance of continued work and collaboration needed to advance patient safety. Thank you to our sponsors, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, Independence Blue Cross, and Jefferson Health, and to our partners, the GPBCH and WHYY for making this a successful event.

Project Update
HCIF was pleased to participate in the planning and kick-off of the PA Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) last month.  The April 24th event in Harrisburg was attended by over 200 people representing state agencies, providers, health system associations, provider associations, health plans, community-based organizations, researchers, foundations, quality improvement collaboratives, and advocates. Led by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), the aim of the collaborative is to reduce maternal mortality and improve care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids.  At the kick-off event, attendees received information on the PA Maternal Mortality Review Committee, the NEPA PQC, the PA PQC Quality Improvement Framework and more.  In addition, teams worked to identify their improvement priorities, gave a report on their next steps and participated in break-out sessions designed to promote peer-to-peer learning.  Pam Braun and Claudette Fonshell look forward to assisting the JHF in planning on-going collaborative programming and working with teams in their improvement efforts.   Information about the collaborative and the April 24th event can be found at
Contact Pam Braun

CPR Ready continues to teach hands-only CPR to community members throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. This past month, CPR Ready partners, including The Mobile CPR Project and CPAT Network led workshops at the Lafayette Boys Scouts and the Ridley Springfield Girl Scouts, thanks to generous support from The Foundation for Delaware County. 
Additionally, The Mobile CPR Project and Youth Heart Watch teamed up to complete the 3rd full day of CPR classes at the Philadelphia School District administration building training.  These Philadelphia School District classes are occurring one day each month with the next training scheduled for May 21st.  In total across all these events, 158 community members learned hands-only CPR. 

CPR Ready would like to thank the American Heart Association for donating an additional 500 CPR Anytime kits, which are equipped with inflatable manikin and instructional DVD.  The American Heart Association previously donated 1,260 kits, enabling CPR Ready to utilize a train-the-trainer model. 
Contact Nicole Lam
Staff Announcements
This month, HCIF bids farewell to Project Coordinator Bret Marlowe.  Bret’s association with HCIF began in 2012 when he worked as a Haverford College Whitehead intern for the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA).  He joined PHCQA on a full-time basis in 2014 and subsequently  became part of the HCIF team when the two organizations merged in 2015.  Bret has provided strong analytic and project support to several programs in addition to PHCQA, including the PURC prostate cancer program, the Capital Blue Cross Leapfrog initiative, and the CPR Ready campaign.  He is also a key member of HCIF’s communications and marketing team which manages HCIF’s website and social media.  Bret has been admitted to the MBA program in healthcare management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and his last day at HCIF will be May 23rd.  Congratulations and good luck Bret – we will miss you!
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Health Care Improvement Foundation
Ten Penn Center
1801 Market Street, Suite 710
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.563.2444

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