January 2008, Issue #14

Early Bird Registration Closes January 23, 2008
Institute's Website Will Launch Patient-and Family-Centered Primary Care Section
Please join us in welcoming LeAndria Streeter, our newest staff member.
2008 is Bringing Recognition to Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Patient Centered Health Information Technology Blog (PCHIT)
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Early Bird Registration Closes January 23, 2008

The Early Bird Registration deadline is January 23.

Please register as soon as possible because we are limited to 300 participants and expect an early sell out! As of January 15, teams of attendees represent fifty-five hospitals and five nations.

Please note: the rooms at our host hotel—the Emory Conference Center—are completely sold out.

The Courtyard Marriott, located about 2 miles from the Emory Conference Center, is holding a number of rooms for overflow reservations. To make a reservation at the Courtyard Marriott, call the hotel directly at 404-728-0708 or 800-321-2211 and request the IFCC rate.

We are negotiating shuttle bus service between the Conference Center and the Marriott; stayed tuned for more information.

For the first time we will be offering a special track for senior leaders. Major topics include:

The Role of Executive Leadership in Transformational Change

Enhancing Research and Evaluation for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Collaborating with Patients and Families for Quality, Safety and Risk Management

Applying Patient- and Family-Centered Concepts to Design and Design Planning for Renovation and New Construction Projects

New Approaches in Human Resources: Honoring Effective Partnerships.


Institute's Website Will Launch Patient-and Family-Centered Primary Care Section

At the Institute's 3rd International Conference held in Seattle,Washington in 2007 there was great interest in translating pediatric knowledge about patient- and family-centered care  and the medical home into the adult primary care arena. The two sessions that dealt with implementation of partnerships in adult primary care were well-attended.

In March, 2007, a consensus paper, Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home,was released by four organizations representing more than 300,000physicians: the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association.

To aid primary care providers in getting started, Institute staff joined forces with the Terpsys IT team to create a section of the IFCC Website dedicated to Patient-and Family-Centered Primary Care. The Institute received support to initiate this section of our website from The Commonwealth Fund. 

Be sure to visit this exciting new section of the Institute's website: launch date January 23, 2008

Please join us in welcoming LeAndria Streeter, our newest staff member.

The Institute for Family-Centered Care is delighted to welcome LeAndria Streeter as our Special Projects Assistant. LeAndria, who describes herself as “people centered,” is a great addition to our staff. Her blend of multicultural interests, graphic design expertise, meeting planning background- and that “can do” attitude- is exactly what the Institute needs.
LeAndria was born and raised in Charleston, SC, but spent the first five years of her life in Okinawa, Japan. A 2007 graduate of Clemson University, LeAndria was the Program Chair, Secretary, and Junior Chapter Advisor for the Clemson Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest student-managed organization in the world. She was responsible for planning travel to the Society’s regional and national conferences, coordinating opportunities for pre-college experiences, and organizing the Junior Mentor Program. The Hospitals Moving Forward with Patient- and  Family-Centered Care Seminar will benefit immensely from LeAndria's valuable experience and skills.

LeAndria was also a leader in the Multicultural Affairs Department. She served on the events planning committee, with special attention to the annual Martin Luther King Celebration. She engaged in advertising and marketing campaigns, promoted multicultural social events, and provided support to students from around the globe.

When not at work, LeAndria enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves music of all types and is an accomplished pianist. Family, friends, and neighbors often call her upon to act as an image consultant. LeAndria came to Washington, DC to visit with her sister and decided to stay. Charleston’s loss is the Institute’s gain. Please join us in welcoming LeAndria, the Institute’s newest staff member.

2008 is Bringing Recognition to Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Jim Conway, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers a superb example of the benefits of patient and family-centered-care in his article in the Jan/Feb. 2008 Healthcare Executive, Patients and Families, Powerful new partners for healthcare and caregivers.

Don't miss Jim's call to hospital trustees and executive leaders to... "make a commitment to patient- and family-centered care, to move it from a discussion of 'if' to a discussion of 'when and how', and to realize the benefits of these new partnerships.... that to make the transformation we need in healthcare, we must have an active partnership with patients and families."...Read More
Patient Centered Health Information Technology Blog (PCHIT)

Ted Eytan, MD, Medical Director of Health Informatics and Web Services in the Quality & Informatics Division of the Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, is a Family Physician and Patient Empowerment Advocate. He is on sabbatical leave and is spending time in Washington DC. Dr. Eytan is one of the developers and principal bloggers for Patient Centered Health Information Technology.

Read Ted's blog, Patient AND Family Centered, using the PHR to connect with everyone. He says, "One of the things I have noticed in the era of the EHR/PHR is that there is always someone else or others supporting patients that are not with them physically....What I do, then, is use the After Visit Summary to compose a letter to that person or people, with the patient helping me write it. The "letter" is printed out on the hard copy, and then " ... Read More

Don't miss this month's launch of the Primary Care Section of the IFCC Website!