BryanLGH's Crete Area Medical Center was invited to present at the 2011 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in LaVista, Nebraska. Presenters included Dr. Russell J. Ebke, Stephanie Hollman, Outpatient Clinical Officer, Jayne VanAsperen, Quality Director, and Ruth Stephens, Chief Nursing Officer. The four were invited to present on two different topics which included the Medical Home for which CAMC has received Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and Heart Failure Care - Achieving Best Outcomes and Providing Exceptional Patient Care.
Approximately 450 healthcare providers statewide participated in the Forum in an effort to build partnerships to improve the quality of care for Nebraskans. The Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum focused on successes in improving the quality of healthcare for a rapidly growing Medicare population, including initiatives that succeed in improving quality of care in nursing homes, homecare agencies, hospitals and physician offices.
In addition to Crete Area Medical Center staff, more than thirty Nebraska healthcare organizations presented quality improvement initiatives, methods and data and activities demonstrating their efforts to improve healthcare practices. Presentation topics included organizational culture change, clinical care, patient safety, health information technology, health literacy, patient-centered care processes and transitions of care.
The 2011 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum was sponsored by CIMRO of Nebraska, Nebraska's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). CIMRO of Nebraska is an independent QIO under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work with Nebraska providers to improve the quality of care for Nebraska Medicare beneficiaries.
"CIMRO of Nebraska is pleased with the attendance and level of participation in the seventh annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. This unique opportunity allows Nebraska healthcare professionals the chance to share their innovative system changes and best practices across all care disciplines. This level of collaboration among Nebraska healthcare professionals sets our state apart as we strive to make healthcare in Nebraska the nation's best," stated Greg Schieke, CIMRO of Nebraska Senior Vice President.