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Case Study: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement by Strengthening the Culture of Safety - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

September 26, 2008 - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 569-bed, level-one trauma center located in Norfolk, Va. It is one of six hospitals in a regional integrated health care delivery network operated by not-for-profit Sentara Healthcare.

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Case Study: Creating a Culture of Safety in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System

September 26, 2008 - The Veterans Health Administration, a component of the Department of Veterans Affairs, operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, providing care to more than 5.1 million veterans and 7.6 million enrollees at more than 1,300 sites of care nationwide.

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Case Study: Applying the Quality Improvement Techniques of Manufacturing Industries to Medical Practice

September 19, 2008 - With the help of consultants with expertise in the automotive industry, a large ophthalmology practice in Lansing, Mich., reduced patient wait times and its need for clinical support staff.

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Case Study: Beth Israel Medical Center

September 15, 2008 - Beth Israel Medical Center is a very large, full-service tertiary teaching hospital located in New York City. Its main division, the focus of this case study, was founded on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the late 1800s to serve vulnerable populations in the community.

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Case Study: Implementing Developmental Screening at Oxford Pediatrics

September 15, 2008 - A pediatric practice in Oxford, Ohio, adopted a standardized developmental screening tool as part of a demonstration program led by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Case Study: Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital

September 15, 2008 - Legacy Good Samaritan hospital is part of the Legacy Health System, which includes two tertiary hospitals, three community hospitals, the largest children's hospital in Oregon, as well as primary and specialty care clinics, hospice care, and a full-service research facility.

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Case Study: Rankin Medical Center

September 15, 2008 - Rankin Medical Center in Brandon, Mississippi, is a small community hospital with about 90 active acute care beds and serving five rural and suburban counties.

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Case Study: St. Mary's Health Care System

September 15, 2008 - St. Mary's Health Care System recently celebrated its 100th year of service in Athens, Georgia. Located 70 miles from downtown Atlanta, it operates 165 beds (with a capacity of 195), and has about 10,000 inpatient admissions annually.

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The Polyclinic Family Medicine Practice: Case Studies of Patient- and Family-Centered Primary Care Practices

August 28, 2008 - The Family Medicine Practice of The Polyclinic is one of 12 primary care practices included in this case study project of high-performing patient-centered primary care practices.

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Grant Community Clinic: Case Studies of Patient- and Family-Centered Primary Care Practices

August 28, 2008 - Grant Community Clinic is one of 12 primary care practices featured in Commonwealth Fund case studies of patient-centered practices.

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Is It Quality Improvement or Research?

July 24, 2008 - Case studies of two leading health care organizations show that they share a common perspective of quality improvement (QI) as integral to excellence in clinical practice and, therefore, subject to the same ethical obligation to deliver the best possible care to patients.

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Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group: A Case Study of Patient- and Family-Centered Primary Care Practice

June 26, 2008 - The Spring Street site of the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group (WFMG) is one of 12 primary care practices featured in Commonwealth Fund case studies of high- performing patient-centered primary care practices.

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Cardinal Primary Care Medical Group, Inc.: A Case Study of Patient- and Family-Centered Primary Care Practice

June 26, 2008 - The Cardinal Primary Care Medical Group is one of 12 practice sites featured in Commonwealth Fund case studies of high-performing patient-centered primary care practices.

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The North Dakota Experience: Achieving High-Performance Health Care Through Rural Innovation and Cooperation

May 21, 2008 - North Dakota faces health care challenges common to many rural areas of the U.S., but the state's health care system appears to be performing better than that in many other states--rural or urban. A new Fund report shows how North Dakota is getting it done.

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Case Study: Reducing Hospital Readmissions Among Heart Failure Patients at Catholic Healthcare Partners

March 20, 2008 - A quality improvement program implemented at a large nonprofit health system relied on performance reporting, financial incentives, and a nursing intervention to promote evidence-based care for heart failure patients and to lower readmissions among these patients.

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