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Patient complaints can identify surgeons with higher rates of bad surgical outcomes: study

Feb. 15, 2017—Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in collaboration with six other major academic health systems.

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‘Bridge’ initiative helps providers track patient care quality measures

Feb. 2, 2017—Improvements in how patients’ preventive health care needs are identified, documented and tracked are being implemented at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) through an initiative called Bridge, the aim of which is to increase the ability of both VUMC and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network to deliver care in a more cohesive manner rather than as a series of individual encounters.

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VUMC center lands AOA professionalism award

Jul. 7, 2016—Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has named the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) as the sole recipient of the 2016 Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award.

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Medical professionals can change their behavior: study

Apr. 21, 2016—Disrespectful and unsafe behavior by physicians and advanced practice medical professionals can undermine health care teams, but research shows that often a simple conversation to make an individual aware of their action can promote self-reflection and change.

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VU health professionals course headed for Australia

Jan. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) has announced a partnership with the Cognitive Institute, an international health care education provider based in Australia.

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Ebola not likely, but VUMC is prepared

Oct. 7, 2014—Armed with a validated and orchestrated plan, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is prepared to safely and effectively treat patients with the bloodborne disease Ebola, should the need arise.

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Hickson named to new quality, safety role

Jul. 18, 2013—Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and the Joseph C. Ross Professor of Medical Education and Administration, is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Prevention.

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Patient and Safety Scholarship program inaugurates first class

Feb. 21, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy has named its inaugural class of 34 scholarship recipients to participate in the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety’s (CBPPS) certification program.

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Hickson to chair board of patient safety foundation

Jul. 12, 2012—Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Board of Directors as well as chairman of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

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