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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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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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Health IT key to rapid response after recall of epinephrine device

Dec. 10, 2015—At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a recent urgent drug recall of a specific epinephrine auto-injection device elicited a quick communications strategy to protect affected patients seen by Vanderbilt Medical Group providers.

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VUMC lands high marks on new hospital quality rating from U.S. News and World Report

May. 21, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) achieved high marks on U.S. News and World Report’s newest rating for hospital quality.

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Vanderbilt again leaps into top tier of national hospital quality list

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt University Hospital has garnered a spring 2015 patient safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability.

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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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